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/ December 12, 2017 Choose an Amazing Boss. Role is Secondary.
Choose an Amazing Boss. Role is Secondary.

By Janessa Lantz

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My first job out of college I got incredibly lucky — I unwittingly stumbled into working for a remarkable boss.

The job itself was unglamorous. I was working as an administrative assistant at a B2B consulting/SaaS company. But I had a boss that was thoughtful, talented, and saw potential in me.

She encouraged me, gave me increasing responsibilities, vouched for me. I was incredibly ambitious and largely ignorant about how to do B2B (business to business) marketing, but she saw how quickly I was learning and helped me figure out how to expand both my role and impact at the company.

As a result, I left that job with a resume that said things like “implemented” and ... Read More

/ March 29, 2016 23 Shocking Truths New Managers Learned On The Job
23 Shocking Truths New Managers Learned On The Job

By Anum Hussain

Growing up as a first-generation American, I’ve become used to hearing how management is an aspirational role to find yourself in one day. These are some of the words I’ve heard used to describe a manager:

  • Power
  • Leader
  • Control
  • Money
  • Respect  

But when I became a manager last year, these weren’t exactly the first words to come to mind. Things sounded a lot more like this:

  • Lonely
  • Tough
  • Fulfulling
  • Fear
  • Rewarding  

I’d like to double-click on the first word: Becoming manager can be a lonelier place than one might think. Suddenly you find yourself trying to impress your boss and want to show him/her that you can be trusted and can handle this new responsibility. At the same time, you want your direct reports to similarly trust you and hold you accountable for their careers.

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