The Management Guide for Executives
Management is a complex, yet critical responsibility when growing a successful organization. Managing people, products, projects, processes, risks, and operations are just a handful of the challenges executives should double down on.
This management resource here includes the practical management guides I’ve worked on for my team and advisory clients released to the public.
The world of management in 21st century is shaped by a myriad of emerging roles and specialties and a digital ecosystem that is rarely taught at management schools.
As a result, the vast majority of all managers fall into one of the two categories:
- MBAs with no practical industry expertise (and former background from the bottom-up)
- Niche professionals promoted to management once they reach their cap
These shortcomings show up on the job and can escalate quickly.
This compilation of management resources should help you navigate the management space better and fill in some gaps as and where you see fit.
Introduction to Management
The essentials in managing a business
6 Traits of Great Managers
What defines a great manager in practice? Management is a complex science on its own but communicating with people sits on top of the process. Clients, stakeholders, your team, executives, vendors, partners — find out how to improve your management chops.
Business Process Challenges for Project Managers
Managing business processes consumes 90% of the time of an enterprise-grade manager. Smaller organizations are still lean and haven’t developed all workflows fully. Also, if you’ve just transitioned in a new role, you may be struggling with the processes you need to comply with and manage yourself.
Employee Motivation Strategies
A happy employee is a productive employee. But managing expectations and boosting motivation is not trivial. Find out what it takes to handle critical situations and convey the right message to your team here.
Niche Management Concepts
Specific strategies and caveats surrounding the management field
Employee Relations and Conflict Management
How to handle employee relations at the workspace properly? Conflict resolution and managing expectations across departments and divisions within the organization is a skill of its own. Read on for other tips you can apply in practice.
The Anatomy of Micromanagement
Micromanagement probably carries the most negative connotation of a common practice in the management space. But if it’s all that bad, why do businesses employ it so often? Read about the reasons micromanagement exists and figure out how to take the good without jeopardizing the culture of your team.
Important Lessons About Burnout
Burnouts are often more painful and significantly longer than sick leaves. As a manager, you may fail to recognize an employee going through burnout or miss an opportunity to save them while it’s still possible.
Read the burnout guide and find out what will help your team prepare for possible energy drains and mental outages.
Working with Remote Teams
Remote and distributed teams have successfully gone through a validation phase. Companies like GitLab and Automattic are fully remote, employing over a thousand people each in a distributed fashion. If you’re still facing troubles managing remote resources, here’s what you need to know.
Management for tech companies is a whole different beast, but worry not
Managing Existing Projects
Existing projects that have been in the works for months or even years are hard to get into. But great managers know how to get onboarded quickly, assess their teams, analyze historical data, focus on the problems at hand that need immediate attention.
Non-Technical Founders Managing Technical Companies
Are you a non-technical founder of a tech firm? Managing engineers is probably rough. Engineers are in demand and represent a smart fraction of the population that needs both independence and vision at a time. Here’s how to navigate the complex process in this case.
Importance of Technical Leadership
Technical leaders are aware of the business processes, the technical environment, and the development team. CTOs have a strategic role – research, architecture, platform design, picking the right technical layer for a new solution, and strategically leading the dev team.