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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The Posts Managers Like You Loved the Most in 2020

What did you learn this year? Resilience? Adaptability? How to do more with less? How to manage your psyche and build new habits? For all of us, 2020 is one for the history books. It feels like more eventful, life marking things happened this year than the last 5 combined. And through it all, we’ve […]

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How to Ensure a New Manager Succeeds

julie zhuo reminds us that a new manager has to learn from what they experience

Being a new manager can be an exciting, and stressful, opportunity. It’s a great promotion, with new responsibilities, added prestige, and the pay bump to match. It’s also a major career change to a world very different than what you learn in any school or classroom. It’s important that you promote people looking to be […]

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How to Manage Contractors and Freelancers to Bring out their Best

Do you know how to manage contractors? Have you had freelancers on your teams? In an ideal world maybe we’d all have only full time employees who all work closely with us long term. However, in reality, there are a variety of reasons why you may mix in contractors and freelancers to your team. When […]

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7 Essential Tips for Effective 1 on 1 Meetings with Your Manager

effective 1 on 1 meetings should not be as rare as an albino peacock

Effective 1 on 1 meetings can seem like an albino peacock at some companies: rarely seen, but potentially awesome. That’s not how it should be. 1 on 1 meetings should be something you look forward to. Done well, effective 1 on 1 meetings are an opportunity for: Feedback Coaching Rapport building And talking about all […]

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Step by Step How to Praise to Motivate Your Team (and why it matters)

learn how to praise to make a good team

Praise is one of the most underrated, yet crucial, parts of managing. It can dramatically change how people feel and the caliber of work they produce. Research reported on Harvard Business Review shows that teams that are praised most outperformed those praised less across key criteria like financial performance, customer satisfaction, and 360-degree feedback. Yet, […]

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Questions to Ask a CEO to Ensure a Healthy Company Culture

Questions to Ask a CEO

How can you tell if a company’s culture is on a good track or not? Read more to learn 6 questions to ask a CEO to find out. “Do you have good, leading indicators of culture?” I was emailing with an investor recently discussing how so many have written about the value of culture, yet […]

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25 Reasons You Must Start Having One on Ones with Employees

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“Who has time for this?!?” “My team is doing fine.” “I have too many reports to meet with everyone.” “We’re all adults here. We can handle our own problems.” “One on one meetings don’t scale and we only do scalable things here.” There are a lot of excuses why you might not be doing 1 […]

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