How to get your team to open up to have awesome 1:1s

1:1s with introverts require a different approach as ben horowitz knows

“Nope.” “I don’t know.” *shrugs* 1:1s can be hard. It takes two people to have a great conversation. Even if you know what makes a great 1:1, you’re not guaranteed your team members will do their part and contribute. So what do you do when you have 1:1s with your team and someone isn’t engaging […]

1:1s with introverts require a different approach as ben horowitz knows
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The 5 Major Pitfalls of Managing a Partially Remote Team

remote team members can easily feel out of the loop

More and more companies are embracing remote workers. As this happens the challenge becomes: how do you manage a remote team? And what do you do when half your team is with you in your office, and the other half are remote employees? For many managers, this is the new reality they must deal with. […]

remote team members can easily feel out of the loop
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3 Things that Don’t Belong in Your One on One Agenda

never put in a one on one agenda feedback you haven't discussed.

“So….how’s it going?” Asking a question like that is a weak way to start a one on one. The answer you get is only as strong as the will of your team member to want to share their feelings with you. Too often you’ll both accept “good” or “okay” and move on, until one day […]

never put in a one on one agenda feedback you haven't discussed.
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The Power of Repetition: the Secret of Successful Leaders

Leading by example is a big part of the power of repetition as Anne Wojcicki knows

“I’ve already said it, why would I need to repeat it?” It’s an innocent sounding thought, but it’s a dangerous one for any leader that wants to be truly effective. The power of repetition is any leader’s best friend. Repeating yourself may seem annoying to you at first, but it’s important to make sure your […]

Leading by example is a big part of the power of repetition as Anne Wojcicki knows
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What to do when your One-on-Ones get too personal

too personal makes us uncomfortable

“Uhhhh… that’s a bit too personal,” she thought to herself as her team member started sharing a major personal issue they’re having. Her mind turned to the real heart of the question: “what do I do now?” We all know building rapport is important to strong working relationships with our teams. We need to care […]

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How to stop being a bad leader and turn around a miserable team

“I found out I’m a bad leader and poorly manage my team. Out of 8 people, 3 are going to leave because of this. I really want to make things better and create a better company…what do I do?” A manager recently wrote that to us at Lighthouse. We felt his pain. We’ve been there […]

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How You Can Use the Elephant and the Rider to Motivate Your Team

the elephant and the rider is a helpful metaphor

The elephant and the rider. Imagine it. You’re probably picturing yourself or another person on top of an elephant like this: More than just a powerful, majestic image, this is a really helpful metaphor for how we all think and act. Psychology researcher and professor at the University of Virginia, Jonathan Haidt, coined this concept […]

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