Happy New Year!
And welcome to Issue 8 of the Manager TLDR – our first issue of 2020 🎉
If one of your new year’s resolutions is to be an awesome manager, we’ve got you covered 📩.
We’ll send you the best management content every 2 weeks (with a short summary of each article), so you can continue developing great leadership skills.
Here are this week’s top 4 picks:
Skip-Level Meetings: Top 7 Questions + Best Practices for Leaders
TLDR: As a Director, VP, or CEO, how can you maintain a human connection with everyone on your team? The answer: Skip-Level Meetings. This article includes expert advice and a meeting agenda template you can use to make the most out of them. ⚡️
How the Best Managers Identify and Develop Talent (HBR)
TLDR: Talent management is the ability to find not just the best employee for each role, but the best role for each employee. Here are 3 things you can do to become a great talent agent 🕵️♂️:
- Look for talent internally, before you search outside your organization.
- Hire candidates with soft skills such as emotional intelligence, drive, and learnability.
- Don’t hire people who remind you of yourself. This harms diversity and performance.
What First-Time Managers Should Know in 2020 (Gary Vaynerchuk)
TLDR: If you want to be a better manager in 2020 make sure to:
- Hire people that complement your strengths, and prioritize emotional intelligence.
- Give employees unlimited trust. That’s what makes companies move fast.
- Communicate with underperforming employees. Maybe they’re just in the wrong department.
Top 9 Remote Software for 2020
TLDR: Software has become increasingly important in an age where more and more people work remotely 🌎. But even if you’re team is not distributed, using certain tools such as Slack, Loom, and Fellow will help you foster better communication and accountability.