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The Manager Curse

When my siblings and I were younger, our parents used to say, “Someday, I hope you have one just like you.” Many of my adult friends received this same “curse,” and indeed have had to relive the headaches they gave their parents with their own children. Management requires many of the same attributes as parenthood, so it’s no surprise that the curse extends to direct reports who go on to become managers.

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