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

people leave managers, not companies - sometimes you're getting away from a boss

“People leave managers, not companies” is a common refrain you’ll hear when corporate leadership is discussed. But is it really true? And if it is, why do people leave their managers? Missing the forest for the trees. When you hear why your friend took their new job, you often hear these kinds of rationalizations: “The […]

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Why Group 1 on 1s Don’t Work and Other Follies

no one looks forward to a group 1 on 1 with the Bobs

Managers are always coming up with creative approaches to try to help their teams. Unfortunately, some of those ideas do more harm than good. Group 1 on 1s are one such example. Group != 1 on 1 For many of you, you’ll be puzzled by this suggestion that 1 on 1s would be anything but […]

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How to stop being a bad leader and turn around a miserable team

“I found out I’m a bad leader and poorly manage my team. Out of 8 people, 3 are going to leave because of this. I really want to make things better and create a better company…what do I do?” A manager recently wrote that to us at Lighthouse. We felt his pain. We’ve been there […]

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5 Great Sam Walton Quotes on Leadership from Made in America

Sam Walton quotes from Made in America - you can learn from everybody

Sam Walton is one of the greatest retailers and entrepreneurs in the history of America. Starting with a few stores in small towns in Arkansas, he turned his tenacity for serving customers, and delivering deep discounts, into one of the largest businesses in the world. Shortly before his passing in 1992, he wrote his autobiography, […]

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How You Can Use the Elephant and the Rider to Motivate Your Team

the elephant and the rider is a helpful metaphor

The elephant and the rider. Imagine it. You’re probably picturing yourself or another person on top of an elephant like this: More than just a powerful, majestic image, this is a really helpful metaphor for how we all think and act. Psychology researcher and professor at the University of Virginia, Jonathan Haidt, coined this concept […]

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How a Bad Boss Turns their One on Ones into Torture

Bad managers don't know what David Cancel does about the value of 1 on 1s

A bad boss is usually a good person. There are many reasons that they can end up developing bad habits that lead to negative consequences for them and their team. Often, those problems then compound, forcing them into reactive management, fighting fires and dealing with major issues constantly.  This makes it even harder to turn […]

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What leaders must learn about the First Follower principle

listen to your people if you want a first follower

First Follower, fifth follower, fiftieth follower. They’re all the same, right? Not quite. Whether the change you’re bringing is big or small, having a great First Follower can make all difference between standing alone, and getting full buy in and acceptance from those you’re leading. Start a Movement I recently saw this inspiring TED Talk […]

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The One on One Meeting: How to convince a skeptical team member

a healthy growth mindset is key to a great one on one meeting

I don’t want to. Do I have to? That sounds like a waste of time. If you’re excited about having a one on one meeting with each person on your team and any of them respond in those ways, it can be pretty disappointing. Don’t let it stop you. The benefits to morale, motivation, and […]

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Why You Should Lead From the Heart: Lessons from Mark Crowley

Mark Crowley Lead from the Heart lessons

Finance is a ruthless, heartless industry, right? The only thing people there care about is money. Not so fast. For 25 years, Mark Crowley proved the stereotypes wrong. By leading from the heart with his teams, they routinely ranked in the top 5% at some of the largest financial services companies in America. He’s now […]

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