Manager TLDR – Issue 7

Fellow's Top 7 Blog Posts of 2019.

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We created the Manager TLDR newsletter with the goal of helping you become a better leader.

For our last issue of the year, we’re sharing our 7 most-read articles of 2019:

📘 Top 10 lessons from Julie Zhuo’s The Making of a Manager

TLDR: Julie Zhuo – Facebook’s VP of Product Design – got promoted to her 1st management position at the age of 25. This article summarizes some of Zhuo’s hard-earned advice. (e.g. Managing a team is easier when you know your strengths and weaknesses).

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

TLDR: Great managers use one-on-ones to discuss important topics that would never come up otherwise. Topics such as their direct report’s priorities, work-life balance, and recent learnings.

🎁 How great managers give and receive feedback

TLDR: The best managers offer feedback as work happens, and ask for feedback about themselves. When giving feedback, use the following equation: Observation, Impact, Request. 

⚠️ 10 Mistakes you should avoid during your one-on-one meetings

TLDR: The deadly sins of one-on-one meetings include not collaborating on an agenda, doing most of the talking, using the one-on-one as a project status update, and running out of time.

🌱 Career conversations with employees: Questions and tips for managers 

TLDR: The world’s best managers coach employees on their career development. Here’s a 3-step framework you can use to guide these conversations: Life story, Dreams, 18-month plan.

💡 How to run your weekly team meeting

TLDR: Team meetings are an ideal opportunity to celebrate wins, gather feedback, and check on your team’s mood. Here are some key topics for your team meeting agenda: Icebreakers, updates, lightning talks, and action items.

🌎 5 Common mistakes to avoid when managing a remote team

TLDR: If you want to build a thriving remote team, you must create spaces for conversations, give everyone a chance to contribute during virtual meetings, and set clear expectations.

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