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Stop trying to find a mentor

Stop trying to find a mentor

Finding a mentor won’t save you, as a new manager. But, something else might. “The key to becoming a better leader is to go ...
The 3 lessons on leadership I’ve learned from 1,000+ managers in the past few months

The 3 lessons on leadership I’ve learned from 1,000+ managers in the past few months

From our 1,000+ managers all over the world in our Watercooler community, here are the 3 most helpful lessons on leadership that I’ve ...
The 5 mistakes you’re likely making in your one-on-one meetings with direct reports

The 5 mistakes you’re likely making in your one-on-one meetings with direct reports

Don’t waste your time. Make sure you’re getting the most out of your one-on-one meetings with your direct reports.  You’ ...
4 essential self-management skills to develop within your team

4 essential self-management skills to develop within your team

The best employees are the ones who manage themselves. How do you optimize for this? Here are the 4 self-management skills to hire for ...
Skip level meetings:  What they are, and exactly how to run them

Skip level meetings: What they are, and exactly how to run them

If you manage other managers, holding skip level one-on-one meetings with their direct reports is paramount. Here’s how to do &; ...
Top 7 Leadership Lessons from AMA with Natalie Gould, CFO of Balsamiq

Top 7 Leadership Lessons from AMA with Natalie Gould, CFO of Balsamiq

As the CFO for Balsamiq, a remote software company whose product is used by 500,000+ companies, Natalie shared her expertise and ...
How to impress your new boss in your first 30 days

How to impress your new boss in your first 30 days

When you start a new job, your goal is to make a good impression. Here are 8 ways to impress your new boss in the first 30 days. If you& ...
When to give feedback to an employee?

When to give feedback to an employee?

A perfect time to give feedback doesn’t exist – but some times are better than others. In deciding when to give feedback to a ...
How to motivate employees? Don’t.

How to motivate employees? Don’t.

Do this instead. Here are 6 ways to motivate your team that doesn’t undermine their intrinsic employee motivation that they already ...
7 ways of giving feedback that encourage change

7 ways of giving feedback that encourage change

You’re giving feedback because you want your team to improve. Here’s how to give feedback that precisely helps nudge your ...
How to collaborate effectively in a remote team

How to collaborate effectively in a remote team

Based on research from almost 400 people and insights from 1,000+ managers, here are the processes and tools to collaborate effectively ...
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 was a ...
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 a ...
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 ...
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