Ben Horowitz published One on One., discussing the benefits and method to meeting with your employees individually.
If you are an employee, how do you get feedback from your manager on an exciting, but only 20% formed idea that you’re not sure is relevant without sounding like a fool? How do you point out that a colleague that you do not know how to work with is blocking your progress without throwing her under the bus? How do you get help when you love your job, but your personal life is melting down? Through a status report? On email? Yammer? Asana? Really? For these and other important areas of discussions, one-on-ones can be essential.
Ben Horowitz published The Fine Line Between Fear and Courage. The article talks about leadership characteristics and includes a couple of great quotes from legendary boxing trainer Cus D’amato, but can be summed up by one of Horowitz’s paragraphs:
Every time you make the hard, correct decision you become a bit more courageous and every time you make the easy, wrong decision you become a bit more cowardly. If you are CEO, these choices will lead to a courageous or cowardly company.
When Smart People are Bad Employees by Ben Horowitz comments on the problems created by having a really smart, but bad employee. The article even touches on if exceptions should be made for this type of employee.
Ben Horowitz published When Employees Misinterpret Managers, which should have been called When Management Misdirects Employees according to some. The article points out the problems of focusing on the wrong goals and numbers.