Management Archives - Amie Devero

Relinquish Control?? Scary!!

October 12, 2020
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Most of my clients are founders or leaders of high-growth start-up companies, so I get to see their evolution along that path. Eventually most of them experience a tension. On the one hand they need their teams to take on more responsibility and ownership over projects […]

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Burnt Out

September 28, 2020
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The beginning of autumn is NOT when we would normally be thinking about burnout. Start of the fourth quarter usually marks renewal. People return to work from summer vacations, children begin a new school year, Europe reopens after August holidays and the fashion and entertainments industries launch their […]

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What Should We Do About Jesse?

September 14, 2020
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Most of us have heard the well-worn trope that you should hire slowly and fire quickly. Like most categorical rules, this is over-simplistic. Firstly, the last half of the rule is almost never possible because the problem employee is rarely detected quickly.

But the first part […]

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First, Ask Why

July 31, 2020
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When I was serious about triathlons, I learned a term from my running coach: Junk Miles. Junk miles are runs that have no purpose. They wear on your body and don’t have any training purpose. The point is – every time you […]

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Great Managers Are Made Not Born (redux)

June 21, 2020
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In our business culture, we do a peculiar thing. We take people who are extraordinary at their jobs and then give them new jobs for which they have never been trained and in which they have no expertise. That’s crazy. And maybe you suspect that I have […]

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Developing Your Team from Afar

May 26, 2020
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When we work virtually, we lose some obvious touch-points of organizational life.  Many of those practical challenges have been well-explored. For example, almost every organization has learned to replicate meetings, measure productivity and output, and even to replace social gathering like happy hours and all-hands […]

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The Leader’s Empathy Challenge

April 26, 2020
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We often expect others to be just like us. It’s a weirdly human phenomenon that we all think others feel the way we do. So, for example, you may feel that most people have similar opinions to you or draw the same conclusions from social cues as […]

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Planning in a Pandemic

April 16, 2020
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If you are a business leader, owner or founder, this pandemic has likely left you reeling.

Prior to this change in the world, you likely had a plan. You were growing or pivoting, expanding or diversifying. That plan could feel irrelevant –and it may be.

The world […]

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