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To all of the great managers I’ve ever had

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Dear Every Great Manager I’ve Ever Had (specifically: SM, EK, and SP)

Thank you.

I am so fortunate to have worked with you. Thank you for teaching me so much about how to run a team.

You were all so different – some tough, some tender; some technical, some functional – and that’s awesome. You all did something great, and I still hold on to you and what you did.

I was all the better for having worked with you. You serve as a guidepost when I manage others.

More specifically (and I am thinking specifically):

And to the managers who trusted the team and who gave us space as long as we delivered on what you wanted…

To those who let us be a little messy and looked the other way or even spotted us from time to time and as long as we got the job done…

To the managers who received new ideas with respect, even if the suggestion couldn’t be used. Or was outright bad…

To the managers who were honest with the team, even if painfully so…

To the managers who tough-loved on us, but made sure the “love” came with the “tough” (even if we didn’t always see it)…

To the managers who demanded a lot of the team but made sure we understood why…

To the managers who demanded a lot of the team but, when it came down to it, rolled up their sleeves and helped get it done, too…

To the managers who rolled up their sleeves either way, demands or not…

To the managers who responded to problems and crises with “okay,” followed by an urgent “what do you need?” or “how can I help?”…

To the managers who took ownership of team failures and doubled down on their investment to make it right…

To the managers who were at least consistent, even when their own preferences or priorities didn’t align with – or even contrasted with – the rest of the team’s…

To the managers who never compensated for their own insecurities by breaking down their team…

To the managers who mentored…

And to the managers who also accepted great team members’ resignations with grace…

To the managers who managed with integrity…

To those who managed with reason and rationale…

To those who managed with love…

To those who managed with courage…

And, above all else, to the managers who mama-bear’d over us in any way. To those who protected us, fought back on our behalf, or stood guard while we carried on, and to those who defended us in any capacity, but especially for things that mattered most to any of us as individuals…

Thank you.

And on behalf of anyone who had the privilege of working with you: you are appreciated.

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