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The Managerial

The Erin Edit

My thoughts on management, leadership, family, people, training and everything in between. For more than ten years I have worked closely across companies and teams from a variety of industries helping executives and managers focus on a few simple but not at all easy areas that lead to high engagement. As humans, we get in our own way. We let emotions lead us, we try to defy the "gravity" that is human motivation and mental health. I'll share with you these situation and approaches here.

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Scope Creep

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Ever experienced anything that started out as one thing and ended being something much bigger? That's essentially scope creep. The term is usually used for projects but it also applies to the scope of a role. As a manager, you need to keep an eye on scope creep for each of your team members. Roles will start to expand and all the sudden you have someone who has far extended beyond the original scope of their role.At that point you need to decide 1) Does this person need a promotion and title change to properly reflect the expanded responsibilities or 2) Does this person need to go back to the original scope and they added pieces needed to be delegated elsewhere including to a potential new role that's needed?

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Expectations
Foundations
Human Resources
Roles

Let's Change the World

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Here's what we know:-poor managers affect their team members' lives negatively -strong managers affect their team members' lives positively-right now, only 32% (Gallup) of team members have strong managers-68% of the workforce has a poor manager = 68% of the workforce has a strong negative influence in their lives

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Mental Health
New Manager
Team Development
The Hows

How's Your Mental Health?

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What happens when it's not in balance was front and center in my household last week. It was a disruption to our daily life and one we are grateful for. Why? Because when we know something is wrong, we can address it. There's been a ~30% increase in mental health issues with teens since 2020 and one of our kiddos is part of that group. Too many people suffer in silence. Too many people try to "tough it out". Too many people have their mental health negatively impacted by companies and ineffective managers. I've seen firsthand the damage a poor manager can have on the people not only on their team but others in the organization.

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Bad Manager
Mental Health
The Hows
Team Development

I Don't Have Time

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Here's the fundamental problem plaguing managers: time. Why? Because when expectations and the time to execute them are being evaluated, the critical requirements of people management are often not part of that conversation. "40 hours is plenty of time to complete the work" - the work being the functional part of the role only. But when someone is a manager of people, their #1 priority is their management expectations. So everything is backwards. How should it go?

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Time

It's My Birthday!

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Yep, you read that right. My birthday is 4/20. Bouncers at bars in college thought my ID was fake like I was trying to pull a McLovin situation. But this email is about birthdays in general, not just mine. Do you have your team members' birthdays marked on your calendar? Do you know if they like having their birthdays celebrated? Make sure ...

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Recognition & Reward

You Can Do This

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When that voice (you know the one I'm talking about - the pessimistic, hangry voice in your head that is SO dRaMaTiC) starts to say things like "you aren't good enough for this", I want you to ask yourself this question: "What evidence do I have to support that claim?"

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Individual Development
Expectations
Mental Health

Oversharer

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As a manager it can be really tempting to overshare with your team. I know because I absolutely made this mistake as a new manager.

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Bad Manager
Communications
New Manager
Manager Mistakes
The Hows

Managing PTO Requests for Team Members with Kids

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While we want to treat everyone equally, the reality is, certain logistics can be impacted by team members who have kids. For example, PTO requests all coming in for the same period of time like Spring Break.

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Foundations
Human Resources
PTO
Time

How's Your Year Starting Off?

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Here we are in March - almost through the first quarter of 2023. Time indeed flies. It's a great time to take stock of a few key things in managing your team now that we've got our stride in 2023. If you aren't intentional, your time will be managed by deadlines and other urgencies.

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Communications
Expectations
Performance Management
Time

The Blind Side

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Assessments
Engagement
Individual Development

Do You Have a Release Valve?

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When a teapot heats up, you hear its familiar whistle. That's due to the steam being released as the water temperature rises changing its chemistry. Without that small space for the steam to escape, the pressure would become too great for the pot leading to a disaster.

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Manager Mistakes
PTO
Mental Health

Is Your Team a Hotel or House?

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Having a team identity or in professional speak, a sub or micro-culture, is vital to your team's success. As long as it's not in conflict with the overall company's. When done properly it's the way your team specifically operates due to its unique function and makeup of team members.

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Expectations
Team Development

Anyone Can Fool You for 90 Days

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While this isn't exactly scientific, in my experience working with managers over the last decade, people can turn on the charm if you will for 90 days.

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Accountability
Human Resources
Manager Mistakes
Team Development

The F Word

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For everyone, the term family means something different. For some, that's trauma-filled. For some, that's joy-filled. But everyone has a different lens they look through when they hear that word. When you say "family" that could evoke really painful memories for those reporting to you

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Bad Manager
Manager Mistakes
Foundations
Team Development

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