How to Help Your Team Achieve Their Goals

Climb the mountain of people's goals

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” – Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric 1981-2001. One of the most powerful conversations you can have as a manager with a team member is about their goals. Not company KPIs, not […]

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Why You Want Your Employees to have Side Projects

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If you’ve ever hired anyone, you know there’s a few key skills you’d like every candidate to have: experience at the key tasks of the job, an ability to learn and level up quickly, and efficient with their time. The vast majority of people that tend to check all those boxes have something in common: […]

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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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5 Ways to Give Effective Praise to Motivate Your Team

even spongebob knows praise matters.

Praise is one of the most powerful things a leader can offer their team. When delivered well (and well-deserved), praise gives people the drive and motivation to continue doing the caliber of work you want to see. This is why Mary Kay Ash, founder of the Mary Kay Cosmetics empire, remarked: The power of workplace […]

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Lessons from the Leadership Trenches: Zac Cramer of IT Assurance

Some lessons are learned in a classroom. Others, you learn from a book. And some of the hardest lessons come from the school of experience. Zac Cramer is an entrepreneur like many of the readers of the Lighthouse blog. By chance, he and I had a conversation about how his business is doing and some […]

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One on One Meeting Questions Great Managers Ask Their Teams

Why Your Employees Leave in Waves and How to Stop It - Employee turnover

One on one meetings are a cornerstone to any effective manager <-> team member relationship from small startups to giant companies. What you talk about, and the one on one meeting questions you ask, make all the difference in the performance of your team. It’s why Andy Grove, legendary founder of Intel and author of […]

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How to Improve Your Emotional Intelligence to Become a Better Leader

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What separates a good leader from a great one? According to psychologist Daniel Goleman, it’s emotional intelligence. “IQ and technical skills matter…they are crucial threshold abilities, what you need to get the job done. But everyone you compete with at work has those same skill sets.” According to Goleman, you need to stand out and […]

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