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If you have recently been promoted to a leadership role or started your own company, you may have to manage a new team. Greg Skloot is the CEO of Weekly Update, a management tool that helps organizations put their goals in writing. He has put together a guide to help new managers define the company’s culture, goals and preferred behaviors to help them lead their teams.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What basic principles a manager of a new team needs to keep in mind;
  • Why spelling out your company’s values, customs and goals in writing is important; and
  • Why good communication is crucial.
 

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Greg Skloot is the CEO of Weekly Update, a management tool that helps organizations put their goals in writing. He’s the former CEO of Attend.com and former vice president of growth at Netpulse.

 

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When you launch a company or get promoted to a higher position, you may have to direct a new team. To become a great leader, define your company’s culture, hire the right people, specify tasks and goals for different time frames, and set up solid processes for your team. Delineating your company culture makes it easier to hire and reward employees who align with your values and to release those who don’t. Start by specifying the overarching goals of your company. That’s your vision. Then, spell out your values and the unique characteristics and behaviors your team should exhibit. Record the challenges your organization has faced in the past, and describe the physical space where your company will be. Depending on location, clarify whether schedules will be flexible or fixed and whether people can work from home.


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