Jul 16, 2018
You’ve heard the saying, opinions are like… armpits, right? So
is advice. Everyone has them and most of them stink, especially
when it comes to careers. But Alison Green has some advice about
advice for you; you’ve got to separate the good from the bad, and
you have to pick your battles. Today, she and Laurie talk about
crappy advice, what it takes to be a great leader, and what she
wishes all managers knew.
- Bad advice isn’t limited to careers. It all stems from a much
bigger problem: we think we know what’s best for another person and
their life. We’ve all had jobs, and as a result, we all have
opinions about how they should be. But the truth is, most of us
have trouble acting on the advice we give AND receive. Alison even
has a folder full of questions asking for her advice on topics
where there IS no great answer, including farting at work.
- Not all advice is crappy (pun intended). Every once in a while,
we get a gem that can fix a situation or even change the way we
think. Alison had one such piece of advice early in her career:
pick your battles. Despite it being good advice, Alison had a hard
time swallowing it, and she explains why. Twenty-somethings, this
is for YOU. Laurie also shares a piece of advice she got that she
has patently ignored.
- Great leaders get where they are by filtering the good advice
from the bad, and there are some key aspects they share. Drive and
commitment are a given if you want to get results. But some of the
other things Alison believes are required for good leadership might
be a little difficult for you to embrace. While there are some
great leaders, there are plenty who are lacking, and Alison shares
her theory on why there are so many of them.
- Conflict avoidance is one of the most pervasive issues in
management. People don’t want to have difficult conversations, and
it leads to terrible work cultures. Alison shares a story about a
difficult conversation she had to have with an employee, and you
should DEFINITELY take notes on how she handled it.
- Do you have to be a people person to manage people? Ask 10
people and you’ll get 10 different answers because, you guessed it,
we all have our own advice to give. But if you want GOOD advice,
Alison wrote the book on it, Ask a Manager. She shares
whether you really need to be a people person if you want to lead
well. Introverts, according to Alison, you CAN be a great
- As an employee, or even as a manager, you’ve probably come
across the sense of secrecy about management. So what do managers
wish you knew? Alison has some great thoughts about that, and first
among those is that it’s okay for an employee to speak up. She
shares when it’s appropriate and how much you should divulge.
- Alison’s new book, Ask a Manager, isn’t just a
collection of blog posts she’s written over the years. Instead,
Alison took all she’s learned and created a handbook for managers.
Specifically, ‘what to say when,’ and other things that you can
actually learn and apply to your daily interactions with employees.
Alison gives you the language to use for awkward and cringey
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