How to Be a Better Leader in 2016

be a better leader and learn rhythm like marissa meyer suggests

New Year’s Resolutions are overrated. For a lot of reasons that research has validated, and surveys support, they tend to fail to deliver the results we hope for. fAre we doomed to never change then? No. Instead, focus on one small change you can make today, and watch as that impact reverberates through the rest […]

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Why Your Open Door Policy Fails and What To Do Instead

Ed Catmull learned an open door policy didn't work

“Do you have a minute?” This is the dreaded question that can leave you as a manager paralyzed with a difficult choice: you either can’t finish focusing on what you were working on (or about to run to), or you end up shutting down whatever important thing is on the mind of your team member. […]

Ed Catmull learned an open door policy didn't work
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How to take notes in your one on ones in any situation

One on ones are a unique, individual meeting. Depending on the situation, how to take notes the best way can vary. Managing is not one-size-fits-all. You need to adapt to not just your team and culture, but what fits each person. It’s why understanding Task Relevant Maturity is so important. But it doesn’t stop there. […]

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Why You Should Build Rapport with Everyone You Manage

Build rapport by showing you care about your people according to camille fournier

If your team is shipping, hitting their numbers, or otherwise executing as needed for the business, your work is done as a manager, right? Maybe not. If you want to retain your team over the long term and take advantage of motivators that last, then there’s more to the job of leading your team. One […]

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3 Simple Secrets to Motivating Employees You Can Do Today

Mary Kay Ash knew motivating employees meant giving praise

“Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.” – Dwight Eisenhower, 5 Star General in the US Army in WWII and 34th US President “The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that […]

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5 Ways to Improve the Employee Performance Review

Employee Performance Review - Good managers communicate verbally according to Paul English of Kayak

With the end of the year fast approaching, many companies will be starting their employee performance review processes. Often, this will mark a moment of dread and discontent, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There are many reasons the employee performance review is not a time that anyone looks forward to. If you’re […]

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The Most Important Management Concept You’re Missing: Task Relevant Maturity

Management Concept - you can't manage one size fits all

Task Relevant Maturity. Is there a less sexy, technical-sounding phrase for managers? Probably not. Yet, whether you work at a 100,000 employee juggernaut, or a hot startup with a mostly flat organization, you need to add this management concept (and those 3 letters: TRM) to your leadership approach. Otherwise, you may end up like this: […]

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The Unfiltered Truth About Creating Great Corporate Culture

Corporate Culture according to Dilbert

Corporate Culture is a topic filled with feel good, fluffy ideas and a lot of empty promises. Everyone strives for it, but it’s rare to deliver well on it. It feels like it’s even rarer to find good, helpful, actionable content on it. That’s why I’m excited to have Lighthouse friend and author of the […]

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What to Do When You Start Managing Former Peers

managing former peers means elephants in the room

It’s a common scenario: The company you work at is growing. Suddenly, a new layer of management is created, and thus a new role opens up. Leadership in the company wants to promote internally, so you and a number of your peers apply. Only one person can get the job and now that you have […]

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