Building an Unconventional Career as a Leader with Mike Pretlove

by Jason Evanish, CEO Get Lighthouse, Inc.

What do you need to know as a first time manager? What are the biggest pitfalls to avoid? How can you pick the right job and opportunity to break into management?

Building an Unconventional Career as a Leader

To answer these questions, and more, we sat down with Mike Pretlove, who has been a leader now for over 15 years. He’s led teams in a variety of roles, first managing designers, then a major operations role, and now as founder of a new software startup. 

We cover a variety of key concepts to help you build an unconventional career as a leader and motivate your teams, like showing more empathy, giving the right amount and frequency of feedback, and improving your decision making skills. Listen in to find out what works and doesn’t as a new manager.

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Show Notes:

Key actions for you to take today to build an unconventional career:

  1. Remember to start small with any changes so you do not overwhelm or get too much resistance from your team.
  2. Then, remember these 3 steps you can take today:
    • Get organized and be an organized leader
      • Remember promises and key dates for your team. 
      • Be sure to keep your promises so your team will, too.
    • Exercise empathy 
      • Get to know what they like and how things work best for them for feedback, praise, and communication.
    • Deliver feedback on a regular basis
      • Smaller and more often is better. Never surprise them at review time. 
      • Genuine, feedback or praise, once a week is fantastic. 

Where to find and follow Mike:

Jason Evanish

Jason Evanish

As the founder and CEO of Get Lighthouse, Inc, Jason and the Lighthouse team have helped managers grow their leadership skills in dozens of countries around the world. They’ve worked with a variety of companies from non-profits to high growth startups, and government organizations to well known, publicly traded companies. Jason has also been featured in publications including NPR, the Wall Street Journal, and Fast Company.

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