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Watch our lessons for leaders: The Heartbeat Interview ❤️ with Desiree Vargas Wrigley, Founder +…

Watch our lessons for leaders: The Heartbeat Interview ❤️ with Desiree Vargas Wrigley, Founder +…

As a second-time founder who’s scaled a business to $5MM+ annual revenue and appeared on SharkTank (getting an offer from Mark Cuban ...
Managing disagreements: How to handle diverging points-of-view with your boss

Managing disagreements: How to handle diverging points-of-view with your boss

Six leadership tips on what to do when you disagree with your boss (or another senior leader at the company) It’s inevitable: You’re ...
Feeling “off”? How to be a good manager when you just don’t feel like being one

Feeling “off”? How to be a good manager when you just don’t feel like being one

If you’re struggling to stay engaged as a leader lately, here are some leadership tips to pull you out of the slump. Some days, being a ...
The surest sign of a bad boss? You don’t listen.

The surest sign of a bad boss? You don’t listen.

You’re likely making these 4 leadership mistakes as a leader. Here’s what to do instead to become a better listener. You’re not ...
8 ways to avoid your opinion swaying your team too much as “The Boss”

8 ways to avoid your opinion swaying your team too much as “The Boss”

A good manager knows their opinion can influence their team sometimes TOO much. Here’s how to compensate for that. When you’re a ...
From The Heart(beat) ❤️: Leadership lessons I wished I’d learned earlier

From The Heart(beat) ❤️: Leadership lessons I wished I’d learned earlier

Here are a few of my favorite leadership tips from CEOs, founders and executives featured recently in our Heartbeat interviews. Every two ...
11 must-read books for new managers

11 must-read books for new managers

New to the whole “manager” thing? Get your feet wet by checking out these 11 most-recommended leadership books. Congratulations on ...
4 non-cringeworthy team-bonding events that people actually enjoy

4 non-cringeworthy team-bonding events that people actually enjoy

Here’s what 1,000 managers in The Watercooler said their employees enjoyed most as a team-building activity. Team bonding — known ...
How to prepare for a one-on-one meeting as a manager

How to prepare for a one-on-one meeting as a manager

The 4 things you should do to make the most out of your next one-on-one meeting. You’re not prepared. Or at least that’s what ...
The leadership mistake you’re likely making? Being nice.

The leadership mistake you’re likely making? Being nice.

Why being nice as a leader backfires — and what to do instead. Leaders, stop being so nice all the time. I don’t mean to ...
Stop asking these 4 questions during your one-on-one meetings

Stop asking these 4 questions during your one-on-one meetings

If you’re wondering why your one-on-one meetings tend to feel unfruitful, these questions might be the culprit. Looking at the ...
Managers: Want the truth? Recognize the employee who tells it.

Managers: Want the truth? Recognize the employee who tells it.

The best managers encourage their team to tell the truth by recognizing the employees who voice it. “Employee recognition” is all ...
14 questions to ask an underperforming employee during a one-on-one meeting

14 questions to ask an underperforming employee during a one-on-one meeting

When an employee is struggling, here’s what the best managers do. Someone’s slipping. You see it. You feel it. You’re not on ...
12 signs you’re becoming the bad boss you always dreaded

12 signs you’re becoming the bad boss you always dreaded

How to know when you’re no longer being a good manager No one sets out to become a bad boss. Yet, slowly but surely, it’s easy to ...
The 3 best uses of an effective leader’s time

The 3 best uses of an effective leader’s time

What makes a good leader? Look at how you spend your time. Time is the one constant we are all given. No one gets more or less of it than ...
The 2 things that hold employees back from giving honest feedback at work

The 2 things that hold employees back from giving honest feedback at work

Why we don’t get honest feedback as leaders, even when we ask for it. As a CEO or manager, it can feel utterly maddening to have ...
Watch our lessons for leaders: The Heartbeat Interview ❤️ with Kathryn Minshew, Founder + CEO of…

Watch our lessons for leaders: The Heartbeat Interview ❤️ with Kathryn Minshew, Founder + CEO of…

As the founder + CEO of a company serving over 75 million people worldwide, Kathryn shares her biggest leadership lessons around trusting ...
How to become a bad boss: Make the little trade-offs.

How to become a bad boss: Make the little trade-offs.

Here’s why it’s so easy to become a bad manager, even when you don’t mean to be. I was running a leadership training a few months ...
The leadership tip we overlook: Knock out the small stuff

The leadership tip we overlook: Knock out the small stuff

How the smallest action as a leader can have the biggest impact on employee morale and job satisfaction. “I had no idea it mattered so ...
How to deliver negative feedback well: The 4 things that good managers do (that bad managers…

How to deliver negative feedback well: The 4 things that good managers do (that bad managers…

A simple framework to help give tough feedback to a coworker. The most common question I get asked by a manager who doesn’t want to ...
New managers, here’s how to run your first team meeting

New managers, here’s how to run your first team meeting

How to approach your first meeting as a new manager (it doesn’t have to be as daunting as it feels!) It happened: You’re a new ...
Our most underrated leadership tool: Specific questions.

Our most underrated leadership tool: Specific questions.

Of all the tools for effective leadership we think we need — a good system for tracking progress, or clear metrics around ...
Announcing: A Guide to Sharing Info in Teams for Managers and Employees 📝

Announcing: A Guide to Sharing Info in Teams for Managers and Employees 📝

From data of 15,000+ people, and studies over the past few decades, I pulled together best practices for sharing info (e.g., decisions, ...
Watch our lessons for leaders: The Heartbeat Interview ❤️ with Peldi Guilizzoni, Founder + CEO of…

Watch our lessons for leaders: The Heartbeat Interview ❤️ with Peldi Guilizzoni, Founder + CEO of…

As the founder of a 10-year old $6.3+MM bootstrapped company, Peldi talk about how your greatest strength can be your greatest weakness as ...
Five ways to receive critical feedback well — and not get defensive.

Five ways to receive critical feedback well — and not get defensive.

Your reaction sets the tone in your company. Don’t blow it by blowing up when you receive negative feedback from your team. ...
Announcing: A Guide to Building Trust in Teams for Managers and Employees 💪

Announcing: A Guide to Building Trust in Teams for Managers and Employees 💪

From data of 597 people and distilling 50 years worth of research, I wrote a practical guide for building trust in teams. Dear manager or ...
What I’ve been reading lately: 6 books for managers I recommend

What I’ve been reading lately: 6 books for managers I recommend

If you’re a manager and looking for something new to read, here are a handful of books I enjoyed this past summer. I don’t like ...
Hiring someone new? 29 questions to ask during a reference call

Hiring someone new? 29 questions to ask during a reference call

As a manager, here’s how to make the most of your 15-minute call with a candidate’s reference. I remember the first time I hired ...
The 3 employee benefits that have the biggest impact on team morale at work

The 3 employee benefits that have the biggest impact on team morale at work

Part of being a good leader is knowing which employee benefits to offer. According to 1,000 leaders in The Watercooler, these 3 make the ...
Watch our lessons for leaders: The Heartbeat Interview ❤️ with Ryan Carson, Founder + CEO of…

Watch our lessons for leaders: The Heartbeat Interview ❤️ with Ryan Carson, Founder + CEO of…

As the founder of a company that’s helped 850,000 people learn to code, Ryan talks about the value of trust as a leader — and how ...