Why Quarterly Check-ins Don’t Cut it and Contribute to Turnover

use the progress principle to make your check-ins great

“I’m giving my two weeks notice. I’ve taken another job.” My friend had just blindsided her manager by telling him she was leaving. The manager never saw it coming. My friend seemed happy. She was friends with many of her coworkers, and seemed to enjoy her work. Yet, under the surface, problems were brewing. There […]

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5 Reasons Good People Become Bad Bosses

bad bosses use a stick but shouldn't according to president dwight eisenhower

Why are there so many bad bosses? Gallup research reveals that over 50% of Americans have quit a job to get away from their manager.  Meanwhile, overall employee engagement has been stuck for years around a meager 30%: Further, their research shows that managers, “account for at least 70% of the variance in employee engagement.” […]

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How Employees Can Drive Their Own Career Growth

Questions to Ask in One on Ones with a Manager

You’re not alone. It’s not just you. The leading benefit that Millennials (and many others at work) want in a job is the opportunity for career growth and development. Studies by PwC: and Deloitte agree: Career growth and development are some of the top things people look for in jobs. Yet, most aren’t growing. Unfortunately, […]

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Employee Development: How to grow your employees when you can’t promote them

How to Help Your Team Achieve Their Goals

Everywhere we look, work place research and leaders seem to be talking about how much employee development is valued by workers, and especially Millennials. Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends 2015 found it was the top work benefit valued by Millennials: Deloitte’s 2016 study of Millennials also found growth and development were top reasons to join a […]

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5 Common Mistakes Managers Make with Remote Workers

Remote Workers deserve attention and input that leads to buy in as well

While some companies like Yahoo and Reddit have banned remote work, many other companies are embracing having remote workers due to a variety of benefits. Unfortunately, as this becomes more common, it also presents a series of challenges, especially for managers. Managing remote workers is not the same as managing someone who is in the […]

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5 Awesome Ways to Give Feedback to Your Team

motivating employees means giving feedback like Ken Blanchard suggests

If you want your team to perform well, you have to give feedback to them regularly. If they don’t know your standards or expectations, it’s very unlikely they’ll meet them consistently. Unfortunately, the most common way managers give feedback is the sh*t sandwich.  Before you give the critical feedback, you open with something positive about […]

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How to take notes in your one on ones in any situation

One on ones are a unique, individual meeting. Depending on the situation, how to take notes the best way can vary. Managing is not one-size-fits-all. You need to adapt to not just your team and culture, but what fits each person. It’s why understanding Task Relevant Maturity is so important. But it doesn’t stop there. […]

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What to Do When You Start Managing Former Peers

managing former peers means elephants in the room

It’s a common scenario: The company you work at is growing. Suddenly, a new layer of management is created, and thus a new role opens up. Leadership in the company wants to promote internally, so you and a number of your peers apply. Only one person can get the job and now that you have […]

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5 Simple Approaches to Keep Your Composure in Difficult Situations

keep your composure. don't freak out liek this guy

One of the biggest challenges of being a manager is developing self-awareness. The attitude you show, the approaches you use in various situations, and the way that you carry yourself are all picked up by your team. It can be hard to always keep your composure, but that’s what your team needs. No one expects […]

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