I have never been a believer in the old cliché, “It’s not personal, it’s business.” All it really means is it isn’t personal to the person delivering the message. The person hearing it, on the other hand, is likely taking whatever news they’re hearing (layoff, cut in pay … I could go on and on) very personally.
It’s been more than three years since I took over the position of editor-in-chief at InsideCounsel. In that time, I have had the pleasure to working with some very talented journalists. They’ve included one accomplished editor and writer with extensive experience, several fresh graduates eager to learn more about the world of publishing as well as some talented editors whose experience falls somewhere in between. My staff over these years has taught me a lot about being a manager, and they’ve made me strive to be the best manager for them that I can.