Quitting My Job to Travel Was a Crash Course in Becoming a Better Boss

For me, traveling wasn't quite as relaxing and blissful as Instagram influencers portray it to be. But my time away from the office navigating unfamiliar territory did make me a better boss when I returned to work. And my experience can make you a better one too, no passport required.

The Recap Shelf: How a Growth Mindset Can Transform Your Career (and Life)

The Muse is reading some classic and influential career books for you. Our second pick—"Mindset: The New Psychology of Success" by Carol Dweck—is about how your fixed or growth mindset “can determine whether you become the person you want to be and whether you accomplish the things you value.”

5 Mistakes Bosses Make When Onboarding New Hires

No one wants to feel hung out to dry from day one. And as the boss, you play a critical role in ensuring your new employees are set up for success. Here are five mistakes bosses most commonly make when bringing on a new team member.

Managers: This Is When Your Constructive Criticism Is Needed (and When It’s Not)

You know that giving your employees feedback is crucial to being a good manager. But where and when you give it is just as important as your feedback itself. Here’s how to know when you should give positive encouragement or constructive criticism one-on-one—or not at all.

The 2-Part Parental Leave Plan That’ll Make Your Life Easier

Through a bit of trial and error during my own pregnancy, I created a two-part system that made my transition and parental leave so much easier, and which I highly recommend any expecting parent use before taking time off.

4 Ways to Keep Your Best Employees Engaged (and Away From the Job Boards)

You can keep your high-performing employees engaged by taking something away—or, by imposing the right constraints. When I work with organizations, we do an exploratory exercise that helps leaders reframe their constraints as positive and motivating. Here's how.

4 Ways Managers Can Keep Their Top Performers From Quitting

Contrary to popular belief, managing high-performing individuals is no walk in the park—even the best performers will need support from their managers to continue thriving at work and be content in their roles. Here's how to be a good boss to them.

Ask a Candid Boss: How Can I Encourage More Consistent Work From My Employee?

Your direct report is struggling to turn in consistent work. Some projects are stellar, while others are shoddy at best. What can you do? Here are some tips to implement to encourage that employee to turn in the consistently solid work you know they can produce.

3 Ways to Figure Out if You’re Babysitting Your Team or Managing Them

Sometimes, being the boss can make you feel like you’re a babysitter and your employees are just people you need to keep alive and happy for set amounts of time. So how do you determine if you’re managing or babysitting your team? Here are three signs to look out for.

4 Seemingly Harmless Phrases Leaders Should Never Say

When you’re a manager, your employees are constantly watching to see how you behave and what you say. As a result, it’s important to be intentional about your choice of words in any setting. Here are four phrases you should steer clear of in front of your team.