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Sign Up. Microsoft's CEO Sent an Extraordinary Email to Employees After They Committed an Epic Fail. My Management Lessons from Three Failed Startups, Google, Apple, Dropbox, and Twitter - First Round Review - Pocket. Kim Scott had one thing to do that day.

My Management Lessons from Three Failed Startups, Google, Apple, Dropbox, and Twitter - First Round Review - Pocket

She was going to price her product. It was the year 2000, she was the founder and CEO of Juice Software, and she had blocked off her whole morning to make this decision. The moment she stepped off the elevator, she was met by co-worker after co-worker who needed and wanted to talk to her — one about a health concern, another about his kid excelling at school, another about a disintegrating marriage. She comforted, celebrated with, and listened to each one in turn. She didn’t, however, price the product. “For a minute I thought, this is where the assholes really have the advantage,” says Scott. This is just one piece of advice Scott discovered during the last 20 years, and has carried with her through leadership roles at some of the biggest and influential tech companies in the world.

The morning she got distracted from the pricing decision was not an exception. Management is a deeply, deeply personal thing. So They Made You a Lead, Now What? GDC Vault. You've been logged out of GDC Vault since the maximum users allowed for this account has been reached.

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To access Members Only content on GDC Vault, please log out of GDC Vault from the computer which last accessed this account. Click here to find out about GDC Vault Membership options for more users. close Returning Members | forgot password? Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose - Building a Hyper-Engaged Team. Keith Fuller's Blog - What I Teach Game Dev Managers (1/3) The following blog post, unless otherwise noted, was written by a member of Gamasutra’s community.

Keith Fuller's Blog - What I Teach Game Dev Managers (1/3)

The thoughts and opinions expressed are those of the writer and not Gamasutra or its parent company. The following is part one of a summation of what I’ve taught in the most comprehensive of my manager training classes for game devs, a version of which was recently held at a client’s office over the course of two days. This is not all of the things you need to know as a people leader. It’s not even all of the subjects I offer for training. Trust pillars. The Bad Creative Director’s Playbook. If you want to fail miserably at being an effective Creative Director, follow these 20 rules.

The Bad Creative Director’s Playbook

Before we get into the rules, let me first say that I’ve worked in a few well-known, A-list advertising agencies in the last 18 years and I’ve experienced the best and worst of Creative Directors. Many of these experiences have helped shape my own approach to creative direction. 5 TED Talks to Ask the Right Questions. That old adage about our two ears and one mouth may have led us to roll our eyes at our parents one too many times, but it stands to reason.

5 TED Talks to Ask the Right Questions

If you ask management influencer and professor Gianpiero Petriglieri, we are reducing leadership down to an MBA-sized set of skills which is causing disconnect between leaders and followers. Instead managers and educators — and managers in their roles as educators –Petriglieri says we should put continue to question the meaning of leadership. But what he really thinks we should be asking, as we look to become better managers and leaders, is: Who are we? While you may cringe at this meaning-of-life answerless question, in an interview on Work. magazine, Petriglieri said that: “People increasingly use leadership development and business schools generally as identity workspaces. 4 Simple Habits of People Who Command Respect. The Six Measures of a Great Leader. The business world is changing at a blistering pace.

The Six Measures of a Great Leader

In years past, a leader’s success was measured purely by the size of their organization’s balance sheet. Today, a leader wanting to achieve excellence must also excel in a number of intangible factors, as outlined in Follow Your Conscience, by Frank Sonnenberg. Operating according to sound business ethics;Empowering and appreciating their workforce;Communicating in an open and honest manner;Improving business processes and eliminating waste;Developing and maintaining an impeccable reputation;Creating a work environment encouraging risk-taking and discouraging fear;Unifying the organization around an aspirational mission and shared values;Continuously promoting the personal and professional growth of their employees;Nurturing trusting, long-term relationships with employees, suppliers, partners and customers.

Great leaders are effective because they’re knowledgeable, admired, trusted and respected. Six traits of great leaders. 10 Management Tips for Great Leaders. Log In. For More Motivated, Engaged Employees, Give Them More Autonomy. Whether your goal is to increase employee motivation, engagement, or morale, one of most effective actions you can take is to give employees more autonomy.

For More Motivated, Engaged Employees, Give Them More Autonomy

This means giving them more room to make decisions, to think for themselves, to “own” their jobs. In short, it’s allowing them to think — and act — like a small business owner. Doing this will be very good for your bottom line. In Daniel Pink’s excellent book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Really Motivates Us, he sites a study revealing the powerful role satisfying this fundamental human need has on employee performance. More autonomy = Faster growth + Higher retention. #GDC15 Great Management of Technical Leads. Great Leaders Can Think Like Each Member of Their Team. Money wasn’t the only thing that enabled financier Cosimo de’ Medici to become de facto ruler of Florence for much of the Italian Renaissance.

Great Leaders Can Think Like Each Member of Their Team

He exemplified a special leadership skill — the ability to get diverse teams of contending bankers, merchants, and traders to collaborate effectively. How? He identified with each group’s sentiments and mindsets. With that understanding, he succeeded where others failed: He built new bridges of common purpose, resulting in a “team” that produced greater, more sustained economic, social, and cultural value for all parties — and the broader society.

Oliver Franzke's Blog - So they made you a lead; now what? The following blog post, unless otherwise noted, was written by a member of Gamasutra’s community.

Oliver Franzke's Blog - So they made you a lead; now what?

The thoughts and opinions expressed are those of the writer and not Gamasutra or its parent company. What to do after you get promoted into a leadership position should be a trivial question to answer, but in my experience the opposite is true. In fact sometimes it seems to me that leadership is some kind of taboo topic in the games industry.

10 Traits of Highly Successful Leaders — StackStreet. Motivate the Leader in You What makes those great so great, what makes those capable so capable, what makes those leaders in leadership positions – it is just a small statement, he who says he can and he who says he can’t are both usually right.

10 Traits of Highly Successful Leaders — StackStreet

We as humans are all the same, deep down… July 22, 2014 In "Leadership" What Makes Leaders Successful? They Keep on Growing and Learning. Successful leaders continue to grow and develop on the job. The willingness and ability to learn throughout one’s career is increasingly important as changing technology, markets and methods require new skills and behaviors. Learning ability influences the extent to which you grow as an individual, as well as how you’re perceived by others.

In fact, over the long term, your current skill-set is of secondary importance to your ability to learn new knowledge, skills and behaviors that will equip you to respond to future challenges. These are the findings in Learning About Learning Agility, by researchers from the Center for Creative Leadership and Teachers College, Columbia University. The researchers warn that the behaviors needed to succeed at one management level or in one setting don’t necessarily translate into other levels and found five characteristics of successful leaders.

Shaun Leach's Blog - I trust you. The following blog post, unless otherwise noted, was written by a member of Gamasutra’s community. The thoughts and opinions expressed are those of the writer and not Gamasutra or its parent company. Reblogged from Captain by Rank. He who does not trust enough, will not be trusted. - Lao Tzu In my opinion one of the single most important things you can give and receive in a professional environment is trust. As a manager, you have to trust your team members, and as a team member, you need to be trusted by your boss. How the Navy SEALs Train for Leadership Excellence. Almost every world-class, high-performance organization takes training and education seriously. But Navy SEALs go uncomfortably beyond. They’re obsessive and obsessed. They are arguably the best in the world at what they do.

Their dedication to relentless training and intensive preparation, however, is utterly alien to the overwhelming majority of businesses and professional enterprises worldwide. Leading People When They Know More than You Do. If you’re a manager in a knowledge-driven industry, chances are you’re an expert in the area you manage. Try to imagine a leader without this expertise doing your job. You’ll probably conclude it couldn’t be done.

But as your career advances, at some point you will be promoted into a job which includes responsibility for areas outside your specialty. Your subordinates will ask questions that you cannot answer and may not even understand. Leadership 101: Do Your Daily Interactions Command Respect and Trust? I had a recent interaction that got me thinking about how people show up in the world so differently, and how the way we show up tells others about who we are. While it’s important for anyone who cares about their career, reputation, and effectiveness to reflect on how they come across, it’s even more important for those in positions of leadership. Leaders need to be especially mindful of whether their actions and reactions foster respect and trust.

If a leader’s actions don’t foster respect and trust, they might get compliance through force of will or threat, but they will never get commitment and passionate effort from their people. So what about you? Before I share with you the interaction that got me thinking about this, please keep these questions in the back of your mind as you read on: “Do I act in ways that foster respect (not fear or compliance, but respect)?” Here’s the interaction that got me thinking about this issue.

How to Increase Productivity — Even When You’re Not Leading the Team. How to Manage a Team of B Players. In 2004, Greece surprised the world by winning the European Championship, the toughest tournament in international soccer.

Difference between Management and Leadership

Servant Leadership. Emotional Intelligence. How Do You Become an Authentic Leader? Leaders are increasingly engaging in fierce competition over their companies’ very identities. At risk is their ability to successfully manage their relationships with customers, investors, partners, employees and others due to the rapidly changing context for global business.

The Six Measures of a Great Leader. Linda Hill: How to manage for collective creativity. Stanley McChrystal: Listen, learn ... then lead. 5 Hard Truths About Leadership That You Never Stop Learning. Margaret Heffernan: Why it's time to forget the pecking order at work. What Great Leaders Know: Sharing Power Builds Trust and Loyalty.

+1 to Leadership — Why Does Top-Down Matter? +1 to Leadership — Bad Leadership Culture is Cross-Cultural. Measuring the Return on Character. Great Leaders 'Act Before They Think' Self Promotion Is A Leadership Skill. The Characteristics Of A True Leader. 5 Ways To Transform Yourself Into A Leader. Businessinsider. Most people associate a weak leader with being docile, deferential, timid or meek. Businessinsider. Roselinde Torres: What it takes to be a great leader. Simon Sinek, Optimist. Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action.

Jack Welch GE's 4 E and one P curve (StratoServe) This blog had discussed Jack Welch's 4E's and one P in an earlier post; given the interest among blog readers here is some more clarification about the concept. How To Tell If You're An Entrepreneur. Pressed to describe the stereotypical entrepreneur, which words would you use? Simon Sinek: Why good leaders make you feel safe.

Act Like a Leader Before You Are One - Amy Gallo. Managing Yourself: Zoom In, Zoom Out. Psychological Strategies Every Leader Should Use. The Problem with Being Too Nice - Michael Fertik. 9 Things People Just Don't Get About Entrepreneurs. Keith Fuller's Blog - A Simple Test of Leadership. Good Boss, Bad Boss: A Peek Inside the Minds of the Best (and Worst) Leadership Styles Around The World. 11 Things Great Leaders Do that Managers Only Think About. Why Work Is Lonely - Gianpiero Petriglieri. What If Managers Didn’t Get Paid More? Satya Nadella, Chief of Microsoft, on His New Role. 7 Ways to Lead With Your Heart. Insomniac Games' Ted Price - "Trust and Ballz" - D.I.C.E. 2014 Summit.

Tuning People, Processes, and Projects to Power Results » Blog Archive » Managing in Mayberry: An examination of three distinct leadership styles. Ted Price explains the Insomniac approach to creative leadership. Are you a leader or a tracker? How leaders inspire. TED Playlists. Leadership. FULLER GAME PRODUCTION - Journal Page.

SIEGE 2013: You're Responsible. Leadership – What’s Next? Project Leadership in an Agile Development Environment. Leadership Tools: Clear Your Judgement to Move On Effectively. Nice guys really do finish last: what science says about the traits of great leaders. Generational Leadership. Arrogance vs. Confidence: what’s the difference? Achieving Agile Leadership. BioWare co-founder: "It's easier to be a half-assed or outright bad leader" Agility: The Ingredient That Will Define Next Generation Leadership. Leadership and Self-Awareness. 3 Core Characteristics; Leadership as a Function. 5 Leadership Behaviors Loyal Employees Trust. What Makes a Leader? Concrete Practices to Be a Better Leader: Framing & Intention. 5 Habits of Highly Effective Communicators. Drew Dudley: Everyday leadership. Making Performance Work. #gamedev Lead Quick Start Guide. Effective Leadership: Relate, Adjust, and Motivate.

This One Leadership Quality Will Make or Break You.