6 Questions You Must Ask When You Start Managing a New Team

managing a new team means getting to know what people want

When you’re managing a new team, there’s a lot of uncertainty. What do they think of you? Will everyone get along? How was their last manager? Are they a talented team? Starting anything new is always hard, and when you involve multiple other people, personalities, and habits, it ups the difficulty level significantly. As a […]

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How to Balance Accountability vs. Responsibility When Leading Your Team

be a good coach when you want to balance accountability vs responsibility

When something goes wrong, where do you look? If you’re a good manager, you start by looking in the mirror. You ask yourself how you contributed to the problem, no matter what. As a leader, you’re accountable for everything that happens with your team: This is an essential lesson for founders, as well as any […]

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Bad Manager: 5 Signs of a Bad Manager

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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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Skip Level Meetings: Everything you need to know about Skip Level 1 on 1s

skip level meeting is all about communication as ben horowitz knows

How are my managers really doing? What’s really happening in my organization? What do my people really think? Am I missing anything important? Whether you’re a veteran leader or brand new to having real hierarchy below you, these kinds of questions are likely to be on your mind often. The more removed from the day-to-day […]

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One on One Meetings: The Only Guide Managers Need [Free Template]

one on one meeting template - andy grove knows how valuable one on ones are.

One on one meetings, 1:1s, 1 2 1s, one on ones, 1 on 1s, check-ins. Whatever you call them, they’re one of the most powerful tools you have as a manager. Many managers have one on one meetings with their teams, but too often, they waste them. Status updates, awkward silences, and frequent cancellations are […]

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