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

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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)

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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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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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The two words leaders should fear most that cause employee disengagement

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Learned helplessness. What comes to mind when you hear that phrase? Probably nothing good. The phrase comes from studies by psychology researcher Martin Seligman. His studies showed that animals (including humans) were susceptible to giving up all hope when put in an environment where negative outcomes were beyond their control. Electric shocks and losing hope. […]

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Questions to ask a CEO to ensure a healthy company culture

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“Do you have good, leading indicators of culture?” I was emailing with an investor recently discussing how so many have written about the value of culture, yet it often goes un-discussed by boards until there are Uber-level problems. They told me the only indicator they had was to watch for turnover. Unfortunately, by the time […]

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To be a Good Manager, Always Start with Yourself

John C Maxwell knows you need to embrace failing

There are many skills and concepts to master to be a good manager. Management is a career change, not just a promotion, after all.  It takes years to master many of them. However, there is one skill, one approach, that is the best place to start: Self-awareness. To be a Good Manager, Always Start with […]

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