This increasing distance to customers when advancing in a career is an odd proposition if you accept the premise that the customer ultimately is the one paying for each and every salary in a company. Working directly with the customer should be one of the most important jobs - after all it is the raison d'être of the entire construction.
Since moving into a leads role at Automattic, my responsibilities have changed quite a bit. Where previously I focussed on direct customer interactions (and some quality assurance), my primary concern is now my team and the division. This beckons the question: how do I organize my day? And what should I be doing? This very question was part of my most recent coaching conversation
HIIT can boost your physical fitness, difficult conversations can boost your professional fitness - or maybe even your general mental wellbeing, since difficult conversations might not be restricted to your work environment.
Difficult conversations are part of your professional (and private) life. But difficult does not need to mean nerve-wracking or anxiety inducing. Learn how to use them as learning opportunities.
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Ask any business guru and productivity coach, and they will confirm you the importance of a meeting agenda to make sure attendees can prepare. Ask any person who regularly attends meetings and they might confess that they look at the agenda the moment they dial in for the meeting or walk through the door. And yet, … Continue reading The power of a set agenda
After my last coaching call, a friend shared this article with a reminder about Renée Brown's book "Rising Strong". Basically, the story you make up in your mind in the absence of information is not necessarily the full truth. And given that our minds are much more creative around detecting fear, you are more likely to make up a horror story than a beautiful happy ending.
I am a control freak. There. I've said it. I like to know what happens when, with whose participation, for how long and with which anticipated results. That's why I love having an agenda, and why I expect everybody to be on time and well prepared. That's why I get annoyed if someone shows up … Continue reading The art of letting go of control