Simple rules of managers

  • “the leading position is one of support, not authority”
  • “don’t make someone’s else decisions your decisions”
  • “I hire people who complete my skill set”
  • “integrating a new employee into the team is more important than his skills”
  • “all those affected by a decision must take part in the discussion”
  • “for a good relationship, the ratio between praise and criticism must be 3 to 1”
  • “when something goes wrong, I’m not looking for who’s to blame because that’s me”.

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Analysis paralysis

Analysis paralysis is the tendency to act only when you are ultra-confident about the chosen solution can result from two psychological mechanisms: the fear of making mistakes and the belief that, choosing a solution now, we miss the chance of finding a much better one.

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I asked several top managers from various industries what are the pros and cons of the remote decision-making process. The fact that they identified several disadvantages and talked more about each can be a sign that the process is neither optimal nor qualitative.

+ All the advantages they mentioned relate to the effectiveness of the meeting. Remote meetings are “shorter , because you have them set in your calendar ; the meetings come one after the other , so you have to start and finish on time.” In addition, “no more time is wasted on all sorts of jokes” , they have a better information structure, because“people go straight to the point on Zoom” and because“we have learned to talk one at a time, to listen and to wait our turn to talk.” Among the best practices, a country manager identifies“the follow-up minutes, done immediately after the call (the boss usually does this, to keep conclusions in line with his purpose for the meeting).”

Among the disadvantages, the most often mentioned is the lack of informal meetings, which makes “certain type of information that people might have learned by chance be less shared or not at all.”. In addition, “in the real office life, many decisions are made during the coffee break, with people exploring possibilities and seeking compromise.” Some managers have tried to fill this gap by “adding 15 minutes for small talk at the end of each Zoom meeting.” Another disadvantage is the “lack of engagement : face to face, you see when people want to say something and you have a chance to involve them in the conversation; you cannot do that if, on Zoom, the person turns off the camera.”

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What is sunk cost effect?

To create a product or a service that is no longer needed, but you keep spending money, time, and effort on other features, hoping that maybe you can rescue it? This thing is known as “throwing good money after bad” and economists call it the “sunk cost effect”.

Sometimes, the effect is so strong that people are immune to any explanation, mathematical, financial, or otherwise.

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