Why We’re Polarized by Ezra Klein – A Book Review

I recently completed reading the book “Why we are polarized” by the author Ezra Klein.  In this book, Klein tries to answer the question of why American politics has become so polarized in recent years. He does so by tracing the history of political polarization in the United States, starting with the Civil War.  Klein…

The best credit card to pay rent with (Nov 2022)

Are you looking for ways to save money on your rent? If so, you may be wondering if using a credit card to pay rent is a good option. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of using a credit card to pay rent and offer tips for doing so wisely. We’ll also answer some…

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…

Setting high expectations for your team members

Setting high expectations for your team members is one of the most important things a team leader can do. By having high expectations, you are sending the message that you believe in your team and that you expect them to achieve great things. This can motivate team members to work harder and achieve more than…

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…