Ask a Manager came into being two years ago today. I had no idea whether anyone would be interested in reading what I had to say, but that's never stopped me from babbling before, and I'm glad it didn't stop me this time. Thank you guys for reading and commenting and emailing and giving me the incredibly satisfying realization that there are other people out there who obsess over this stuff like I do.
In a fit of self-indulgence, I'm presenting a list of my favorite posts during those two years. (And weirdly, I didn't realize it was the two-year anniversary until I had already drawn up the list and was about to post it; don't know what to make of that.) Here goes...
Bad candidate behavior:
I think this is the only series I've ever run:
job rejections and vitriol, part 1
job rejections and vitriol, part 2
job rejections and vitriol, part 3
And I also still really like this post. Even better, since I wrote this a year and a half ago, the guy whose friend ratted him out as not having done "anything last summer" was hired, has been promoted, and is completely awesome at his job.
Bad employer behavior:
danger signs when you're interviewing
why companies don't get back to applicants
when your manager won't manage
you are high maintenance and full of yourself
Advice on being a good employee:
taking criticism gracefully
what to do when you make a mistake at work
when you disagree with your boss
what can't you not do
how to get the most out of your internship
Advice on being a good manager:
new managers and authority
confession: I used to suck at firing people
alternatives to firing
how to mentor someone
what reality-based management looks like
posts on being both a chick and a boss:
male and female bosses judged differently?
on balls and lack thereof
my very favorite post of all time:
an ode to the bad managers of my past