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On Being Pushy

Via Scott Hanselman:

I've been reading as much as I can on how to be an effective manager lately. For a number of reasons, mostly internal, but also because in a recent lunch Chris Sells said (something like): "If you're not getting slapped by your boss at least twice a year, you're not pushing the envelope enough."

He then links to a set of management rules, specifically highlighting number three:

If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much.

There's a fine line between pushing and pushy, but you have to push. You may get slapped, but so what? Anything is preferable to indifference or, worse, the same old cliches.

Written by Jeff Atwood

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