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How management and teaching are alike

Ta-Nehisi Coates writes about his experience of teaching a writing class at MIT this semester. Here he is talking about motivating students:

I didn’t have to work hard to motivate people. What I found was that if I showed up, and I was excited, they fed off of that, and they got excited. I came to feel that teaching was performance. My job was to communicate my own energy and belief in the importance of the work.

As a manager, this is what I try to bring to my work. Hopefully I’m successful.

I’m going to write more about this some other time, but one thing I’ve come to realize is that there’s nothing I appreciate more than a committed performance. Whether it’s from a singer, an actor, a teacher, or a colleague. Commitment makes up for almost any other deficiency.

1 Comment

  1. Agreed and one of the toughest parts of being a manager. Sometimes management is very much like acting, especially on the days when you really don’t feel the energy and need to act excited and upbeat anyway.

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