Matt is a Navy veteran, freight brokerage survivor, and software engineer, who loves telling tall tales and sharing lessons learned from a life spent never quite fitting in.
Today it seems the majority of our political conversations quickly devolve into name-calling and character assassination rather than being the productive exchange of opinions they should be. These ad hominem attacks, where one person attacks the content of another's character rather than the content of her argument, create animosity and lessen the chances either person learns anything from the exchange.
Advice to a New Manager
I was chatting recently with a friend of mine who was being promoted into management for the first time. This young, talented engineer flattered me by asking what advice I'd have for a new manager.