Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Operation Freakout Commences in 3. . . 2. . . 1. . .

So, our HR department is apparently subject to clerical errors.  It's the only rational explanation I can think of. You see, my name has inexplicably been plugged into an open team lead slot on the org chart, and I now have direct reports.

I can now screw up more than just my career.

Oh happy, happy, joy, joy.

Seriously, I have been promoted and am now a team lead. I have 2(+) direct reports. I say 2(+) because there is one theoretical open position that I don't know if I'll be allowed to fill or not (it's complicated). The further complicating factor, however, is that both of my direct reports work in another office building, in a different state. Hooray for distance managing!!!

I am a bit apprehensive about this change in my career direction. It's something that I've wanted to happen for over 5 years now, so I'm glad it's finally started. And, to be honest, I think a small team like this is a perfect way to dip my toes in the water. It also helps (I hope) that I've worked with these guys for years, and that we all know the business area we're supporting very well. So, I don't have to learn a new business or technology, just a new skill set.

To that end, I have been poking around for various resources, and have found a number of podcasts. The one that I'm thoroughly enjoying right now is Andy Stanley's Leadership podcast. I've only listened to 3 episodes so far, but what he's selling resonates with me. So far, I can highly recommend it. I've also subscribed to some from the London School of Business and the Harvard Business School. I haven't really listened to those yet, so I can't offer an opinion.

All of that being said, I have a bleg for you as well. What are some of your favorite leadership training materials or resources? Is there a book that you really enjoyed, or is there a website you frequent? Do you have a podcast that is required listening each week?

I have a great opportunity in front of me, and I don't want to screw it up.


  1. I'm fond of Esther Derby's blog at http://www.estherderby.com/category/insights . Her methodology would offend the average MBA, I suspect, but she's got a lot of good insight.

  2. Remember, praise in public, admonish in private, and NEVER put anything in an email you don't want to read again in the papers or in court!