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<p>Nothing prepares you for people management. You can take
courses, read books, or even hang around a dependable mentor for a year, but
nothing can prepare you for the real experience. That's because you're dealing
with people and people are unpredictable. </p>

<p>I once managed a team of people who wrote about computer
technology. I had four co-managers who led similar groups but had different
areas of concentration. One area in particular included the developer
newsletters, which a colleague of mine was in charge of. One day this colleague
knocked on my door, looking quite shaken up.</p>

<p>Apparently, he had gone in to talk to one of his writers. He
taps on the guy's office door, hears "Come in," then opens the door. And
that's when he sees the writer busy typing away at his desk IN HIS BOXER SHORTS.
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<p>For those of you who missed that the first time: IN HIS
BOXER SHORTS. You know, I'm not sure what Miss Manners would recommend in such
a situation but my friend was, understandably, speechless. What, exactly, is
the right thing to do in a situation like that? (Besides screaming, I mean). Do
you put on the greatest poker face ever and go ahead and ask the question you
came to ask? My friend could do nothing but stand there until the developer
broke the silence with, "Well, it's hot in here." </p>

<p>OK, let's say it was hot in there. Let's say his office was
located on the surface of the sun. Would that really give a normal person the
idea that it was OK to work in his underwear? I think not. And if you think you
could have handled the whole thing smoothly as a manager, well then, my hat is
off to you. (But only my hat!)</p>

<p>My point is, books and classes can't possibly predict all
the behaviors and situations you will encounter when you lead a group of
people. Not even experience can prepare you for it all. Have you experienced
any similar horror stories?</p>

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