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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Manager’s Guide: How to start one on ones with your team

The best time to start a one on one is in the past, the best time to start one on ones is now.

What’s true for trees is also true for starting one on ones.  If you aren’t having one on ones with your team, you’re missing out on an incredible motivating, problem solving, pressure relieving opportunity to help and grow your team.  But even if you’re totally bought into starting them, it can be intimidating to actually […]

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10 Myths About One on One Meetings

One on one meetings have many myths we dispel

While many leaders like Andy Grove of Intel, Ben Horowitz of A16Z, and Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman swear by one on one meetings, there are many managers and leaders that doubt their importance and choose not to have them. A big part of this doubt is often due to bad experiences they’ve had with one […]

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The Secret to Long Term Happiness for Your Team

Even older team members have personal goals

As a manager, you have direct control over the happiness and well-being of your team. Sometimes that means rewarding your best people. Other times it’s fixing problems. Or, it can be protecting your team from distraction, annoyance, or corporate BS. While dealing with all of that day to day, week to week, and month to […]

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3 Books Every Manager Should Read

Get Lighthouse - How to Become a Manager

Whether you’re looking for a great holiday gift for a new manager in your life, or just want to help yourself become a better leader, books are a great source of learning. I’ve read a lot and these are all timeless classic that came highly recommended. These books compliment one another by covering key areas […]

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