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How to react when employee is not interested in career development?

I just went through this myself. Not everyone really wants advancement and the more responsibility and pressure that goes with it. It is great for such things to be available, but as long as they ...
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How to lead a group of developers who have much more talent than you

As a developer these are things I hate: Requesting software/resources taking forever and needing loads of forms etc. Stupid requirements that are contradictory to other features or tecnically not ...
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Co-Worker quit today, boss is pretending it didn't happen. Is this weird?

There is a certain amount of "getting your ducks in a row" that may be necessary when someone leaves employment very quickly. They may have been fired (despite someone saying X texted Y "I quit", you ...
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How to help an experienced developer transition from junior to senior developer

This guy is a valuable asset as is. There is no need to change. He does low level work within precise parameters without problems and he's not looking to move out of his comfort zone. There is ...
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How to react when employee is not interested in career development?

Some people work to live. Others live to work. If she is happy and doing a good job why worry. She has different priorities in life.
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Should I put my name first or last in the team members list?

Alphabetical order If you and the other members are on the same level (not able to make distinctions between "Team Leader", "Junior Dev", etc) Everyone will understand that the list is presented in ...
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I'm a leader/manager. One of my team members told me they received a better job opportunity. Should I disclose this information with my boss?

As a leader, this information needs to be held in confidence. While one of your responsibilities is to protect the company, sharing this information actually doesn't do that. It sets up a condition ...
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What can I do if I am asked to learn different programming languages very frequently?

From one of your comments: i want to work what i like to work and not what they want me to work You need to go and start your own company then. If you're working for somebody else, you're at work ...
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How do I give feedback when I know more about the topic than the presenter?

As a speaker, I never want to be nitpicked or corrected. I can sometimes handle it when it's important and relevant for this audience. Usually, it isn't. Usually, I've decided to simplify things ...
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I'm the Tech Lead, my boss is the PM. In case of disagreement, how much should I push my point of view?

We all encounter this kind of conflict. The only thing you can do is DOCUMENT EVERYTHING There's nothing wrong with the boss being the boss until he tries to push his mistakes off on others. The ...
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How should a leader behave when they miss deadlines themselves?

Admit your mistakes quickly Explain what you did wrong Explain what you will do to fix them Explain how you will make sure this will not happen again Don't make the same mistake again.
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Am I overreacting to a new rule where I have to check-in my status every morning?

While this is a counterproductive step as framed, it’s more effective to lean into it than fight it. You admit to a litany of errors in the first sprint, so responsible management has to look more ...
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Should I tell an employee she's sabotaging herself, two weeks before I leave my job?

If your goal is to help her develop professionally you should already be bringing this up with her. It sounds like you haven't. It is incredibly likely she will feel betrayed and view your inability ...
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Boss wants someone else to lead a project based on the idea I presented to him

There are a bunch of moving parts to this question, so I'm going to respond with a quote, attributed to Howard Aiken: "Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll ...
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What can I do if I am asked to learn different programming languages very frequently?

First off, I want to say that there would be many people envious of your position. You mentioned you are a graduate, this situation can be typical of graduate programs. Sometimes placement within a ...
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An employee has low self-confidence, and is performing poorly. How can I help?

It sounds to me like you're coddling an underperforming employee. Anxiety and lack of self esteem are not reasons to allow an employee be unproductive and picky with their tasks. You aren't equipped ...
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Senior employee of my team understood my email as an order and didn't like it

I can partially agree with most of the given answers. I do find the message unclear, but I don't think that that's the main issue here. Even if you had been clear on the tasks, it's the phrasing that ...
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Why do interviewers ask leadership questions even for "follower" positions?

Why do interviewers ask leadership questions even for “follower” positions? Because they suck at interviewing. You can dress it up as much as you want but the specific instances you describe are ...
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Am I overreacting to a new rule where I have to check-in my status every morning?

Agree with the answer suggesting you turn this obnoxious requirement to your own advantage. They want to be told what your blockers are? Tell them your blockers. "We're falling behind the ...
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What can I do if I am asked to learn different programming languages very frequently?

In addition to the other good answers already here, I also think it may be useful to note that your attitude toward languages shows inexperience as a programmer. The core tools and structures of ...
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How to include activities demonstrating leadership from games onto a resume?

Is this a suitable skill to put on my resume? Should I list it as my most recent employment? How should I include this on my resume if so? This has given me many valuable leadership activities. You ...
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How to lead a group of developers who have much more talent than you

You do not have to be the best developer on the team to be the lead. It is important that you are technically competent to maintain respect, as you are in a hybrid role. Never lose sight that you ...
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Senior employee of my team understood my email as an order and didn't like it

Look at this from his point of view. He's a new member of a team. A few days before a project that he didn't work on is scheduled to be delivered, you send a message that this project's readiness is ...
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What if I'm a better developer than my Team Leader?

A common mistake in engineering is that "the team lead has to be the best and if they're not I can haz they're burger". Sadly, the term is "team lead", not "best developer". Think of it like this - ...
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Asked to be lead of my slightly disgruntled team

I am exactly in the same position as you, and my boss has asked me to become lead of my team precisely because I am new and don't have standing issues with anybody, I will probably be in a better ...
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What makes employees hesitant to speak their minds?

I was going to point out there are so many lies and untruths because you hire people, and people can just be that way, but it sounds like you're specifically asking why you're not getting valuable ...
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How to deal with a difficult junior programmer?

You are the technical lead. You have a subordinate that is not only stuck on a problem for a long time without delivering, but actively refuses to accept help. You need a one-to-one where you ...
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