Category Archives: Management Thoughts

Dear Terry

Dear Terry, You said that you had lost passion for your job and had been thinking of quitting. In various meetings, you would lose your concentration and drift away. You are not learning much and don’t care to figure out … Continue reading

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Retire in place

There came a day when you had a thought, “I am doing OK. Everything is going just fine.” Bills were paid, debts were manageable, kids were fed, hobbies were attended to, health was not an issue. Things just needed to … Continue reading

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A Formula on Investment

A friend is retiring (at age 62), he put most of his money in CDs and wonder if there are better ways. He is active and in good health and plans to live to mid-80s or even 90s. They have … Continue reading

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Management by Playing Chicken

Senior executives are frequently disconnected with reality. The most toxic manifestation of this disconnection is a phenomenon called “Management by Playing Chicken”: it causes company demises and also career derailments. The big shot is under duress, he examines the options … Continue reading

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Quit with Grace and Dignity

Years ago, I wrote about the general etiquette on quitting. It was really autobiographical; I was resigning from my job then. The spirit of that process was simple: keep it professional. It is easier said than done. Since then, I … Continue reading

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Program Management Career Explained

Program Managers own the list, probably not anything on the list, but the list itself. Owning means to make sure the items on the list got checked. Every now and then, they go back to the beginning and check them … Continue reading

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Affirmative Action for Managers

Anti-discrimination are laws. As a manager, it is illegal to consider actions toward employees based on the “protected classes.” Legally, it is OK to discriminate those who are not in one of those classes. But they have expanded to cover … Continue reading

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Never Run Away from Your Job

I have fell into this trap several times, each time it took considerable effort to crawl out, with scars visible to date. Never run away from your current job, however intolerable it is. Always run toward a better opportunity, whatever … Continue reading

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Stable Marriage Algorithm

March is the month that many families waited, anxiously, the result from NRMP, National Resident Matching Program. This centralized “exchange” determined the fate for almost every medical doctors in the US. Residency is the last stop of the long journey … Continue reading

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How to Command?

New managers actually do not know how to “command and control.” Heck, many experienced ones don’t either. The class trap is to be explicit on the procedure and process. Do this, then do that, talk to that guy, then do … Continue reading

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