74 Questions to Ask in One on Ones with a Manager

5 Ways to Keep Your Team Happy and Motivated in a Recession

What questions do you ask in one on ones with your manager? What about one on ones with managers that report to you? It’s important to understand that your one on ones with individual contributors reporting to you should be treated differently from those you’d have with the managers under you, and even more so […]

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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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The 8 Best Books for New Managers on Leadership and Self-Improvement

the best leadership books can help new managers be great faster

“What do I do now? Where do I even begin???” If your company has a group of new managers, then it’s very likely many of them are thinking the above questions. Whether you were left to flounder when you started out as a manager, had some great help, or have never managed yourself, there’s a […]

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12 Key Andy Grove Quotes on Leadership from High Output Management

managers must become coaches which means being like andy grove

Andy Grove, pictured below, is one of the greatest CEOs ever. He co-founded Intel and grew it to over $20 Billion in revenue over a 30 year run as CEO. His approaches to leadership and management are legendary. He shared many of his ideas in a series of books, including the management guide, High Output […]

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36 Military Leader Quotes Any Manager Can Learn From

military leader quotes

“It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.” – General Norman Schwarzkopf, U.S. Army With Veterans Day this week in America, we honor those who have died serving in our military. The crucible of war and battle is a […]

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Developing Leaders: What To Do When Your Team Grows Too Big

developing leaders be like tom peters and make more of them

Boss: “You’re doing a great job with your team!” You: “Thanks!” Boss: “You don’t mind if we go ahead and put a few more people on your team, right?” You: “Umm….” Whether this is a conversation you have in your head or one that’s happened to you in talking to your boss, you know the […]

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Questions to Ask a CEO to Ensure a Healthy Company Culture

Questions to Ask a CEO

“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 it often goes un-discussed by boards until there are Uber-level problems. They told me the only indicator they had was to watch for turnover. Unfortunately, by the time […]

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

managing a new team means getting to know what people want

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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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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