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Manage Up Like a Pro: 22 Questions to Ask Your Manager to Improve Your Relationship

If you've ever had a frustrating boss, you know how true it is: People leave managers, not companies. … but that doesn't mean the responsibility lies entirely on your boss to make you love your job. You play a part in managing the relationship between you and your manager. Put another way, this is what it means to manage up. The...

Amazing 1 on 1 Lessons From Our Expert Guests

1 on 1s are the single most important tool managers have to be great leaders. You can use these meetings to help you bring out the best in your team, fix problems, get buy in, and so much more. That’s why, as we wrap up Season 1 of Creating High Performing Teams, we’re bringing you all the best 1 on 1 lessons from our many amazing guests....

6 Awesome Ways to Give Feedback to Your Team

Your team are not mind readers. If you want your team to perform well, you have to give feedback to them regularly. If they don't know your standards or expectations, it's very unlikely they'll meet them consistently. Unfortunately, the most common way managers give feedback is something crudely called the sh*t sandwich.  Put simply: Before you...

Fixing a Struggling Star - A Leadership Story

When is the problem not really THE problem? What do you do when your star employee on your team underperforms or disappoints you?The easy answer would be to pounce and criticize. To focus on immediately correcting the issue. Yet, if you do that, you’ll be making a big mistake. Instead, learn from a key lesson I stumbled on early in my career and dig...

How You can Recognize High Potential Employees During an Interview

Are you looking for high-potential people to join your team? Can you tell the difference between someone who can quickly grow into a role, and someone who won’t be worth the effort and time investment?  And are you confident in your hiring process to ensure you hire the right person the first time when they don’t have years of experience already?...

Common Mistakes Managers Make in Hiring & Recruiting 

How do you become great at recruiting? What are common mistakes managers make in this process, and how can you avoid them?  In episode 19 of the 'Creating High Performing Teams' podcast, we sit down with Erin Wilson, one of the best recruiters in Silicon Valley, to discuss the most common mistakes managers make in hiring and recruiting,...

How to Become a Manager: A Guide for Aspiring Leaders

(Already got the role? Looking for tips for getting started as a first-time manager? Jump to Part 2 of this guide.) Ever thought about becoming a manager? Want to know what it takes and how to move up from your individual contributor role? Becoming a manager opens a whole new world of opportunity. With the right mindset and skills, you'll...

What You Can Learn from Trending Leadership Topics in Spring 2022

Are you keeping up with trending leadership topics, like the most recent data about burnout, and the challenges of remote work? Do you know how remote work has changed this year in particular and how to prepare for that?  On the newest episode of the “Creating High Performing Teams” podcast, we look at recent hot leadership topics...

Changes Affecting How We Work Remotely in 2022 + How to Prepare Your Team

Are you keeping up with the latest remote work data and using it to support your team? Are you prepared for the newest concerns people have in an increasingly WFH (Work From Home) world? Buffer recently published its State of Remote Work report for 2022. In it, they collected answers from over 2000 remote workers about their working conditions...

The Harsh Truths of Leading Remotely (and what to do about it)

How do you transition from being a leader in an office to successfully leading remotely?  What do you do when only part of your team returns to the office?  Many of us have had a crash course in exactly those situations, which is why we brought Valentina Thörner onto the show to talk with us about how to navigate these challenges. ...

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