Good meetings have an ideal outcome, not just a purpose.
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All the tasks that a manager has to do can be put into one of three categories:
Management is the belief that you don't have to do everything yourself or even know how to do everything.
All managers share a common purpose - that of helping a group of people achieve a common goal.
The job of a manager:
A great manager needs to get a deep knowledge of their strengths, values, comfort zones, blind spots, and biases. If you don't know how to manage yourself, you won't have a good handle on how to best support your team.
Questions to help you understand yourself:
Hiring is the opportunity to build the future of your organisation.
Leadership is the skill of being able to help guide and influence people.
A manager is a role.
For a manager to be effective, she should be a leader. But a leader doesn't have to be a manager. The job as a manager is to empower your team to find solutions, not to "save the day".
Feedback is a powerful tool to help your team grow.
Your role as a manager is not to do the work yourself, even if you are the best at it, because that will only take you so far. Your role is to improve the purpose, people, and process of your team to get as high a multiplier effect on your collective outcome as you can.
Brainstorming lets you speculate without restriction, but your ideas must be checked against reality. Be realistic about what options are actionable, and then take the next steps.
Encourage teammates to submit ideas into a single project. Then, have everyone like their favorites and sort them based on that.
Knowing these and other biases is not enough. We need a framework for making decisions.
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