The first and biggest challenge for any new manager is finding the right balance between being a good people manager and an effective task manager.
Welcome to my blog. I have been a manager for fifteen years, and for the past five years I have been leading teams of 500 people or more as a director and VP for large growth companies. I share my leadership journey and thoughts here with the hopes of helping and inspiring other leaders.
I had a dream the other night that I was flying. The pilot said he was experienced and a trainer of other pilots, which made me feel better. I sat in the […]
When I was a boy a family friend told me, “You get more flies with honey, kid.” I used to hear that saying a lot as a boy because my resting facial […]
Manager is a just a made up word. Supposedly a manager is a person who controls a portion of a business, but you and I know this is silly, and not a […]
An undergrad from my alma-matter, the University of Hartford, asked me for some advice on how to make the most of an internship he just landed. Here’s my response: Dear So and […]
The greatest trick Waste ever pulled was convincing the Organization it didn’t exist. Waste does not look like an enemy, it appears as a friend-in-need. Waste is the extra team member that […]
Last year I wrote this fun little article about how I had grown fat, old, and pre-diabetic. Since then I’ve lost 15% of my body weight in the following six easy steps. […]
Chapter One “Nick!” Tony whispered. Nick moaned. “Wake up. And keep quiet. We gotta go now if we’re gonna go,” said Tony. “Get lost.” Tony was Nick’s older brother. His real name […]
There are Demma ghosts all over that place, you know, especially in the basement. I hated going down there, except for cleaning out the shoot at the end of the night. The […]
My wife and I are children of immigrants, just like almost everyone else who lives in America. While it is unlikely that any serious immigration legislation will pass this congress, we have […]
It wasn’t until the drive home that David realized what was happening. Was she really gone? Thirty-seven years ago they made a vow that was fulfilled last week, and he couldn’t imagine […]
Dear Jack, Two years ago today mommy brought you into this world. Two crazy years of chasing your stinkin’ behind all over the place. Two years of laughing, playing, screaming, wrestling, and […]
“Business” is just a made up word for a group of people who decide to work together towards a common goal that they feel will help them achieve their own personal goals. […]
Warren Buffett says he was born lucky. Being born in America, in the 1930s, without having to overcome barriers of race or gender, combined with the power of compound interest, allowed Buffett […]
The other day I read this Wall Street Journal article called “Smarter Ways to Discipline Children.” The article advocates the parent management strategy outlined by Dr. Alan E. Kazdin in his famous […]