How Cultural Change Helped Theo Epstein end a 100 year Curse

culture transformation led to the cubs world series win

The Chicago Cubs were “the Lovable Losers” of Major League Baseball. For over a century, the Cubs failed to win a World Series Championship year after year after year. The team was plagued by bad trades and consistent losses. Even notable players like Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, and legendary slugger Sammy Sosa couldn’t save […]

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How Great Leaders Develop Mental Toughness to Thrive

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Viktor Frankl was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist. He was also a Holocaust survivor. In 1945, he, his wife, and his parents were sent to the Theresienstadt Ghetto in Czechoslovakia. As Frankl was transferred to a variety of concentration camps, he and his family became separated. Tragically, they all perished, while Frankl was saved by Allied forces in […]

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What to do When Your Employees Ask for a Raise

ask for a raise here's what to do

It’s mid afternoon. Thomas walks up to you and says, “Can we talk for a minute?” Surprised, you invite them in to talk. Your mind starts running through the possible things they could want to discuss. You hope it’s just an innocent question as you have that meeting in 15 minutes. As your mind races, […]

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What’s the Secret Habit of High Performing Leaders?

high performing leaders invest in themselves like Lebron does

When you hear “Lebron James,” you think superstar athlete. But, how about high performing leader? Rarely do people make the connection between James and big tech CEOs like Jeff Bezos and Brian Chesky. However, Fortune Magazine highlighted all of these men in their 2017’s World’s Greatest Leaders list. The magazine realized that they shared a common trait: […]

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Advice for Managing Up at Work from Experienced Leaders

managing up is a key skill to succeed

How do I look good to my boss? How do I stay on the same page as them? What do I do to avoid unwanted surprises with my manager? What are the best approaches to managing up well? These are common questions mid level leaders and individual contributors alike ask themselves when they start working […]

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Become an Effective Leader by Mastering this One Skill…

emotional intelligence and being an effective leader means avoiding narcissism

 What makes an effective leader? Typical answers include: a high IQ, a “hustle” attitude, and a big personality. But today, many experts are embracing another answer: high emotional intelligence. The concept of emotional intelligence or the emotional quotient (EQ) is relatively new. But, it’s the skill separating an average manager from an effective leader that […]

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The Key Interview Tactic that will Help You Hire Great Employees

find great candidates with this interview tactic

“Hire slow, fire fast.” If you’ve read anything on hiring, you’ve probably heard that mantra. It’s one of those sayings that gets injected into most hiring process conversations at some point. Whether you agree with it, or despise it, you’re still left with the same question: how do I make better hiring decisions? What interview […]

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Lighthouse Links: How to Be a Great Leader Starting Today

 “Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.” – Warren Buffett, billionaire and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Learning how to be a great leader is a never ending journey. Good leaders are constantly […]

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The Lighthouse Posts You Learned the Most from in 2017

top posts of 2017 on the get lighthouse blog

What are managers and leaders like you most interested in learning about? What topics should you not miss as you start the New Year off on the right foot? We write about what leaders like you tell us you’re looking for help with. Nearly 90% of all posts we write come directly from emails or comments from […]

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