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Notes to Myself as a Young Manager

  1. Trust people. Be prepared for them to make mistakes, and be there to help them fix things.
  2. Allow new situations time to mature and clarify before taking action. Don’t make any decisions until you have to.
  3. The majority of your work will take place in meetings, and there is nothing wrong with that, as long as the meetings are valuable.
  4. Don’t bring surprises to the meeting.
  5. A shortcoming in someone could be a strength if applied properly.
  6. Do not start new fires simply because you are used to fighting fires.
  7. Be compassionate, but hold others accountable for their work.
  8. Humor doesn’t work as well as you think it does. It generally just causes confusion.

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