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Get Things Done: What Stops Smart People Achieving More and How You Can Change by Robert Kelsey

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… When Managing Others

‘All careers end in management’ is one of my favourite pearls of worklife wisdom – not least because it's (mostly) true. At some point – whether we like it or not – we'll have to instruct juniors. Either that or we'll stay junior – or a freelancer at best – having to cope with the instruction of others.

Of course, there are those that claim to be ‘happier among the troops than the officers’ – as I used to state. But, certainly for me, I now realize this was not based on my egalitarian convictions. It was due to my inner fear that my authority would be ignored, or disputed, or even laughed at. It was my poor self-beliefs that meant I avoided giving instruction, however I disguised it.

If we want to be productive, therefore, ...

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