6 Facts About Managers You Need to Know to Better Work with Yours

facts about managers - walk a mile in their shoes have some empathy

“Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them, and you have their shoes.” – Jack Handey Most people have strong feelings about their managers. You either love working for them, or you find aspects of them very difficult. […]

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The Common Source of Your Organizational Problems

organizational problems are caused by managers that are like the problem under the iceberg water line

“Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else.” – David Foster Wallace Most companies have some key characteristics that make them believe they’re different: a combination of their business model, mission, product, and other factors. But when you look inside these companies, quite a bit […]

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When to Quit Your Job, if You’re a Leader (and how to exit well)

“I’m a mid-level leader at my company and really unhappy. How do you know when to quit your job, when so many others depend on you?” That’s not an easy question, but it’s one of many we’ve heard before. In the process of growing Lighthouse and writing this blog, we have talked to a lot […]

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5 Key Lessons from Camille Fournier in The Manager’s Path

camille fournier the manager's path

Camille Fournier has a new book out all about how to be a great technical leader called, The Manager’s Path. It’s a great look at what you need to think about at every step in your career from first job to CTO of a growing organization. Similar to John Wooden’s book we recently highlighted takeaways […]

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Why Employees Leave Managers, not Companies (and what to do about it)

employees leave managers, not companies

Remember the classic book on relationships, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus? Might it be time to write a similar volume about managers and employees? Managers are from…Mars? Consider this: 53% of employees believe “inadequate staffing” is the major driver of stress at work, but only 15% of managers believe that. Meanwhile, 33% […]

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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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The 9 Worst Pieces of Advice for 1:1s (and what to do instead)

1:1s are great only if you follow the right advice

1:1s are an essential habit for high performing teams.  Many great leaders and companies swear by them. However, just because you’re meeting with your team 1:1 does not guarantee great results. You have to make the most of the time, and avoid the many pitfalls you can fall into in them. Not all advice is […]

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7 John Wooden Quotes on Leadership to Make You a Better Manager

John Wooden is one of the greatest coaches of all time. He led his UCLA men’s basketball team to a stunning 10 NCAA Championships in 12 years. Over the years, he’s shared his leadership lessons in a variety of books, including one I recently read: Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off […]

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The most important skill you’re not interviewing for (and how to look for it)

Grit is something Will Smith knows a lot about

What’s the most important thing to look for when interviewing a candidate: Prior roles? Skills and qualifications? Reputation and past experience? What if there was another skill that was more likely to predict someone’s success, whether in the workplace, school, or any challenging environment? There is one such skill: Grit. Grit: The key to your […]

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