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How to manage up effectively

How to manage up effectively

5 not-so-often-shared ways to manage up and have a better relationship with your boss. ...
How to run a successful team retreat

How to run a successful team retreat

The 4 essential elements to include in your team retreat – and the exact 3-day team retreat agenda we held for Know Your Team. This ...
After 5 years of bootstrapping a profitable business with 15,000+ users, we raised $500,000 with Indie.vc. Here’s why.

After 5 years of bootstrapping a profitable business with 15,000+ users, we raised $500,000 with Indie.vc. Here’s why.

We’ve been profitable since Month 1 and never raised any money – until a few months ago. Raising money for the first time in 5 ...
The 9 best interview questions to ask according to 1,000+ managers

The 9 best interview questions to ask according to 1,000+ managers

The question, “What are the best interview questions to ask?” was recently discussed in The Watercooler, our online community ...
How to build social connection in a remote team

How to build social connection in a remote team

Virtual team building is tough. Here are 7 ways you can build social connection in a remote team, even from afar. I’ll be shocked ...
OKR: Should you use them for setting goals?

OKR: Should you use them for setting goals?

The upsides, downsides, and everything in between, to consider around using OKRs to set goals as a manager. I remember the first time I ...
How to share your company vision as a leader

How to share your company vision as a leader

The #1 piece of information you should be focused on as a leader is sharing company vision. Here’s exactly how to do it. “Company ...
Should you do performance reviews?

Should you do performance reviews?

Based on input from 1,000+ managers in our Watercooler online leadership community, here’s what to consider if you’re ...
What to put on your team meeting agenda

What to put on your team meeting agenda

Here’s the #1 thing your team meeting should be focused on – and exactly how you should structure your team meeting agenda. &; ...
What should you ask a new employee in a first one-on-one meeting?

What should you ask a new employee in a first one-on-one meeting?

You’ve got your first one-on-one meeting with a new employee scheduled. Here are the 15 questions you should put on the one-on-one ...
How to onboard a new hire

How to onboard a new hire

Recently I hired someone new here at Know Your Team. Here’s exactly what I wrote on Day 1 and the 23 questions I asked as a part of ...
What great managers do: Prune

What great managers do: Prune

Being a great manager and English gardening have more in common than you might imagine. If you want to improve your leadership skills, ...
The 32 best employee engagement questions with the highest response rates

The 32 best employee engagement questions with the highest response rates

If you’re looking for the best employee engagement survey questions, these 32 questions have the highest response rates in Know ...
Am I micromanaging my team?

Am I micromanaging my team?

Here are the 5 most telling signs of micromanagement – and what you can do instead. I won’t tell anyone:  You think you might be ...
Managing managers: How’s it different?

Managing managers: How’s it different?

Six things to consider when managing managers instead of individual contributors. “What’s the biggest difference between managing ...
The hardest leadership advice to follow: “Work on the business and not in the business”

The hardest leadership advice to follow: “Work on the business and not in the business”

We all know we’re supposed to “work on the business and not in the business” as a leader but what holds us back? And, ...
A different kind of new manager checklist: The 4 essential questions to ask yourself as a leader

A different kind of new manager checklist: The 4 essential questions to ask yourself as a leader

Instead of promising you quick ‘n easy answers, this new manager checklist probes deeper with 4 questions to help you become better ...
Daily stand-up meeting, weekly staff meeting – or no meeting?

Daily stand-up meeting, weekly staff meeting – or no meeting?

Best practices from 1,000+ managers on how to share progress with your team as a leader. ...
Your leadership weakness is being “too controlling.” What to do?

Your leadership weakness is being “too controlling.” What to do?

17 phrases and suggestions to avoid the common leadership weakness of coming across as too controlling as a manager. Recently, a manager ...
The value of conflicting advice:  How great leaders think

The value of conflicting advice: How great leaders think

Here’s one way to create more mental wriggle room for yourself in tough situations as a leader. Before you figure out what to do, ...
Do I truly want to become a manager?

Do I truly want to become a manager?

We don’t ask ourselves this enough. Here are 6 critical questions to reflect on when considering if you should become a manager or not. ...
Don’t solve problems if you want to be a great manager.

Don’t solve problems if you want to be a great manager.

What makes a great manager isn\'t the problems they solve, but the questions they ask. Start with these 16 questions here. ...
Announcing: Our Manager Workshop

Announcing: Our Manager Workshop

Attend our in-person leadership training and manager workshop to get better as a leader, faster. ...
Want to be a better manager? Work as a restaurant hostess.

Want to be a better manager? Work as a restaurant hostess.

The 6 indispensable leadership lessons I learned working as a restaurant hostess. ...
7 things to consider when using a performance improvement plan (PIP)

7 things to consider when using a performance improvement plan (PIP)

Coaching an underperforming employee? Here are 7 things to consider if, when, and how to use a performance improvement plan. ...
Is a CEO is worth working for? 4 questions to ask a prospective boss

Is a CEO is worth working for? 4 questions to ask a prospective boss

If you’re looking to leave your company to work for another, you’ll want to consider this. Recently, someone asked me for advice ...
The Anti-Mentor:  How a bad boss influences our leadership style

The Anti-Mentor: How a bad boss influences our leadership style

Having a bad boss shapes our leadership style more than we realize – for better and for worse. Who’s the worst boss you ever had? ...
How transparent should you be as a leader?

How transparent should you be as a leader?

Two things I’ve found helpful to consider when trying to decide what to be transparent about with my team – and what to keep to  ...
New! The Heartbeat Podcast about leadership and its 31 best management quotes

New! The Heartbeat Podcast about leadership and its 31 best management quotes

Listen to our leadership lessons now on iTunes, Spotify, and read the best management quotes from 31 leaders from each episode, so far.&# ...
The 5 bottom-line benefits of building trust in the workplace

The 5 bottom-line benefits of building trust in the workplace

Building trust in our team is more than a “feel-good” thing – here’s the data that show how trust affects our team& ...
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