How Managers Can Win Big by Thinking Small

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Reading Time: 5 minutes When it comes to motivating a team, managers can choose from a wide range of philosophies to follow and leaders to emulate. Jeff Bezos famously instructed his employees to “wake up every morning terrified.” Steve Jobs believed in the power of grand narratives to inspire his team. Of course, there’s a time and a place […]

One change you need to make in your team management skills

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Reading Time: 5 minutes If you’ve been a manager for any length of time, you’ve seen your team members have up days and down days. After all, real life is dynamic. You’ve also observed that your team’s productivity and emotions aren’t always trending up and to the right. But what happens when your team’s struggle seems to be worsening […]

How to Create Buy In For One-on-Ones with Your Team

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Reading Time: 7 minutes I’ll bet you’ve experienced it, too. It seemed as if every few years a new leader would come along saying, “I really care about you. I’m going to work with you to make this a great place to work!” They probably meant well, but in the end the “tyranny of the urgent” drowned out their […]

4 Tips for Building an Effective One-on-one Meeting Agenda

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Reading Time: 3 minutes So you’ve decided to start doing one-on-one meetings with your team. Great! But before you dive in, it pays to look at the bigger picture so you can make your one-on-ones worthwhile. Just like a good conversation, the best one-on-one meetings are a collaborative effort and go beneath the surface. It’s far too easy to […]

How weekly check-ins can change your company culture

Reading Time: 3 minutes Welcome to part 4 of our “Training a New Manager” series. I’ve been a managing people for a long time, and when one of my guys asked me some questions about where to start, we began the email trail you see here.  (This is part one of what will be several more!) We decided to publish it […]

How I confidently gave performance reviews after having Hepatitis A

Reading Time: 4 minutes By the middle of the second week of having Hepatitis A I started to get concerned. I had gone in for a round of bloodwork the week before (feeling very ill at the time), and the doctor was looking at a liver marker to understand the severity of my case. It came back at 250 […]

3 Key Reasons Why You Should Have One-on-One Meetings

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Reading Time: 5 minutes I’m sure you know people who have one-on-one meetings with their boss or with their team – maybe you have them yourself. Chances are you’ve heard some people talk about how much they’re a “time suck.” Sure, some folks have had a good experience, but most will tell you one-on-ones are not worth their time. […]

4 reasons to have meaningful meetings—if you have to!

Reading Time: 3 minutes Welcome to part 2 of our “Training a New Manager” series. I’ve been a managing people for a long time, and when one of my guys asked me some questions about where to start, we began the email trail you see here.  (This is part one of what will be several more!) We decided to […]

3 reasons to avoid stand-ups and recurring meetings when you can!

Reading Time: 4 minutes Welcome to part 3 of our “Training a New Manager” series. I’ve been a managing people for a long time, and when one of my guys asked me some questions about where to start, we began the email trail you see here.  (This is part one of what will be several more!) We decided to publish it […]