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Sep 1, 2023·edited Sep 1, 2023Liked by Deb Liu

A great reminder that as a manager, I need to give my people space to do the work and grow.

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Sep 13, 2023Liked by Deb Liu

I wonder if Deb read my mind (she doesn’t know me). I’m struggling and getting burned out and thinking to quit from the current job.

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Excellent post. As a 2-time founder, I can relate with the expectations of perfection and struggling to let go.

What is your advice on ‘checking-in’ with the work you delegate? One of my mental blockers has always been a (perhaps irrational) fear that we’ll lose 1, 2, 4 weeks if I handover this job to a junior person and they do a bad job (by going down the wrong path, not doing what I asked, or whatever else). Part of me feels like I should check in to mitigate that, but then I’m just that annoying manager checking in. Other part of me feels like I should let them make mistakes, but then… I am losing precious time!

Any insights would be interesting :)

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Having a clear a "touchpoint" process so you aren't hovering. Maybe checking in every other week for 30 mins. It gives them space to succeed or fail on their own. Then you guide the with clear feedback and improvements.

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Wonderful piece. Loved it. Especially manager is supposed to help/teach the team members to do their jobs efficiently.

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