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As Your Team Gets Bigger, Your Leadership Style Has to Adapt

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May 2019

As Your Team Gets Bigger, Your Leadership Style Has to Adapt

Back when our Facebook design team still fit around a conference table, a new designer joining our merry band was a momentous event. Everyone loved sitting down and showing her how we worked —where we kept our design files, what tools to download, which meetings to attend. We were grateful that someone else had come to help us accomplish more together. Two pizzas were still...

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When an Employee Is Underperforming, Ask Them to Evaluate Their Work

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May 2019

When an Employee Is Underperforming, Ask Them to Evaluate Their Work

When a direct report is underperforming, being told as much may put them on the defensive. That’s why you should consider asking the person to evaluate their recent work. Doing so will open up the conversation and help you understand whether their view aligns with yours. Ask the employee what their key metrics are and whether they’re reaching them. If you two are in agreement,...

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What It Takes To Be A Great Employee: The Parable Of The Oranges

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Apr 2019

What It Takes To Be A Great Employee: The Parable Of The Oranges

Being a great employee pays off with better positions, higher pay, and more frequent promotions. But some workers struggle to know exactly what it takes to become a truly great employee. As an Entrepreneur and CEO one of the most important elements of having a successful company is having a workforce of great employees. That is why it is so important that leaders are able to explain...

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Think of Delegating as a Chance to Teach Your Employees !

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Feb 2019

Think of Delegating as a Chance to Teach Your Employees !

For many managers, the hardest part of delegating is trusting that a task will be done well. But it becomes easier when you think of it as a chance to train your staff — not just get rid of some work. The next time you need to delegate something, start by determining who on your team is ready to handle more responsibility. Then create simple...

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When You Want to Gossip About Someone at Work, Stop and Ask Yourself Why

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Feb 2019

When You Want to Gossip About Someone at Work, Stop and Ask Yourself Why

We all get frustrated with colleagues from time to time. But complaining about a coworker behind their back can be destructive. It erodes trust on the team, risks hurting the person’s feelings, and makes you look bad. The next time you’re tempted to complain about someone, stop and ask yourself why. If it’s to justify your feelings or to confirm that you’re right, don’t do...

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The 3 Kinds of People You Want on Your Big New Project

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Feb 2019

The 3 Kinds of People You Want on Your Big New Project

When you’re staffing a high-profile project, you want an all-star team. But it’s not enough to put your high performers on the task. There are three types of people who should be on the team of any breakthrough initiative. First, look for employees who are comfortable with uncertainty. You need individuals who will remain curious and focused even when the project is far from the...

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The Focused Leader

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Feb 2019

The Focused Leader

A primary task of leadership is to direct attention. To do so, leaders must learn to focus their own attention. When we speak about being focused, we commonly mean thinking about one thing while filtering out distractions. But a wealth of recent research in neuroscience shows that we focus in many ways, for different purposes, drawing on different neural pathways—some of which work in concert,...

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If You Want to Get Better at Something, Ask Yourself These Two Questions

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Feb 2019

If You Want to Get Better at Something, Ask Yourself These Two Questions

It was the last race of the ski season. My son Daniel, 10 years old, was at the starting gate in his speed suit, helmet and goggles, waiting for the signal. “3… 2… 1…” The gate keeper called out and he was gone in a flash, pushing off his ski poles to gain momentum. One by one, each gate smacked to the ground when he...

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The Key to Career Growth: Surround Yourself with People Who Will Push You

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Jan 2019

The Key to Career Growth: Surround Yourself with People Who Will Push You

When thinking about how to develop in our careers, most of us tend to focus on promotions, projects, courses, certifications. We seek out expanded roles, more senior titles, extra money. We overlook one very key piece of the learning puzzle:  proactively surrounding ourselves with people who will push us to succeed in unexpected ways and, in so doing, build genuinely rich, purposeful lives of growth,...

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How to Blow a Presentation to the C-Suite

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Jan 2019

How to Blow a Presentation to the C-Suite

Divya, a director who leads a large engineering team, was invited to a two-day retreat with the CEO and senior executives of her Fortune 50 company. She and 30 of her high-potential peers were excited to rub shoulders with the leadership team. The purpose of the retreat was to expose up-and-coming leaders to broader challenges, expand their network across silos, and, of course, give them...

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