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3 Leadership Stories to Help You be a Better Manager

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“Management isn’t some skill like drawing where you can just practice in isolation for hours and hours on end. You need to have the opportunity to be stretched in certain situations in order to learn and grow.“ – Julie Zhuo, Product Design VP at Facebook Learning leadership skills can be a steep challenge. Much of […]

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The Common Source of Your Organizational Problems

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“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

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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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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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5 Questions to ask an interviewer to ensure you work for a good manager

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“Ugh…I should have never taken this job.” No one wants that feeling, but it happens all too often. You had high hopes when you interviewed and then accepted your job, but now it’s proving to be miserable. When you take a job, you’re unfortunately locked in. While the company can generally fire or lay you […]

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How to make your Employee Performance Evaluations Awesome

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Everybody hates employee performance evaluations. If you’re in HR, you know how painful it is having to run them and collate the results. It can take months in a land of paper, pencil, and too many Word documents. If you’re a manager, you likely hate them as well.  They’re time consuming, hard to complete with […]

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