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I’m constantly struck with the simplicity of what really works. One of the keys of improvising a scene is to “be obvious”: if you have a father and a son and the son says “Dad, can i borrow the car” then the answer from the dad shouldn’t be “After you’ve cleaned up the space junk on Zoltran”, but rather something along the lines of “After you’ve cleaned up your room”.

It turns out it works in helping managers deal with managing too. This article by Adam Grant talks about the importance of highlighting what you think is obvious in management as well: for example, a manager should always meet a new hire on their first day. (When they do there are some surprising gains in retention, internal networks and other things… read it!).

What’s obvious?

So here are some other obvious things I would like to point out.

This is fun!

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