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3 Important Benefits of Bite Sized Learning in Management Training (aka - microlearning)

“Attention: Upcoming training for you next week” Does that subject line give you chills, make you groan, or are you excited by it? If you’re like a lot of managers we have spoken to over the years, it’s probably a mix of disappointment and a feeling of resignation to go through the motions.  No matter how compelling the speaker’s...

How to Motivate a Team with Low Morale in 5 Easy Steps

At many companies, low morale is a fact of life. Any number of problems can stifle people, leaving them unmotivated and struggling to do their job. As a manager, you may feel low morale yourself; no one is immune to the harsh realities of the modern workplace. Gallup's engagement stats show us year after year that little is changing. On...

How a Bad Boss Turns One on One Meetings Into Torture

One of the single greatest tools at the disposal of any manager is their one on ones with their team. Used well, it can help drive top performance, boost morale, and fix problems when they're small. Unfortunately, most bad bosses make one on ones miserable, discouraging experiences. They become an event on the calendar everyone learns to dread,...

Led Tasso: Season 2 Ted Lasso Management Lessons You Must Avoid

"If you care about someone, and you got a little love in your heart, there ain't nothing you can't get through together." Ted Lasso has had many amazing quotes throughout the Apple TV hit show's run that are often a mix of quirky, fun, and memorable. The Lighthouse team loved season 1 of Ted Lasso in particular. Not only was it funny,...

4 Important Things to Do When You Start Managing Former Peers

It's a common scenario: The company you work at is growing. Suddenly, a new layer of management is created, and thus a new role opens up. Leadership in the company wants to promote internally, so you and a number of your peers apply. Only one person can get the job and now that you have it, your peers report to you. Awkward. Managing former...

Your Favorite Lighthouse Posts of 2022

The last week of any year is a great time to look back and reflect. It is powerful to ask yourself: What’s been my biggest accomplishment this year? What am I proud of the most?  What’s a challenge I’ve worked to overcome during the past 12 months? Knowing what you did well can help you know what to do more of...

Building Rapport: The First Step to Being a Great Manager

"Why isn't my team responding to me?!?" A friend of mine recently started leading a new team for a project he had kicked off a few months ago. He had a compelling mission, a team of people willing to help, and worked hard to not micromanage everyone's tasks.  He even had a formalized agreement with some of the key team members to share the upside....

11 Awesome Patty McCord Quotes in Powerful about Building a Great Culture at Netflix

Do you care about the culture of your organization? Are you actively trying to shape or improve it? If you answer yes to either of those questions, you probably heard of Patty McCord and Netflix. McCord, Reed Hastings, and others worked together to create the now famous Netflix Culture Deck. Culture from Reed Hastings ...

Could ChatGPT Be a Good Leader? We Ask the AI for Management Advice

AI has been talked about for years as having the potential to change the world. Yet, outside of Hollywood movies, we haven’t seen much we can all use day to day. That’s changed with the recent release of new AI tools. Across industries, different branches of AI are now influencing the way routine tasks are performed. However, while the possibilities...

The 4 Best Gifts for Managers: Smart Ways to Show Your Appreciation

Holiday season is in full swing, which means it will soon be time to gather, celebrate, and give gifts.  If you’re struggling for gift ideas for a manager in your life, whether they’re a higher-up, coworker, direct report, a friend or a loved one – our list of the best gifts for managers today is here to help. Whether you know them very...

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