Don’t Let Unfinished Business Ruin Your Work

When the demands you face outpace the resources you have to address them, you’ll end up negotiating with yourself about which of your many fires you should put out, even as you painfully neglect the others. I call this set of imperfect choices the manager’s dilemma because it is truly a no-win situation, without an […]

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When Resources Shrink and Demands Grow, Managers Get Caught in the Middle

Author Q&A from Last week, author, leadership expert, and contributor Dr. Jesse Sostrin published a piece on our site about “leaky” talent pools. According to Dr. Sostrin, a “deep bench of emerging leaders” means nothing if your company routinely places impossible demands on the shoulders of those leaders.  These impossible demands are part of what Dr. […]

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Understanding the Manager’s Dilemma

The Manager’s Dilemma is a phenomenon that affects roughly 80% of all managers. It gets triggered when your demands and responsibilities increase, yet the resources you have available to meet them do not. The problem with this inverse equation is that when demands outpace capacity you end up negotiating with yourself about which fire of […]

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