Start navigating the negative forces

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 | Tags: , | No Comments
Start navigating the negative forces

There’s a common refrain among many teams: “If only we had more ___, we could do more ___.” It’s easy to feel knocked around by the negative forces around you. But most teams have a lot more control than they realize.

The manager is dead. Long live the manager.

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 | Tags: | 3 Comments
The manager is dead. Long live the manager.

Our ears pricked up when we heard that Zappos had decided to do away with managers and job titles. The idea is to distribute power more broadly, increase accountability, and get rid of all the bureaucratic layers that can make companies feel corporate in the worst possible way. The underlying intent seems spot-on. But let’s hope Zappos still finds a way to preserve the best of what great managers do (even if they no longer call those people managers).