Two Key Words to Remember that will Help You Be a Great Manager

a great manager knows the power of the right word

What could make you a great manager without major changes? How could just a couple words have that kind of impact? Believe it or not, I already used both words in this post. And if you start using them more, you can be a great manager, too. Today, we tackle why these words matter, and […]

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Nails in the Coffin: Why a Flat Organizational Structure Fails

the death of the flat organizational structure

A few years ago, having a flat organizational structure was all the rage. Well-known companies like Zappos, Medium, and Buffer were singing its praises and writing detailed posts explaining their reasoning. Tired of bad bosses, and corporate politics, the internet rejoiced. On paper it sounded so great. Why do we need managers? Who needs structure? […]

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9 Inspiring Quotes for Managers to Learn from & Reflect on

quotes for managers - learn llike JFK

“I apologize for the length of this letter; I didn’t have time to make it shorter.” – Mark Twain Mark Twain was right. It takes effort to make a good point in just a few words. That’s part of the beauty of Twitter; the character limit forces those sharing thoughts to be concise. Today, we’re […]

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How to Give Constructive Feedback to Motivate and Improve Your Team

constructive feedback can make all the difference

“(Sigh…) Why didn’t you tell me about this issue sooner?!?” If you’ve ever received a surprise in your performance review, you’ve said (or thought) exactly that. Few things are as frustrating as feeling you didn’t receive constructive feedback when you needed it, and instead are punished by it at review time. Knowing this, as a […]

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10 Terrible Gifts for Boss’s Day for the Horrible Boss in Your Life

gifts for boss's day - mr burns mystery gift

“Uh oh…sounds like somebody has a case of the Mondays!” If you’ve ever had a job you hated coming to work for each day, you know the feeling behind that statement from the iconic workplace comedy, Office Space. Fittingly, Boss’s Day is Monday, October 16th. Who wouldn’t want to celebrate the boss that ruins their […]

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How to Keep Your Team Engaged When You Have Low Morale at Work

andy grove knows what it takes to fight low morale

At many companies, low morale is a fact of life. Any number of problems can stifle people, leaving them unmotivated and struggling to do their job. As a manager, you may feel low morale yourself; no one is immune to the harsh realities of the modern workplace. Gallup’s engagement stats show us year after year […]

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3 Leadership Stories to Help You be a Better Manager

leadership stories are a great way to learn as a manager

“Management isn’t some skill like drawing where you can just practice in isolation for hours and hours on end. You need to have the opportunity to be stretched in certain situations in order to learn and grow.“ – Julie Zhuo, Product Design VP at Facebook Learning leadership skills can be a steep challenge. Much of […]

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6 Facts About Managers You Need to Know to Better Work with Yours

facts about managers - walk a mile in their shoes have some empathy

“Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them, and you have their shoes.” – Jack Handey Most people have strong feelings about their managers. You either love working for them, or you find aspects of them very difficult. […]

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The Common Source of Your Organizational Problems

organizational problems are caused by managers that are like the problem under the iceberg water line

“Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else.” – David Foster Wallace Most companies have some key characteristics that make them believe they’re different: a combination of their business model, mission, product, and other factors. But when you look inside these companies, quite a bit […]

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