6 Questions You Must Ask When You Start Managing a New Team

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When you’re managing a new team, there’s a lot of uncertainty. What do they think of you? Will everyone get along? How was their last manager? Are they a talented team? Starting anything new is always hard, and when you involve multiple other people, personalities, and habits, it ups the difficulty level significantly. As a […]

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How to Balance Accountability vs. Responsibility When Leading Your Team

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When something goes wrong, where do you look? If you’re a good manager, you start by looking in the mirror. You ask yourself how you contributed to the problem, no matter what. As a leader, you’re accountable for everything that happens with your team: This is an essential lesson for founders, as well as any […]

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Bad Manager: 5 Signs of a Bad Manager

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In their “The State of the American Manager” study, Gallup found that half (50%) of all Americans have left a job to “get away from their manager at some point in their career.” We’ve said it before, but it begs repeating: employees leave managers, not companies. And a bad manager can make employees leave in […]

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11 Essential Tips for Managing Remote Employees

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Are you prepared to manage remote employees? You may be excited to take on your first remote team members– maybe an existing employee is going remote– but are you familiar with the challenges that come with it? According to Matthew Hollingsworth, the Director of Operations at We Work Remotely, remote work is the future: “Now […]

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Skip Level Meetings: Everything you need to know about Skip Level 1 on 1s

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How are my managers really doing? What’s really happening in my organization? What do my people really think? Am I missing anything important? Whether you’re a veteran leader or brand new to having real hierarchy below you, these kinds of questions are likely to be on your mind often. The more removed from the day-to-day […]

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

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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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