Why Managers Should Take a Break

Take a break and go read in a park

In our culture, it’s easy to glorify the workaholics that never take a break.  I’ve heard friends half-exhausted, half like a badge of honor, talk about how they were in meetings from 9am to 5pm. But is that healthy? Is it the best use of your time? It’s very easy to fall into reactive management. […]

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Peer One on Ones: How to Unlock Great Collaboration Across Teams

“…The team appears to be more energized and I’m finding myself more confident in leading each individual. I’ve also extended the format to include PMs who I work with closely to also touch base and to achieve a similar outcome of trust building and alignment. So far it’s been positive.” A Design Director wrote that […]

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10 Key Ed Catmull Quotes on Leadership from Creativity, Inc

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 […]

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Building Rapport: The First Step to Being a Great Manager

Building rappport will help you make others want to work with you

“Why isn’t my team responding to me?!?” A friend of mine recently started leading a new team for a project he had kicked off a few months ago. He had a compelling mission, a team of people willing to help, and worked hard to not micromanage everyone’s tasks.  He even had a formalized agreement with […]

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Everything you need to know about one-on-ones in less than 1 hour

Lighthouse webinar on one-on-ones as your secret weapon to high performing teams

Thought about starting one-on-ones, but not sure where to begin? Skeptical about the value of one-on-ones? Want to simply improve how they go? Today is your lucky day. Yesterday, we teamed up with the awesome people at KISSmetrics to put on a webinar on one-on-ones and below we have the slides and the recording you […]

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The One Key to Building and Keeping a Great Company Culture

When you mention the word company culture, the first thing that comes to mind for many are things like: Free lunches, happy hours, Mac Cinema Displays, corporate outings, retreats, and office snacks. These are all great perks that many companies have, but they should not be confused with great company culture. You can have all those […]

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The 7 Deadly Sins of Bad Management that Crush Employee Morale

bad management: 7 deadly sins

Most people don’t set out to be bad managers, and yet there are many out there. This is because bad management is often a byproduct of bad habits, not inherently bad people.  These habits develop over time due to a lack of training, stress, and insufficient feedback to recognize problems. When left unchecked, they can lead to […]

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5 Great TED Talks for Managers

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy Becoming a manager means learning a whole new set of skills.  This learning is an ongoing journey likely for the rest of your career as you face new challenges and opportunities. There are many ways to learn new tactics and skills for managing […]

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