12 Questions to Ask Your Team to Become a Better Coach at Work

coach at work means building loyalty and caring for them

Ever had a great manager that invested time in helping you grow and develop? It felt great to have a coach at work, didn’t it? If not, chances are you taught yourself how to get better– whether that was your skills to be a great individual contributor or how to be a manager– through trial […]

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One on One Meetings: The Only Guide Managers Need [Free Template]

one on one meeting template - andy grove knows how valuable one on ones are.

One on one meetings, 1:1s, 1 2 1s, one on ones, 1 on 1s, check-ins. Whatever you call them, they’re one of the most powerful tools you have as a manager. Many managers have one on one meetings with their teams, but too often, they waste them. Status updates, awkward silences, and frequent cancellations are […]

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Crisis Leadership: 18 Questions to Ask Your Team to Thrive in Difficult Times

trust is the foundation of good crisis leadership

Pressure makes diamonds. It can also make a puddle of mush. The difference is how well you adapt to crisis leadership versus leadership in good times. Over communicate, over communicate, over communicate. When you face a crisis, communication becomes even more important. Your team will have questions, concerns, wild thoughts, and mistaken assumptions. The only […]

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Expert Advice for Managing Up at Work from Great Leaders

managing up is a key skill to succeed

How do I look good to my boss? How do I stay on the same page as them? What do I do to avoid unwanted surprises with my manager? What are the best approaches to managing up well? These are common questions mid-level leaders and individual contributors alike ask themselves when they start working on […]

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3 Crucial Keys to Helping Your Team Transition to Remote Work Effectively

Are you ready to transition to remote work today? With the Coronavirus spreading rapidly, many companies are making the tough, but necessary decision to have their team move to working remotely. The risk is too great with the ease with which this virus is spreading between people. Death to the open office. There’s been a […]

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11 Essential Tips for Managing Remote Employees

Are you ready to start to managing remote employees? You may be excited to take on your first remote team members– maybe an existing employee is going remote or you were hired to manage a fully distributed team– but are you familiar with the challenges that come with it? According to prolific angel investor and […]

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What to Expect In Your First One on One Meeting with an Employee

1 on 1s

Are you having one on ones? Many of the top leaders in business swear by the value of regular one on one meetings.  Ben Horowitz considers one on ones so important he was willing to fire a senior leader who wasn’t having regular one on ones with their direct reports.  Former Intel CEO Andy Grove […]

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8 Best Professional Development Goals for Managers

Manager of managers

Ever worked with an unhappy manager? Seen them frazzled, frustrated, or run down? Chances are, their team felt the same way. There’s even a name for this: the Cascade Effect. According to Gallup’s “State of the American Manager” report “Employees’ engagement is directly influenced by their managers’ engagement — whose engagement is directly influenced by […]

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