About

My goal at Manage Better Now is fairly simple; I want to change the world by making everyone a better manager.  We are all managers.  At the very least we manage ourselves.  We also manage the relationships and interactions that we have with other people every day.  I have tried to make the content here simple and easy to use so that you can start to Manage Better Now.

I believe that each one of us has the capacity to be a great manger, but I do not believe that anyone is born a great manager.  It is a skill that has to be cultivated.  To speed that process up for you, I am going to share some of the many things I have learned over the last twenty years as a manager.  I have devoted my adult life to the study of management.  I have read a lot of books and articles, and tried a wide variety of techniques.  Some have worked well, and some not so well.  It is my plan to share it all with you and I hope to learn a thing or two from you along the way.

You will note that my name does not appear anywhere on this website.  I prefer to remain anonymous for the time being.  I have a high profile job in a large corporation and I plan on using some of my experiences there on this site.  To protect the innocent, I will leave my name out of it for now.  If you would like to make contact with me, please use the reply form below and I will be sure to get back to you.

I have a Master’s Degree in Business Administration as well as an undergraduate degree in Political Science.  I actually completed most of the coursework for my Doctorate in Management before I took a job in another state.  I never really considered completing it once I moved.  I was an Army officer and I have held management positions in public corporations, privately held companies, and non-profits.  For about two years I ran a training business.  I provided training to hundreds of managers on topics such as time management, team building and skills for new managers.  I abandoned the training business once I realized that running it had very little to do with providing quality training and everything to do with sales and marketing.  I like training people and making them better managers.  I don’t like sales and marketing.  That’s how I ended up back in Corporate America.

I am not an expert on anything.  I have studied the art of management for over twenty years, but that by no means makes me an expert.  I am just a guy that has made a lot of mistakes that I am happy to share with all of you.  That way we can hopefully collectively learn from my experiences.  I hope that it doesn’t stop there.  I want to learn from your experiences as well.  Please share your comments so that we may all benefit from your experience as well.

Here are a couple of my favorite posts so far:

A Constructive Look at Criticism

Presentations Without Bullets

Why Your To-Do List is Hampering Your Productivity

54 comments on “About

  1. denvergoals says:

    I was wondering if you might be willing to have a conversation with me about managers and the goal setting process in corporate America. You can contact me at juriggs@gmail.com.

    Thanks, and have a great day!

  2. Glad you liked my blog, it looks like you are just starting out, but are doing well so far. Keep it up.
    Allen Roberts, “Strategyaudit”

  3. Thanks for the positive feedback.

  4. garunn says:

    I really like both of your last two posts-insightful, to the point, and practical. Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

  5. Petra says:

    So good to see that we are “up” to evolve from training and putting folks in charge to enabling managers doing their jobs better Like your wellthought posts and would love to reference your blog on my site. Agree?

  6. Hillery Shay says:

    Love this. Thanks for liking my blog post! My number one objective in all I do is to be the kind of Manager I always wanted. Keep up the good work, I’ll be reading!

  7. Thank you for visiting my blog and liking it, much appreciated! And you are right, nobody is born a great manager. It is a skill that has to be aquiered and cultivated, some of it takes time, some a lot of effort and includes lots of personal change and growth in many cases. Looking back on over thirty years in the hotel industry in fairly senior management positions, I know what you are talking about. I was working the international “circus”, meaning lots of different places/countries/languages/cultures/people which require an even larger range of management skills to be able to produce the desired results. Four years ago I did a 360 degree turnabout, changed my life totally and started out again from scratch building an alternative healing practice, something which I enjoy tremendously. So thanks again for sharing your wisdom and insights in an ever more complicated business world.

    • Renate,
      Thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog. I appreciate any feedback I can get. That is quite a drastic change in careers, but I surely understand following your dreams and doing what you love. Good luck to you and I will certainly keep checking back on your latest updates.

  8. Josh Fuller says:

    Thanks for visiting by blog and liking my post. I look forward to reading more of your insights!

  9. Susan Avello says:

    Thank you for “liking” HRVirtualCafe – I’m always giddy when someone likes much less reads 🙂 Looking forward to staying connected.

  10. Glad you liked my last two blogs. It appears we have the same goal to make it simple for people to understand what is needed to be better managers/leaders.
    I have been studying human nature and leadership since I was 14. My first interest was so I could play Avalon Hill games better.

  11. iselworld says:

    Thank you for reading our blog, you have great content too! If you would like to connect further, please send us an email at iselorg at gmail.com to the attention of Nikolai.

    Nikolaï Ray, founder of the http://www.iselworld.org
    http://www.nikolairay.com

  12. Thanks for liking my blog, I got really excited and truly appreciate the encouragement. Looking forward to future posts.

  13. PAM says:

    Thank you for reading (and liking) the OwnYourOwnJob blog. I love your mission and zeal and share your attempt to improve management. The OwnYourOwnJob blog is part of Transformation Advisors, Inc. You might find other management content of interest at http://www.transformationadvisors.com. Let me know how I can advance your cause.
    You might also find the work of two more authors worthy of your reading list: Marcus Buckingham has written a series of books on finding and using personal and team strengths. Also try Contented Cows Give Better Milk by Bill Catlette & Richard Hadden

    • Thank you for the link. I will check it out. The biggest help anyone can be to me at this point is to refer the site to anyone you know that may have an interest in my ramblings. I am still very much struggling with the marketing of the site. As for your book recommendations, I am very familiar with Mr. Buckingham and his writings. I have enjoyed his worked immensely as well. I am not familiar with Contented Cows Give Better Milk, but I must say that I am intrigued by the title. I am adding it to my reading list right now. Thank you for reading and commenting.

  14. aFrankAngle says:

    Thanks for recently stopping by my site of eclectic topics … so I invite you back for there are many gifts under the tree. http://afrankangle.wordpress.com/2011/12/24/on-a-time-for-gifts/

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  16. I enjoy your blog and feel we are on the same wavelength. I also like the fact that you link to other blogs on your home page through BlogRoll. Question, how do you add the links? I have tried but it automatically inserts WordPress links that I can’t eliminate.

    Looking forward to reading more of your ideas.

  17. louisdietvorst says:

    I like your blog. It helps me challenge my own thoughts and opinions and inspires me. As far as your posts on presentations and powerpoint I like to share my experience with practicing the basics of Ashby’s Law of Requisite Variety. Basically it says that the controlling system must have at least same variety as the controlled system. If you consider your audience as the “controlled system” and you as a presenter being in the role of the “controlling system”, you must try to match your own variety with that of your audience. I have noticed that it works if you try to match (adapt!) yourself to your audience and speak their “native” language as much as possible. Btw, I also get a lot of inspiration from the MIX – Management Innovation eXchange (http://www.managementexchange.com/) where a lot of people share opinions on improving the management system(s).

    • I will have to read a little more on Ashby’s Law of Requisite Variety as that is a concept I am not familiar with. Thank you for introducing it. I did hop over the Management Exchange website and I was thoroughly impressed. I will spend some time going through it today, but I suspect that site will end up on my blogroll as well. Thanks for bringing so much new information in today. I hope we hear from you more in the future.

  18. Gwyn Teatro says:

    I’m popping in here to say “thanks” for the support you have given my blog posts of late. I appreciate it very much.
    Like you, I’m not an expert in anything …not a guru either. But, I’ve lived long enough and had enough experience to conclude that the quality of work and the work experience depends on the quality of its leadership. I’m happy to know there are people like you around who place emphasis on the helping those in leadership roles acquire the tools to do it well.

    • You are quite welcome. I love reading what others have to write. I promise you that I am getting more information then I am providing. Blogging is a whole new world that has opened up to me, and I cannot believe that I was this late to the party. Thanks for stopping by and saying hello.

  19. Thanks for the “like” on my new blog. In reviewing your recommended reading I noted we have “Leadership and Self Deception” in common. As a former CEO I engaged The Arbinger Institute as a consultant to implement their model. As part of the “it starts at the top train-the-trainer process”, I became an Arbinger Certified Facilitator and found unique value in their approach to eliminating self-deception in the work place (starting with me) in a way that improves results. The sad irony is that after retiring from the company I helped build, the tool-set was discarded by those who stood to have the most gain.

    It was one of many personal experiences that inspired me to research and write; “The Cure for Corporate Stupidity” which will be published on January 16, 2012. It is a serious but easy to read/follow look at why otherwise bright people can unknowingly make flawed business decisions and how to avoid them.

    Let me know if you would like to have any follow up conversation off line.

    Larry J. Bloom
    Recovering CEO

    Author | The Cure for Corporate Stupidity | curecorporatestupidity@gmail.com | http://curecorporatestupidity.com/

  20. tadams4u says:

    I have been following you for a month now and I must say your posts are ones I look forward to. You have some great stuff to share. Like you say, you focus on the basics and you explain it in away that I think relates to all levels of leaders (new to experienced).

    I’ve just added a new recommended page to my blog and you were the first recommendation I put.

    Keep the great stuff coming. You continue to inspire me to keep sharing my knowledge and passion as well.

  21. tadams4u says:

    You have an excellent blog, it would be a shame if you stopped. I’ll do my part to send folks your way. Do you have a twitter account as well? I found that was a quick way to gain new readers. Lot of folks out there looking for your type of solid advice.

  22. Kelly Wright says:

    I’m very much enjoying your blog! I will finish my medical training this summer and will be starting a position where I will be a co-director of a division at a major medical center. I need all the help I can get to be the best manager of people, time, money, and patients that I can be. Thanks for a little daily dose of inspiration and advice! Best, Kelly

    • Kelly, I very much appreciate the feedback. You are exactly my target audience, so if I ever start to let you down then you need to let me know. I am very happy to have you as part of our community. If I can help you in any way, please do hesitate to reach out to me directly.

  23. Hello! Just wanted to let you know how much I’m enjoying your blog. Your posts are on target and really helpful. Keep them coming!

  24. Thank you for looking at and liking our blog. We are going to try to manage it more effectively and consistently! Thanks for the inspiration to do so.

  25. joelquass says:

    http://ilovegetttingupinthemorning.wordpress.com/2012/03/24/is-your-organization-doomed-to-fail/

    Dear “Anonymous” Thank you for the inspiration for my latest blog post. I included a link to your post. Joel

  26. Babette Smith says:

    Hello,

    I wanted to drop you a line and compliment you on your website and blog. Nice layout, good tips, and an overall great resource on professional leadership and management concepts.

    I currently work for an RPO solutions firm and we are interested in advertising on your site because we think it would be a great fit for us.

    Please let me know if this is possible.

    Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you.

    • I appreciate the feedback and your desire to advertise here. Unfortunately I have no aspiration of monetizing my blog. I am truly just trying to help others. Feel free to comment anytime. I think you will find that it will drive some traffic to your site.

  27. Hi, wanted to take a short interview of yours,
    To inspire myself and lot others.

    May I know, if my request will be granted?

    Thank you very much.

  28. Hi MBN, glad to see you are looking around at posts. I have missed hearing from you and hope that all is going well. Keep in touch please.

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