Why Quarterly Check-ins Don’t Cut it and Contribute to Turnover

use the progress principle to make your check-ins great

“I’m giving my two weeks notice. I’ve taken another job.” My friend had just blindsided her manager by telling him she was leaving. The manager never saw it coming. My friend seemed happy. She was friends with many of her coworkers, and seemed to enjoy her work. Yet, under the surface, problems were brewing. There […]

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5 Reasons Good People Become Bad Bosses

bad bosses use a stick but shouldn't according to president dwight eisenhower

Why are there so many bad bosses? Gallup research reveals that over 50% of Americans have quit a job to get away from their manager.  Meanwhile, overall employee engagement has been stuck for years around a meager 30%: Further, their research shows that managers, “account for at least 70% of the variance in employee engagement.” […]

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How Employees Can Drive Their Own Career Growth

Questions to Ask in One on Ones with a Manager

You’re not alone. It’s not just you. The leading benefit that Millennials (and many others at work) want in a job is the opportunity for career growth and development. Studies by PwC: and Deloitte agree: Career growth and development are some of the top things people look for in jobs. Yet, most aren’t growing. Unfortunately, […]

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Why is everyone afraid at work? (and what to do about it)

afraid at work: managers are afraid to communicate based on interact's survey

It would be nice if everything at work was smooth sailing, butterflies and rainbows, with everyone working in perfect unison. But we know that’s not the case. Work is messy. Being a great company, or team, takes effort. And often, it requires a willingness to push through awkward moments and take on uncomfortable situations. Unfortunately, […]

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Employee Development: How to grow your employees when you can’t promote them

How to Help Your Team Achieve Their Goals

Everywhere we look, work place research and leaders seem to be talking about how much employee development is valued by workers, and especially Millennials. Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends 2015 found it was the top work benefit valued by Millennials: Deloitte’s 2016 study of Millennials also found growth and development were top reasons to join a […]

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How great leaders get out of management debt and stay that way

As leaders, we are always in management debt. Every decision we make has first and second order effects, many unintended. Unfortunately, many companies that falter are paved with good intentions that didn’t go as planned. The only way to combat this is to have the management debt mindset: The Management Debt Mindset: There are always […]

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Key Takeaways from the Deloitte Survey of Millennials

deloitte survey - 1 in 4 millennials will quit their jobs in the next year

A few times a year Deloitte and Gallup release studies that help reveal trends in the workplace. They can help us all be better leaders, and understand trends that we normally would not have a high level view of. Few, if any, individual organizations have the resources, data sets, and commitment to gather statistically significant […]

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Do you have the management debt mindset?

Once your team or your company grows to have even a little complexity, you’ll notice problems begin to emerge. Often, they start out innocent. A small disagreement here, some unnecessary inefficiency there. Over time, every problem either becomes bigger, or is addressed. Ignoring it only puts off dealing with it until later, when it’s more […]

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5 Common Mistakes Managers Make with Remote Workers

Remote Workers deserve attention and input that leads to buy in as well

While some companies like Yahoo and Reddit have banned remote work, many other companies are embracing having remote workers due to a variety of benefits. Unfortunately, as this becomes more common, it also presents a series of challenges, especially for managers. Managing remote workers is not the same as managing someone who is in the […]

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5 Awesome Ways to Give Feedback to Your Team

motivating employees means giving feedback like Ken Blanchard suggests

If you want your team to perform well, you have to give feedback to them regularly. If they don’t know your standards or expectations, it’s very unlikely they’ll meet them consistently. Unfortunately, the most common way managers give feedback is the sh*t sandwich.  Before you give the critical feedback, you open with something positive about […]

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