How to Ensure a New Manager Succeeds

julie zhuo reminds us that a new manager has to learn from what they experience

Being a new manager can be an exciting, and stressful, opportunity. It’s a great promotion, with new responsibilities, added prestige, and the pay bump to match. It’s also a major career change to a world very different than what you learn in any school or classroom. It’s important that you promote people looking to be […]

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How to Manage Contractors and Freelancers to Bring out their Best

Better Manager

Do you know how to manage contractors? Have you had freelancers on your teams? In an ideal world maybe we’d all have only full time employees who all work closely with us long term. However, in reality, there are a variety of reasons why you may mix in contractors and freelancers to your team. When […]

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Step by Step How to Praise to Motivate Your Team (and why it matters)

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Praise is one of the most underrated, yet crucial, parts of managing. It can dramatically change how people feel and the caliber of work they produce. Research reported on Harvard Business Review shows that teams that are praised most outperformed those praised less across key criteria like financial performance, customer satisfaction, and 360-degree feedback. Yet, […]

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25 Reasons You Must Start Having One on Ones with Employees

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“Who has time for this?!?” “My team is doing fine.” “I have too many reports to meet with everyone.” “We’re all adults here. We can handle our own problems.” “One on one meetings don’t scale and we only do scalable things here.” There are a lot of excuses why you might not be doing 1 […]

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31 Questions to Ask Remote Employees to Better Support Them

High Output Management

Supporting remote employees is different, and in some ways harder, than employees in the office. But the right questions during your 1 on 1s can go a long way to helping them thrive. Read on to learn specifically crafted questions to ask remote employees on your team. Remote management is the same as managing people […]

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Why everything breaks when you reach 25 employees

Ben Horowitz "Perhaps the CEO’s most important operational responsibility is designing and implementing the communication architecture for her company. Absent a well-designed communication architecture, information and ideas will stagnate and your company will degenerate into a bad place to work."

Congratulations! Your company is growing and you’ve hired a great team. They’ve helped take your fledgling idea and make it more than just a reality, but a bonafide business with revenue that requires commas, an office, and passionate, happy customers.   Unfortunately, the hard work is just beginning.  As a wise founder friend once told […]

Ben Horowitz "Perhaps the CEO’s most important operational responsibility is designing and implementing the communication architecture for her company. Absent a well-designed communication architecture, information and ideas will stagnate and your company will degenerate into a bad place to work."
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How to Motivate Your Team Without Breaking the Bank

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We all dream of having an energized team, totally motivated and hitting all their goals. If you’re lucky, you may work in such an environment. Congratulations, that comes from hard work by leaders like you. For the rest of us, the question then becomes how to motivate your team to be more like that. What […]

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