Lessons from the Leadership Trenches: Zac Cramer of IT Assurance

Some lessons are learned in a classroom. Others, you learn from a book. And some of the hardest lessons come from the school of experience. Zac Cramer is an entrepreneur like many of the readers of the Lighthouse blog. By chance, he and I had a conversation about how his business is doing and some […]

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One on One Meeting Questions Great Managers Ask Their Teams

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One on one meetings are a cornerstone to any effective manager <-> team member relationship from small startups to giant companies. What you talk about, and the one on one meeting questions you ask, make all the difference in the performance of your team. It’s why Andy Grove, legendary founder of Intel and author of […]

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How to Improve Your Emotional Intelligence to Become a Better Leader

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What separates a good leader from a great one? According to psychologist Daniel Goleman, it’s emotional intelligence. “IQ and technical skills matter…they are crucial threshold abilities, what you need to get the job done. But everyone you compete with at work has those same skill sets.” According to Goleman, you need to stand out and […]

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The One Simple Secret to Motivating Your Team

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Giving effective praise is one of the most underrated, yet crucial, parts of managing a team. It can dramatically change how your team members feel and the caliber of work they produce. Research reported on Harvard Business Review shows that teams that are praised most outperformed those praised less across key criteria like financial performance, […]

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How to Build Rapport with Your Remote Team Members

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Could remote work become the norm? That might sound crazy, but the data says otherwise. A 2018 report by Global Workplace Analytics found that the remote workforce “has grown by 140% since 2005.” That’s almost 10x faster growth than the rest of the U.S. workforce. And a study by social media tool Buffer found that […]

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Essential Tips for for Managing Generational Differences in the Workplace

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For the first time in modern U.S. history, leaders have to manage an incredible four generations: Baby boomers: 1946-1964, ages 55-73 Generation X: 1965-1983, ages 36-54 Generation Y / Millennials: 1984-1996, ages 23-35 Generation Z / Gen 2020: 1997-mid-2000s, ages mid-teens-22 And, if you include Traditionalists (or The Silent Generation), there aren’t four, but five […]

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8 Ways to Address Your Workplace Stress You Can Start Today

Stress is something we all face every day. Whether the source is at home or at work, with your team, or your own tasks, it’s easy to get the best of you. Workplace stress in particular can be tough. There’s things we all deal with that are beyond our control that can make work harder […]

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