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“Without accountability, the ability to manage doesn’t exist,” is how one workforce development and business strategy expert put it.

A team’s success hinges upon accountability. And as a manager, you’re not only responsible for holding yourself accountable, you’re also responsible for creating a culture of accountability on your team. An excellent manager injects that responsibility into the DNA of their team and gets excellent outcomes as a result.

But if that’s the case, why did this Harvard Business Review report that nearly half of all managers are bad at accountability?

Well, it might be because creating accountability for others is…


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Team meetings are a great time for managers to update their direct reports, discuss or brainstorm an important issue, or find the answer to a problem or question. Not only are meetings good for soliciting ideas or resolving conflict, they can also be used to improve communication within your team.

Every manager knows that these meetings are only effective when their team members are fully engaged in the conversation. …


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Naturally, when you begin your role as a new manager, you’re eager to hit the ground running. However, it’s crucial that you take the time to listen and learn during your first two weeks. Chances are you are going to have a LOT of questions. While asking questions is absolutely an important aspect of any new role, you need to be sure you are asking the right questions to the right people at the right time.

In order to ease some of the nerves you might be feeling when you start as a new manager, we have compiled this list…


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There’s a lot of debate about the benefits and drawbacks of the millennial generation’s arrival to the workforce. But their professional presence is indisputable: millennials — defined as people born between 1981 and 2000 — make up more of the current workforce than any other generation. They are on track to comprise up to 50% of the workforce by 2020 and 75% of the workforce by 2025.

Given that, it’s practically guaranteed you’ll manage at least one millennial in your career, if you’re not managing several already. …


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If you have been micromanaged before, you know that it can be detrimental to the employee experience. You feel like you have someone constantly watching you and as though every little decision you make is being heavily scrutinized. You begin to suspect your manager doesn’t trust your capabilities and doesn’t value your contribution.

What if you were that manager?

We’ve gathered some questions to ask yourself to determine if you are a micromanager. …


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Most of us know intuitively that good communication is important in the workplace. After all, great communication removes obstacles that detract from efficiency and collaboration. But research underscores just how critical communication really is: when asked about failures in the workplace, a Salesforce study shows that 86% of respondents cited lack of collaboration or ineffective communication.

Managers lay a critical foundation for effective communication on their team. In fact, Gallup’s research shows that consistent manager-employee communication is closely connected to higher employee engagement. …


Being a manager can be intimidating at times.

But one thing that might be even scarier is sifting through all of the management advice the internet has to offer. Lucky for you, we’ve done the legwork and compiled a list of 8 standout books that every manager should read.

Whether you are a new manager seeking to learn best practices or a seasoned professional who wants to optimize their team’s performance, there’s a book for you on this list.

Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott

What you’ll learn: How to personalize motivation to each team member, how to positively challenge everyone on your team — including…

Devin Mercier

Business Development at Pathlight, where we are automating the science of management so you can focus on the art.

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