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Let Them See You Sweat
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Marilyn Cohodas
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1/9/2014 | 1:37:17 PM
White Knuckles and Sweat
In my experience the combination of white knuckles and sweat are two key ingredients in the recipe for succcess for any project, tech or not.  Some others, as you mention, are humour, resillience, competence and calm in the face of chaos.  You have all of those, Laurie.
RobPreston
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1/9/2014 | 11:03:57 AM
Mixed Mind
I'm of a mixed mind on this subject. At the very top, I think you want your company's leaders to convey surpreme confidence, almost an all-knowing air. Not with their direct reports, but with the rank and file. There's a classic scene from the WWII submarine movie U-571. After the new skipper shows weakness to the crew, the CPO calls him aside to set him straight: "You're the skipper now, and the skipper always knows what to do, whether he does or not." Companies aren't Naval ships, but CEOs shouldn't show their sweat to employees. The project team dynamic is very different, however. We all sweat together. 
OtherJimDonahue
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OtherJimDonahue,
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1/9/2014 | 9:59:07 AM
Sweat
When times are tough, I'd MUCH rather my manager be honest about the challenges. If not, I might have to assume he or she is delusional. No manager wants that.
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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1/9/2014 | 9:44:17 AM
It helped that we knew you knew how scary it felt
On many occasions, I found it reassuring that I could share my worries about the transition with you and know that you saw all the same pitfalls and dangers -- and were working very hard to head them off.

Thanks for sharing this, and for sweating the details when it mattered.


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