Tag: team management

Capacity planning tips for team leader

Capacity planning in this context means understanding the maximum amount of work your team can handle within a given period and proposing an adjustment to headcounts accordingly. The basics sound simple: In practice, it can be a lot more complicated, especially for new managers. Common mistakes are: As a result, for new managers, it happens…

Anyone can learn anything

We were born equal. Unless there are severe issues with the physical brain, I firmly believe that given enough time and guidance, anyone can learn anything they want. But they may learn the same thing differently. For example, Christian (not his real name) makes the mistake of assuming that his new team members learn the…

Team leader: tips to delegate work based on personal strength

team leader to delegate work based on personal strength

“Average managers play checkers, while great managers play chess” by Marcus Buckingham in the article “What Great Managers Do.” In checkers, all the pieces are identical in how they can move, whereas in chess, each piece is unique in its ability to move. A chess player needs to combine the unique strengths of all of…

Tips for working with strong personality team members

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Managing strong personality team members is often one of the most challenging parts of being a first-time people manager.  First, let me address what I mean by a strong personality. David Wolfle puts it as “Someone who seems highly independent and somewhat unnerving. There’s nothing wrong with knowing what you want and having the guts…