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What makes a great manager - balance

Posted by Arjun Moorthy

Feb 2, 2015 8:26:00 AM

There's a scene in The Karate Kid that many of you may remember.  Mr. Miyagi asks Daniel, the boy he's training to be a fighter, to balance on either side of a small row boat and practice some blocking techniques.  As Daniel balances on the boat he whines about when he's going to learn to punch and kick.  Mr. Miyagi replies that learning to balance is most important and the prerequisite to further techniques.  And then as if to burn that principle into his head Mr. Miyagi rocks the row boat sharply and Daniel loses his balance falling into the frigid water.  We all need a Mr. Miyagi in life no?
 
Recently I realized that balance is crucial to every facet of life and particularly as a manager.  And the reason I came to this realization was because I myself was not balanced in my dealings and that had negatively affected me throughout my career.  
  
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Topics: managing

The best career advice I ever received – drop the cynicism

Posted by Arjun Moorthy

May 22, 2011 8:09:00 AM

When I became a manager for the first time, my boss Francis De Souza took me aside and gave me some of the best career advice that I’ve ever received. 

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Topics: career advice, managing

Career Advice I Wish I Knew Earlier 

Hello.  I started this blog to distribute some of the best career advice I have been given over the many jobs I've had.  I've been fortunate to work for and with some great bosses like Francis DeSouzaNancy Kamei and Rick Roberge, and some unique companies, like The Boston Consulting Group, that invest heavily in making each employee a success even after leaving the firm.

The advice and training I received here stands in sharp contrast to my experiences with some not-so-great bosses and companies I've also worked for.  I'm continualy amazed at how valuable good advice has been in my career so I hope to pass on the good advice, and insights from mistakes I've made, via this blog. 

Thanks in advance for your comments, particularly when you can improve upon the ideas posted.

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