The Purposeful Manager

Expertise in Action: Feedback and Improvement

When was the last time you got actionable feedback on any task in any part of your life? I can take a guess. So why is giving actionable feedback so difficult? Is it even worth the trouble? In this post... Continue Reading →

The People vs. Seagull Manger: Plaintiff’s View

In a previous post we briefly introduced the phenomenon of seagull management.  Now, here is an story that tells of an occasion I fell victim to a seagull manager. I was a very young employee, just a few months into... Continue Reading →

Expertise in Action: The Importance of the Comfort Zone and Development

I have been lucky in that I have had the opportunity to be a coach and project manager while learning the expertise material. It has given me the opportunity to apply different approaches in multiple settings and see the results. It has been... Continue Reading →

Beware of the Seagull (and Becoming One)

You may have heard the term seagull manager. If not, the description is pretty simple: viewed from the perspective of the employee, a seagull manager is one who flies in once in a while, poops on everything, and then leaves.... Continue Reading →

Employee Skills and Baseball Cards

As a kid I collected a lot of baseball cards. I spent endless hours looking through them, comparing players' stats, and checking the cards' value. Recently I started thinking about baseball cards again, but this time for a slightly different... Continue Reading →

Purposeful + Management = ?

I distinctly remember the moment I went from being generally frustrated by the discipline of organizational sciences to being utterly fascinated.  My focus in education and the early phase of my career had been solidly on understanding and developing complex... Continue Reading →


The idea of management is old. Very old.  In an expansive work titled 'A History of Management Thought' (which this blog plans to examine in more detail in future posts- affiliate link here), management scholar Morgen Witzel examines management activity... Continue Reading →

Purpose [pur-puh s]

The prospect of managing purposefully can be intimidating.  An obvious part of that intimidation comes from lack of clarity.  Before we set out, we are going to briefly study the words purpose and management individually and then put them together.... Continue Reading →

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