How to Help Your Team Achieve Their Goals

Climb the mountain of people's goals

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” – Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric 1981-2001. One of the most powerful conversations you can have as a manager with a team member is about their goals. Not company KPIs, not […]

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Why You Want Your Employees to have Side Projects

side project late at night

If you’ve ever hired anyone, you know there’s a few key skills you’d like every candidate to have: experience at the key tasks of the job, an ability to learn and level up quickly, and efficient with their time. The vast majority of people that tend to check all those boxes have something in common: […]

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7 Essential Tips for Effective 1 on 1 Meetings with Your Manager

effective 1 on 1 meetings should not be as rare as an albino peacock

Effective 1 on 1 meetings can seem like an albino peacock at some companies: rarely seen, but potentially awesome. That’s not how it should be. 1 on 1 meetings should be something you look forward to. Done well, effective 1 on 1 meetings are an opportunity for: Feedback Coaching Rapport building And talking about all […]

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4 Types of Managers Employees Love to Work With

Balancing Accountability vs. Responsibility

Ever had a manager you knew you’d never forget? The kind that was– or is– so awesome, you count yourself lucky just to work with them? The kind of manager that helps make coming to work a meaningful, satisfying, and productive experience? We’ve talked a lot about the qualities of a good manager on the […]

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31 Questions to Ask Remote Employees to Better Support Them

High Output Management

Remote management is the same as managing people in an office with you, right? Not quite. According to Buffer’s State of Remote Work report, remote employees face many unique challenges: As a manager, it can be hard to understand what your remote workers are going through, especially if you’ve never worked remotely. This can make […]

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5 Ways to Give Effective Praise to Motivate Your Team

even spongebob knows praise matters.

Praise is one of the most powerful things a leader can offer their team. When delivered well (and well-deserved), praise gives people the drive and motivation to continue doing the caliber of work you want to see. This is why Mary Kay Ash, founder of the Mary Kay Cosmetics empire, remarked: The power of workplace […]

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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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