The Common Source of Your Organizational Problems

organizational problems are caused by managers that are like the problem under the iceberg water line

“Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else.” – David Foster Wallace Most companies have some key characteristics that make them believe they’re different: a combination of their business model, mission, product, and other factors. But when you look inside these companies, quite a bit […]

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When to Quit Your Job, if You’re a Leader (and how to exit well)

Leadership

“I’m a mid-level leader at my company and really unhappy. How do you know when to quit your job, when so many others depend on you?” That’s not an easy question, but it’s one of many we’ve heard before. In the process of growing Lighthouse and writing this blog, we have talked to a lot […]

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Why Employees Leave Managers, not Companies (and what to do about it)

First One on One Meetings with an Employee

Remember the classic book on relationships, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus? Might it be time to write a similar volume about managers and employees? Managers are from…Mars? Consider this: 53% of employees believe “inadequate staffing” is the major driver of stress at work, but only 15% of managers believe that. Meanwhile, 33% […]

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7 John Wooden Quotes on Leadership to Make You a Better Manager

Leadership

John Wooden is one of the greatest coaches of all time. He led his UCLA men’s basketball team to a stunning 10 NCAA Championships in 12 years. Over the years, he’s shared his leadership lessons in a variety of books, including one I recently read: Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off […]

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To be a Good Manager, Always Start with Yourself

John C Maxwell knows you need to embrace failing

There are many skills and concepts to master to be a good manager. Management is a career change, not just a promotion, after all.  It takes years to master many of them. However, there is one skill, one approach, that is the best place to start: Self-awareness. To be a Good Manager, Always Start with […]

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Why Silicon Valley has so many Bad Managers

bad managers will kill you when things go wrong like ben horowitz warns

At the heart of Silicon Valley is the spirit of invention and innovation. Solving problems and inventing the future is what drives so many to move here and then start and build companies. Along with this inspiring innovation, there are a shocking number of bad managers here. Despite increasing attention, management and leadership continues to […]

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20 Inspiring Quotes for Leaders to Reflect on & Learn from

quotes for leaders satart by understanding you need a learning mindset

“I apologize for the length of this letter; I didn’t have time to make it shorter.” – Mark Twain Mark Twain was right. It takes a lot of work to make a good point in just a few words. That’s part of the beauty of Twitter; the character limit forces those sharing thoughts to be […]

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The Top 10 Reasons Companies Fail at Promoting from Within

Andy Grove knows managers need to train their people

“We have 24 year olds managing 22 year olds, and it’s going as well as you’d expect…” The CEO of a rapidly growing company lamented this as we spoke about how he was trying to build a great company with a healthy culture.  He saw the value of choosing to promote from within, but it […]

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3 Key Reasons to Promote from Within at Your Company

Promote from within and reward your best people like Richard Branson

As your company grows, there’s a lot of questions and challenges you have to answer: What defines your culture? How will you hit your growth targets? What will the org chart look like? How do you celebrate wins and handle losses? What will you do to manage expectations inside and out of the company? What […]

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