How to Help Your Team Achieve Their Goals

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“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

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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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5 Ways to Give Effective Praise to Motivate Your Team

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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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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

1-on-1 Development Map: How to Evolve Your 1-on-1s Over Time for Maximum Value

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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