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The 12 Signs: How to know when you're slowly but surely becoming a bad manager

No one sets out to become a bad boss. Yet, slowly but surely, it’s easy to become the bad manager we all dread. Times are stressful. You’re trying to make things happen. You notice your team isn’t as engaged as they should be. You can feel your patience getting shorter and shorter. You feel stuck and exasperated about leading your team. The more you do, the worse it seems to get. Then, a sinking feeling hits you: You might be becoming a bad manager. I’ve had that sinking feeling in my own stomach before, too. Especially in the early days of running Know Your Company, I was plagued with self-doubt. “Am I doing this right?” I wondered. “Am I falling into the trap of doing things that I’ve hate

Risk Taking vs Calculated Risk

How do you challenge your comfort zone? One common misconception of entrepreneurs is that they are risk takers. This is far from the truth. They are risk calculators. Their decisions are based off of profit potential, planning, and hard work. Risk takers are usually gamblers, where one could strike it rich, but no planning or preparations is done. Running a company as a gambler will most certainly result in ruin. Oftentimes, when I speak with people who are passively looking at owning a business, they will often say one business or another “seems very risky”. Over the years, I have come to believe that when someone says “this is very risky”, without any reasoning or analysis to substantiate

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