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Book Excerpt: Surrounded by Insanity

Below is the introduction to my new book. Why You Are Here “You are trying to understand madness with logic. This is not unlike searching for darkness with a torch.” —The Mad Hatter I walked into the conference room not really knowing what to expect. I sat across the table from someone who had been …

Quick Tip: Setting Project Deadlines

Setting project deadlines is always a perilous task. In this short episode, I will give you a few quick tips that can help you navigate this difficult situation.  1. Never open your Mouth without all details.  2. Always have two timelines ready  3. Over-communicate like crazy  4. Don’t sweat it too much, all deadlines are made …

What is Psychological Safety?

Every research article and story keeps telling me teams need Psychological Safety to be “High-Performing” What the heck does that mean? How am I supposed to create that when I am a middle manager and have very little influence on the company culture? Turns out there are a few things you CAN do to help …

How do you Manage someone older than you?

New Podcast out today!  How do you Manage someone older than you? This is an important skill you must have if you want to lead a successful team.  Cliff Notes:  Get over yourself you probably care more about age than they do  Ignore stereotypes and treat people like INDIVIDUALS  Don’t avoid confrontation if it is …

Your Boss Doesnt ​Care About You

Edited Transcript Below: Your Boss Doesnt care about you! Welcome to the corporate middle I am your host Donald Meador my goal on this show is to give you actual adivce you can put into action as a middle manager. Working for another human being is terrible. Simply for the fact that they are another …

How to Give Negative Feedback

On this short episode, we will tackle how to give negative feedback to someone on your team. During performance reviews, you have to give proper feedback that is both timely and corrective. I shuffled my papers nervously as I waited for him to enter the room. I had to give a performance review today and …