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LATEST EPISODE

How to ask questions you would never (or could never) ask

How do we move away from mundane, boring and unproductive one-on-ones to having dynamic, meaningful conversations? In this episode Chris explains the steps to have conversations you might never have imagined with your team members.
Share what you can when you can with who you can
How much should I share with my team when speculative conversations are happening “behind the scenes”? In this episode, Michael and Chris discuss what, when and with whom you can share important issues while they’re still in process.
It’s tempting to hire someone like me
We’ve been looking to hire some new people at Uptick, and we realized it’s easy to look for people we can easily relate to – people like….us! In this episode Michael and Chris talk about how that to build an effective team, we need people with a multitude of gifts, abilities and personality types to round things out.
People are smart. Be honest.
Sometimes managers feel like they’re actually helping their team members by keeping them from the raw truth. But people are smart, and they often figure it out anyway! Chris and Michael discuss how the truth is best coming straight from your mouth, and how being honest with your team builds trust.
Managing morale through missed deadlines
Most of us know what it’s like to have an important project with pre-determined deadlines. What happens to your team’s morale when those deadlines are missed, or extended over and over? In this episode, Michael and Chris discuss the delicate dance managers do to keep the fire alive and morale high when moving project deadlines.
Giving, not getting, is the key to your team’s success
Many management blogs talk about “getting more from your team”, but is that the right way to think about it. In this episode Michael and Chris discuss how giving TO your team, not getting FROM your team, is a more effective way to prepare your team for success.

Meet the Hosts

Chris Zaugg

Chris Zaugg

Founder and President at Uptick
@chriszaugg

Michael Probert

Michael Probert

Founder and Growth at Uptick
@jmichaelprobert