“The difference between mere management and leadership is communication.” – Winston Churchill As Winston Churchill captures well, good communication is central to success as a leader. When your organization grows to have layers between you and other team members, the skip level meeting becomes one of your best tools for effective communication. We recently took […]
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Throughout the country and around the world, an unfortunate side effect of quarantine is hitting companies hard: major drops in revenue are forcing the difficult decision of layoffs and furloughs. According to a survey conducted by business research group, The Conference Board, more than half of US executives plan layoffs and furloughs due to the […]
How can I look good to my boss? How do I stay on the same page as them? What can I do to avoid unwanted surprises with my manager? And: What are the best approaches to managing up well? These are common questions mid-level leaders and individual contributors alike ask themselves, especially when they start […]
Ever worked with an unhappy manager? Seen them frazzled, frustrated, or run down? Chances are, their team felt the same way. There’s even a name for this: the Cascade Effect. According to Gallup’s “State of the American Manager” report “Employees’ engagement is directly influenced by their managers’ engagement — whose engagement is directly influenced by […]
“I’m leaving. My last day is next Friday.” I still remfember the surprise when one of my old coworkers announced that to the company. He was one of the longest-tenured members of the team and seemed content on the job. Little did I know he had a number of motivations for wanting to make a […]
What did you learn this year? What were your biggest challenges as a manager?
As we wrap up 2019, we take a look back at the posts that resonated most with managers like you.
Read on to find out what the most popular posts were, and you may find some great reading for during your holiday break and travels.
“Being a good coach is essential to being a good manager and leader. Coaching is no longer a specialty; you cannot be a good manager without being a good coach. The path to success in a fast-moving, highly competitive, technology-driven business world is to form high-performing teams and give them the resources and freedom to […]
What is the value in having regular one on ones? Are they useful for remote teams? And what can you do if you’re a remote employee who feels like your manager doesn’t really engage with you enough? What can you do jump-start your own one on ones and stay in the loop? Recently, I was […]
When something goes wrong, where do you look? If you’re a good manager, you start by looking in the mirror. You ask yourself how you contributed to the problem, no matter what. As a leader, you’re accountable for everything that happens with your team: This is an essential lesson for founders, as well as any […]
If you’ve ever had a frustrating boss, you know how true it is: People leave managers, not companies. … but that doesn’t mean the responsibility lies entirely on your boss to make you love your job. You play a part in managing the relationship between you and your manager. Put another way, this is what […]