What to Expect In Your First One on One Meeting with an Employee

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Are you having one on ones? Many of the top leaders in business swear by the value of regular one on one meetings.  Ben Horowitz considers one on ones so important he was willing to fire a senior leader who wasn’t having regular one on ones with their direct reports.  Former Intel CEO Andy Grove […]

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7 Tips for First-Time Managers: How to Succeed as a New Manager

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Congratulations! You’ve been promoted. Or maybe you’re starting a new job at a new company. Either way, you have a fresh start, and a new set of challenges. You only get one chance to make a first impression, so you want to make the most of it.  That’s why today we’re helping you with a […]

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Developing Leaders: What To Do When Your Team Grows Too Big

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Boss: “You’re doing a great job with your team!” You: “Thanks!” Boss: “You don’t mind if we go ahead and put a few more people on your team, right?” You: “Umm….” Whether this is a conversation you have in your head or one that’s happened to you in talking to your boss, you know the […]

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Bad Manager: 5 Signs of a Bad Manager

How to Better Manage Up

In their “The State of the American Manager” study, Gallup found that half (50%) of all Americans have left a job to “get away from their manager at some point in their career.” We’ve said it before, but it begs repeating: employees leave managers, not companies. And a bad manager can make employees leave in […]

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How to Become a Manager: A Guide for Aspiring Leaders

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Ever thought about becoming a manager? Want to know what it takes and how to move up from your individual contributor role? Becoming a manager opens a whole new world of opportunity. With the right mindset and skills, you’ll find it is interesting, challenging, and rewarding. It also comes with new responsibility and usually higher […]

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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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Leadership Lessons for Managers from Kate Matsudaira

Kate Matsudaira knows you need to have your team work well with other teams

Kate Matsudaira has been leading engineering teams for over a decade. She’s worked at major companies like Amazon, and great startups like Decide (acquired by Ebay) and Moz. Through these experiences, she’s accumulated a lot of knowledge on leading and motivating teams. We recently interviewed Kate hoping to learn some of her secrets.  We were […]

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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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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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