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10 Reasons Your Team Hates You

By Edward Cone

10 Reasons Your Team Hates You

You Don't Prioritize

If everything is important, the team can't focus on critical tasks.

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You Don't Prioritize: The Fix

Force yourself to rank each task, dividing them evenly between high medium, and low. Honor that list.

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You Treat Them Like Employees

If you know nothing about your team as people, they know it.

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4. You Treat Them Like Employees: The Fix

Take the time to learn some details. No faking this one.

You Dont Fight For Them

When you don't stand up for people, you lose their trust.

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You Don't Fight: The Fix

Get someone that raise they deserve. Get that cool new project approved. Let them know.

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You Don't Model Balance

You say weekends are precious for families, then bombard them with email on Sunday afternoon.

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Modeling Balance: The Fix

Take a day off -- or learn how to do "delayed send" so your messages won't go out until Monday morning.

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You Never Relax

Negative or stressful energy transfers to others.

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Never Relaxing: The Fix

Let them know you're human. Laugh, when appropriate.

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You Micromanage

They have no room to make decisions on their own.

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Micromanagement: The Fix

Pick a few low risk projects; commit to doing nothing unless being asked for help.

Youre A Suck-up

This shows a lack of spine -- and could mean you expect the same from them.

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Sucking Up: The Fix

Try kicking up, and kissing down.

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You Treat Them Like Mushrooms

In the dark, fed manure.

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Mushrooms: The Fix

Share information within reason. You aren't 007.

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You Don't Get Your Hands Dirty

You're great at assigning work. Doing work? Not so much.

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Clean Hands: The Fix

Pick a smaller project and do it yourself.

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You're Indecisive

Flip-flopping is not leadership.

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Flip-flopping: The Fix

Acknowledge you might make a mistake, but move ahead.

This article was originally published on 11-13-2009