Leadership

goodbye sanity, hello anxiety

We were discussing something, my boss and I, and we disagreed about an idea my boss had. I thought it was an unnecessary burden we really didn’t have time for then. He really wanted it. Still, I managed to convince him, hurray! Only … A week later, I found out he had started on it anyway.

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Take my credit, but you can't break me

During the standup, my boss spoke up. He told everyone about the Great Initiative we were starting, as was proper. It was great and it was important. What wasn’t great and what wasn’t proper (but it turned to be very important) was that he presented it as his initiative and his alone, which, as far as telling the truth goes, was very much not it.

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How do you solve a problem like problem-solving?

When a new employee started (let’s call them Cam), I transferred several of my responsibilities to them. Alas, some of them kept coming back and coming back again (through being asked to deal with some more difficult problems). Of course, I was ready to help out and all that. But it was also getting a tiny bit super annoying.

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Simple, yet significant

When it was my time to lead a hiring process, I had this great plan: I WILL DO IT DIFFERENTLY. I wasn’t too happy with a lot of recruitment practices, and one that bothered me was the communication with candidates. Or lack thereof. I knew very well what an anxiousness-filled eternity waiting for a response can be, when all sorts of unlikely scenarios cross the realm of possibility.

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Hidden impact in the spotlight

It started with something quite common: most of the focus was on the money. And with it, the people bringing in the money. They were the obvious ones. They were the sung heroes of the everyday. If you were not one of them, your work getting some attention was mainly limited to working on something super unusual or so mega stupendous that it simply demanded attention.

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