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They Are Not Your Friends | No BS Management Advice

I don’t care if you are a first time manager or a grizzled old manager. This video is a reminder for you.


I’m Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I’m back with more No BS Management Advice to help you as a manager be more effective in your role. Now, I don’t care if you’re a first time manager, or an experienced manager, if you have people around you for any length of time, you start to care about them. You start to like them, you start to really look out for them in an almost a maternalistic or paternalistic way.

You want them to do well and there is nothing wrong with this; it is a great quality to have, because you’re showing that you care employees want to know that their manager cares about them. And I want to remind you, they are not your friends. I’m going to repeat that one because it’s so important to remember this. They are not your friends, even though both of you, both sides of this are friendly.

Friendly is a great thing, but you have a responsibility, as well, that’s different than theirs. Often, employees abuse the relationship between themselves and their manager in order to get what they want. It’s normal for you as a manager (I’m going to differentiate manager and the leadership because managers are there in the trenches with people, and they’re more likely to succumb to this), your job is to get them to do stuff, and to do it bigger, better, faster, cheaper, more effectively, you know, faster, faster, accurately, more accurately. And that is what your role is.

And, yes, you can inspire them as a leader but I’m going to remind you, they’re not your friend. They are not your friend. Again, you may be friendly with them but, ultimately, your job is to get results or else you won’t be around to help them. Someone else will.

So, a blunt message. I hope you find it helpful. If you’re watching on YouTube and you want to subscribe to my channel, click the icon in the lower corner. I believe it’s gonna be the lower right as you look at it, and subscribe to my channel. You’ll get advice about job search, hiring, management, being more effective in the workplace, a whole host of things, all week long that are designed to help you have a better professional and personal life.

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I hope you have a great day and take care



Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked in recruiting for what seems like one hundred years. He is the head coach for He is the host of “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast,” and “No BS Job Search Advice.”

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No BS Management Advice
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