22 Aug 2019

Imagine this: after months or years of hard work, you’ve been recognized by your boss and you’re being promoted to take the leading role on your team. You made it! That big effort is finally paying off! Now you can sit back and relax. All you will have to do is give orders, see the work flowing and see the results coming, right? Wrong! Let me tell you, my dear reader, that the hardest part is coming your way. I mean, yes, it’s cool you got the promotion and it’s great for your career. You probably deserve it, but it does have some down sides that come within the package that people don’t usually tell you. But don’t worry, I’m here to help you!

26 Jul 2019

Last week we hosted Moe Carrick, an industry recognized leadership consultant, facilitator, speaker and author at our Guadalajara offices to engage with our team leads and leadership from Delivery Management, Client Success, Recruiting and HR. This event is part of an overarching goal we share at Unosquare - to help our employees to be and do their best every day. We believe that by focusing on people first and enabling them to succeed by providing them with the tools, processes and training opportunities they need, they will do their best for our customers. It’s simple really, as our mission states: “at our core, weare no more than a group of people pushing our personal boundaries to do the best work we have ever done.”

12 Jul 2019

In a previous post, I talked about a couple of examples of bad leadership and what we can learn from them. To close the circle, I want to elaborate on the same topic but from the other side of the court: some examples of harmful individual contributors I’ve encountered in my professional experience. As a disclaimer, I’m not going to talk about the typical case of a low performer on a team. That is a widespread situation for which, applying some specific strategies, you can manage and handle. I want to focus this more on a personality perspective.

01 Mar 2019

At some point during your professional life, you’ll probably encounter an exceptionally poor leader, boss or manager – someone you’ve worked for, or you’ve seen in a close team. I have, and it’s stressful and exhausting. I’ve seen some toxic leaders in other teams and watched that team reach a crisis point sooner or later. These bad leaders can make you feel like you hate your job, but the truth is you only hate them. As ridiculous as it may sound, bad leaders can be good for you. You might suffer under their command, but the experience will make you stronger. You can learn from what they are doing wrong. Like my mom says: “you are not useless, at least you are a bad example.”

18 Dec 2018

Being promoted from within to assume a leadership role on a team where you were once a member has a set of inherent challenges — many of the issues that you would encounter come from assumptions and not taking the opportunity to set expectations. If it is an outside hire, they will likely be more descriptive in their approach to taking charge as they need to assess several team characteristics of which you are already aware. Because things like communication, ways of working, culture, etc., need to be understood, there will be a need to define them and therefore setting the expectations of the new leader. I suggest you set your expectations early and assume nothing.