The Most Important Management Concept You’re Missing: Task Relevant Maturity

Management Concept - you can't manage one size fits all

Task Relevant Maturity. Is there a less sexy, technical-sounding phrase for managers? Probably not. Yet, whether you work at a 100,000 employee juggernaut, or a hot startup with a mostly flat organization, you need to add this management concept (and those 3 letters: TRM) to your leadership approach. Otherwise, you may end up like this: […]

Management Concept - you can't manage one size fits all
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Who do you promote? 5 Qualities of a Good Leader

As your team grows, there’s increasing pressure to develop good leaders within your team. At some point (~10 direct reports) you can’t manage everyone yourself. The logical thing to do is to get help. The best help is someone already in your company, and ideally on your team. They know and fit in your culture, […]

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5 Ways You Could Be Contributing to Poor Management at Your Company

Do you find your managers aren’t succeeding? Are your employees complaining about poor management in surveys or exit interviews? Have you gone away for a week or two and come back to find those you left in charge have been playing “boss” instead of servant leader? It’s easy to point the finger at managers that […]

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Awesome Leadership Lessons from the departures of Bill Simmons & Jon Stewart

Leadership Lessons Bill Simmons and Jon Stewart

When a noted entertainment personality leaves their stage, the world takes note and often takes a deeper look at their accomplishments. In the first half of 2015, we’ve seen two major personalities announce departures from their lofty perches: Jon Stewart of the Daily Show and Bill Simmons from ESPN.  While they left on very different […]

Leadership Lessons Bill Simmons and Jon Stewart
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10 Key Ed Catmull Quotes on Leadership from Creativity, Inc

Developing Talent

In Silicon Valley, we lionize and deeply study the founders of some of the greatest companies built here. And with good reason: when you change an industry and build a multi-billion dollar company that reaches millions, you must be doing something right. When you think about those characteristics, names like Jobs & Wozniak (Apple), Musk […]

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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 friend once told me, “every […]

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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The Secret to Long Term Happiness for Your Team

Even older team members have personal goals

As a manager, you have direct control over the well-being and happiness of your team. Sometimes that means rewarding your best people. Other times it’s fixing problems. Or, it can be protecting your team from distraction, annoyance, or corporate BS. While dealing with all of that day to day, week to week, and month to […]

Even older team members have personal goals
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3 Books Every Manager Should Read

Get Lighthouse - How to Become a Manager

Whether you’re looking for a great holiday gift for a new manager in your life, or just want to help yourself become a better leader, books are a great source of learning. I’ve read a lot and these are all timeless classic that came highly recommended. These books compliment one another by covering key areas […]

Get Lighthouse - How to Become a Manager
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