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What It Takes to Be Truly Purpose Driven management psychology scale-up Jun 04, 2021

A practical insight that can help you, and your team, find meaning in your daily work.

We all need a sense of purpose in our lives, but when we can’t find one, it can...

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The People vs. Process Spectrum management Apr 16, 2021

New companies usually have few processes in place, so team members are often encouraged to ‘figure it out’. But as the team grows, so does the complexity.

 
The...
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The Delegation Step Most Managers Miss Out management Mar 26, 2021

In a previous essay on delegation, I suggested two principles that can help you delegate more effectively: (i) delegate problems, not tasks, and (ii) coach, don’t...

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How to Design a Structured Hiring Process hiring management scale-up Jan 27, 2021

Ten years ago, I learnt a critical lesson about recruiting while I was sitting on a bus.

I noticed the guy next to me was reading a popular book about startups, so we started...

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Effective One-on-Ones: A Guide for Managers and Reports culture feedback management Jan 20, 2021

How effective are your one-on-ones?

Most managers will say theirs are great. However, one study has shown that employees often leave one-on-ones less...

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Ruthless or Rational: How to Lead with Compassion founders management psychology Sep 23, 2020

Do you recognise this scenario?

You have an employee who’s been with you a long time. They’ve stuck with you through thick and thin, the team loves them, and you...

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How to Change Your Company Culture With a ‘Shocking Rule’ culture management psychology Sep 15, 2020

When a company is small, founders have a huge personal influence on company culture. Their behaviours, both good and bad, seep into the team fabric and provide a...

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How to Respond to ‘I Don’t Know’ coaching culture management Jun 16, 2020

As a manager, your team may often come to you with problems. If you take this as your cue to offer opinions or make suggestions, you run the risk of setting a dysfunctional...

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The Anatomy of a Startup Organisation hiring leadership management strategy May 27, 2020

Ask someone at an early-stage company what they do and you’ll probably get the answer: ‘A little bit of everything.’

A lack of role clarity usually...

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How to Coach Your Team (The Development Pipeline) coaching culture management psychology May 20, 2020

Every leader wants to get the best performance from their team. In startups, the importance of learning on the job and continuous employee development can’t be...

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