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  • How to Have Productive 1-on-1 Meetings

    How to Have Productive 1-on-1 Meetings

    tl;dr - Gather additional feedback privately, understand your employee’s challenges, and help them grow professionally through 1-on-1 meetings. By hosting regular 1-on-1s, you encourage your team’s engagement and productivity. It’s pretty well understood that 1-on-1 meetings are important to have with your team. But why... Read more >

  • 18 Blogs, Books, and Podcasts For New Managers

    18 Blogs, Books, and Podcasts For New Managers

    Becoming a manager is one of the hardest transitions to make. Some people have a natural knack for it, but most of us have to learn our way through it by trial and error. That or get advice from people who have been there. Lucky... Read more >

  • Rock Stars vs. Superstars

    Rock Stars vs. Superstars

    tl;dr - You need a good mix of growth trajectory and ambition in your team. Keep the reliable rock stars on your team happy by offering them the same pay and respect given the fast-growing superstars offered more responsibility and promotions. According to Kim Scott,... Read more >

  • Grassroots Process

    Grassroots Process

    tl;dr- Avoid creating processes, especially ones that only serve management. When it is absolutely required, rely on people close to the work to propose and design it. The longer you can hold off, the faster your team will be, especially over the long run. As... Read more >

  • How To Fix a Broken Team

    How To Fix a Broken Team

    tl;dr - If your team is broken, it’s (mostly) your fault. Take a deep breath, figure out the issues, and develop plans to solve them with help from your team. It’s not too late. People are checked out. Projects are slipping. High performers are leaving... Read more >

  • People and places, not time zones and offsets

    People and places, not time zones and offsets

    Do you work in a command control center with a bank of analog clocks covering the south wall, each with an official looking placard designating which far-flung city it’s assigned to? Neither do I. But I still need the data, and most likely you do too,... Read more >

  • Top 8 Strategies to Refocus Your Team

    Top 8 Strategies to Refocus Your Team

    Is your team losing focus? Scope creep, unavoidable setbacks, personnel changes, and general burnout can slow productivity to a grinding halt or, worse, derail your team altogether. As a manager, it’s not enough to manage the project, you must also manage your team members. How... Read more >

  • Secrets for Creating a Positive, Engaged Work Culture

    Secrets for Creating a Positive, Engaged Work Culture

    Uh oh, sounds like somebody’s got a case of the Mondays. Remember that line from the iconic movie Office Space? This should jog your memory or maybe even introduce you to one of the greatest movies ever created. Okay, enough of my gushing. If you... Read more >

  • The Ultimate Guide to Managing Remote Teams

    Welcome to the 21st century, where a growing population of workers are location independent and tethered only to the Internet. Commutes, cubicles, broken copier machines, and red staplers are becoming a thing of the past. But what happens when you’re in charge of managing a... Read more >