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SXSW: 7 reasons your employees hate you

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This was a worksheet our CEO, Adam Kleinberg, distributed at his SXSW presentation on 7 reasons your employees hate you. It's a strategic framework to help you become a better manager.

This was a worksheet our CEO, Adam Kleinberg, distributed at his SXSW presentation on 7 reasons your employees hate you. It's a strategic framework to help you become a better manager.

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  • 1. The Why-people-hate-you-and-what-your-gonna-do-about-it Strategic WorksheetStep 1. Why are you here?Strategy begins by defining your objectives. Why are you doing this? To improve your team’s performance? To create a more innovative culture? Because you feel lost as amanager? Write your answer in the space below. As you make decisions throughout this exercise, make sure they map back to the goals you define.Step 2. Why might they hate me?Brainstorm. What are some reasons that you have hated managers? Write down the ones you suspect your employees may feel about you.Step 3. Why do they hate you?Create a quick mind map with YOU at the center. Start each branch of your map with a reason they hate you. Rather than simple word association, ask “why?” for eachword you put on your map. Write the three end points that resonate most strongly with you below.Step 4. What are you going to do about it?For each of the reasons you’ve listed above, come up with some possible tactics that might address them. Don’t look for silver bullets. Write down a few specific tangibleideas that might make a positive directional impact in the areas you described.Keep in touch: Adam Kleinberg • @adamkleinberg • adam@tractionco.com • 415.962.5823
  • 2. no experience don’t trust them You’re a twit. micromanager! Tweet stupid things. … don’t leave them alone YOU... ...leave them alone too much ...don’t follow through trust them to do good job ...don’t follow own rules they’re smart… say something. It’s not true. Do as I say, not as I do. smart ≠ informed Liar. menial tasks for menial people sad face What a JERK!
  • 3. YOU...

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