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What Shape are You?

My post before this was a kind of therapy / Buddhism / personal growth kind of deal, but I also spend a lot of time thinking about how to run effective teams and to be a responsible, thoughtful manager of people. It is my work: I am a lead engineer at Bungie, an independent video game developer of about 300 employees (though not for long, we're growing.) There are some unique aspects to making videogames, and I'll use game development terminology here as I refer to, say, texture artists or sound designers or programmers, but when I talk to friends in different creative industries - film, industrial design, other software development - I find these themes are pretty universal.

If you're going to manage people, you're going to have a lot of conversations about employee performance. It's just bound to happen. Sometimes, like during reviews, it might seem excessive. You might wonder if's worth all the time it takes. It is. It's OK that you spend a bunch of time on this. As a manager, that is your job. It's your job to have well-formed opinions about how you evaluate people and how you work with them to help them grow. If you aren't spending time on that, then you may be succeeding as a leader, but probably not as a manager. Apples and oranges.

It is, however, important to spend this time well. During conversations about performance, everything you talk about should boil down to one thing: the value they contribute to the team. What is their value, and how can they become more valuable?

I find a lot of review conversations tend to focus on strengths, weaknesses, and specific work results. These seem like reasonable topics, and there's value there, but I also find this often leads to a review that looks like this:

Are You Doing Your Business Accounting Right?

On Accounting Service Singapore

One of the most important parts of running a business is ensuring that the financial matters are accurate and updated. If not, this can lead to the downfall of your business that you’ve worked hard to build.

This puts a bit of a pressure to the people assigned in the accounting department. Especially when accounting service in Singapore are expanding. A simple mistake can cause confusion within the business. So, this leads us to the question: How do I know if I am making my business accounting right?

First of all, you need to know that there is what we call an Accounting Cycle. If you are the bookkeeper of your business or someone else is, you need to be aware that you complete your work be completing the Accounting Cycle. It is a cycle as the process is circular: you enter a transaction, guide it through the cycle, ending it, and starting another cycle with the next account. In detail, there are eight basic steps.

1.Transactions. This can include the sale or return of a product, purchase of supplies, or pretty much anything that involves the company’s finance.

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