Working remote – pitfalls and opportunities

How do you avoid some of the classic mistakes of leading a remote team? COVID-19 is making us all learn how to do it on the fly. In this episode Michael and Chris discuss how you can avoid these mistakes and take advantage of the opportunity.

MARCH 20, 2020  |  32 MINUTES

How often should you have 1:1s?

In this episode, Britta, Michael and Chris talk about the “whys” of having a consistent 1:1 cadence, and how having them more frequently may help you develop a better relationship with your team members while ultimately saving time, too.

MARCH 10, 2020  | 37 MINUTES

Learning how to lead your team – sometimes the hard way

In this episode Chris chats with his friend Amy Baker, the principle and partner at Spry. Amy transparently shares the good and the bad of her leadership journey – from newbie in the creative world, to being a leader in a larger company typically dominated by men, and then onto life as an entrepreneur.

FEBRUARY 24, 2020  | 47 MINUTES

How to write a self-evaluation that will impress your boss

Michael Probert and Chris Zaugg sit down to talk about how to approach writing self-evaluations during performance reviews. Michael shares his experiences in the past and how vulnerability, self-reflection, and being specific are the key to a great self-eval.

JANUARY 7, 2020  | 30 MINUTES

Building an effective 1:1 meeting with your team

Building an effective 1:1 meeting is a collaborative effort. In this episode, Chris and Michael talk about ways to engage both managers and their teams in the process, so both get the benefit of a meaningful 1:1 that is both positive and constructive.

JANUARY 30, 2020  | 27 MINUTES

Start with the long-term in mind

In this episode we discuss the best ways to build trust when managing a new team. If you take a “there’s a new sheriff in town” position you might make some headway in the short term, but you need different strategies in the long-term.

JANUARY 2, 2020  | 15 MINUTES

Clarifying expectations before it’s a problem

In this episode we discuss “The Illusion of Understanding”. “Does that make sense?” is often answered with a “Yep” even if there is very little understanding between two people, and it can submarine your best efforts to succeed in your business. Learn how to collaborate with your team to make sure expectations are crystal-clear.

JANUARY 2, 2020  | 17 MINUTES

How trust and truth build a great team

Do you want to build a great team? In this episode Chris talks with Erik Johnson, the CFO of the Americas for Boardriders, Inc. talks about his journey to leadership, and how trust and truth are the key elements of building a great team.

JANUARY 2, 2020  | 27 MINUTES

Serving your team by allowing flexibility

Should employees be allowed to work off-site even if the long term policy of a company has been “8-5 at your desk”?  Is an off-site employee working, or manipulating the system? The Uptick team explores the issues of productivity, transparency and most importantly, trust where it relates to flexibility in the workplace.

JANUARY 2, 2020  | 44 MINUTES

Meet the Hosts


Chris Zaugg

Founder and President  |  Uptick


Michael Probert

Founder and Growth  |  Uptick

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