👥 Top 10 questions great managers ask during their one-on-ones

TLDR: Great managers make it a priority to check-in with their direct reports and ensure that they have the resources they need to do their job well. Some questions you should ask include: 

  • What are your top priorities this week? 
  • What are your long-term professional goals?
  • What’s something I should consider changing or start doing? 

⚠️ 3 common hiring mistakes new managers should avoid

TLDR: When hiring someone for your team, avoid these common subconscious motivations:

  • Don’t try to clone yourself. Instead, hire someone who brings new perspectives.
  • Don’t hire someone to do all the stuff you don’t want to do. You’ll have trouble attracting talented people to do a boring job. 
  • Don’t feel threatened by candidates that have talents that you lack. If you want to move your organization forward, you need people with varied skillsets.

💡 How to lead effective team meetings: 8 best practices

TLDR: Team meetings can help you foster a positive culture and ensure that everyone is aligned. However, your meetings won’t be effective unless you adopt these leadership practices. Starting with:

  • Getting the entire group to contribute.
  • Addressing roadblocks and challenges.
  • Asking the team for feedback.

🤝 What does sponsorship look like?

TLDR: To sponsor someone is to help them get more opportunities to do visible, valuable work. It’s not just giving advice and mentorship. Want to sponsor your employees?

  • Start by getting familiar with their work and skillset. 
  • Understand what problems they’re good at solving and what they’re excited to learn. 
  • Keep your eyes peeled for opportunities to raise their name and vouch for their work.