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Hamilton Lindley Blog

  • The Hammer Blog is devoted to leadership and entreprenuership, as written by Hamilton Philip Lindley. 

Start with Why Book Review 

  • Start With Why by Simon Sinek explains how to motivate yourself and others through asking why first.

Made to Stick Book Review 

  • Made to Stick explains how to make your ideas compelling by stories.

The Formula Book Review 

  • The Formula explains success by analyzing data.

First, Break all the Rules Book Review 

  • This is a study from 80,000 managers. The best managers exist to serve their employees. They lead by exception and emphasize strengths over weaknesses.

Extreme Ownership Book Review

  • Applying special forces training to the boardroom, these Navy SEAL authors show that business and combat require similar leadership skills in this book.

Depression Kills by Silence 

  • He would be 35 today. But Hamilton Lindley's little brother, Hillton, died of suicide nine years ago. 

To Sell is Human Book Summary

  • Dan Pink shows that persuasion is critical to our survival in To Sell is Human. 

When: The Scientific Secrets of Timing Book Review

  • Daniel Pink explores how to become the master of your when. 

Extreme Ownership Book Review 

  • Applying special forces training to the boardroom, these Navy SEAL authors show that business and combat require similar leadership skills in this book.

Is it Halftime in Quarantine? 

  • My office started working from home before almost any other. 

How to Transition to Remote Work Effectively 

  • Making this transition whether you like it or not! 

Managing Employee's Mental Health Remotely 

  • Hamilton Lindley explains that your employee's mental health needs attention.

Ways to Destress While Working 

  • Encouraging healthy techniques to reduce stress.

Tips for a New Leader

  • A new leader needs all the help possible.

Instilling a Positive Company Culture 

  • Tips to make your work environment better. 

Ways to Avoid Micromanaging 

  • Measure output, not input. 

The Importance of a Manager's Well-Being

  • Take care of yourself, manager. 

Managing an Employee with a Disability 

  • Hamilton Lindley explains how to manage an employee with a disability. 

Helping an Employee Through a Tough Time 

  • When an employee goes through a personal crisis, your leadership is essential. 

Never Split the Difference Book Summary 

  • This summarizes the books practical negotiation tips that will help you personally and professionally. 

Managing a Small Team vs a Large Team 

  • When you are a manager of managers, your style needs to adjust to that new relationship. 

The Benefits of Skip Level Meetings 

  • To show how you value your employees at all levels, and to hear what is really happening in the company, hold regularly scheduled meetings of your manager's subordinates. 

 Lessons Learned from Managing a Remote Team

  • Hamilton Lindley explains practical lessons learned from remote team management. 

Mindfulness for Leaders

  • Leaders must practice being fully present in the moment in order to create followers. 

Best Books for New Leaders

  • The best leaders read books and implement the ideas discovered by reading.

Why Having Fun at Work Matters

  • If you're not having fun, you're not working hard enough. 

Preparing for the Great Return to the Office

  • We will eventually have to go back to work, right? 

Management Trends for 2021

  • The new year will be here soon. So start preparing now. 

Why Respect at Work Matters

  • Respect is a fundamental part of a functioning workplace.

Why Integrity at Work Matters

  • Trust is the foundation of every relationship.

The Temperament of a Leader

  • Good leaders have good temperament.

How to Improve Communication at Work

  • Communication failures can cost companies everything. 

How to Build a Resilient Team

  • Building resilience is a skill to be learned. 

How to Coach Employees for Increased Performance and Engagement

  • Learn how to be a better coach for employees. 

Two Stories of Integrity 

  • Read about the stories of Easy Eddie and Butch O'Hare

How to Build a Collaborative Team 

  • Teambuilding for collaboration is an essential part of a good work environment. 

How the Best Leaders Replace the Bad Ones 

  • Just because you're the new boss doesn't mean you the better boss. 

How Allowing Experiments at Work Increases Employee Motivation 

  • Employees thrive where they have the freedom to fail. 

Write Better Emails, Chat Messages, and Text Messages at Work

  • Writing skills have never been more important. 

Three Common Pitfalls of Organizational Change

  • When transforming a business, executives tend to fail in three main ways. 

How to Fight the Feeling that You are Not Enough

  • We can all struggle with self-esteem. 

How to Stop Worrying at Work

  • When you panic, there is no way you can think clearly.  

The Future of Middle Managers 

  • In the future, middle managers will focus more on leadership and less on monitoring. 

What is Important about Self-Awareness

  • Understanding how others perceive you is a vital part of emotional intelligence. 

Good Leaders aren't Too Busy

  • Good leaders make time. If you don't have a plan to stop being busy, that's why you are so busy. 

Make Going Back to The Office Worth It 

  • Don't make employees come back to the office to do the same stuff they are doing from home just fine. 

Four Ways to Build Trust at Work 

  • Concentrate on ways to build trust by analyzing what causes distrust. 

When to Trust the Process over Data 

  • We have more data than ever, but in some situations, it isn't the best source of knowledge. 

How to Find Your Motivation After You've Lost It

  • When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging. 

How Rules Can Choke Productivity 

  • Rules are good, but make sure they don't kill what you're trying to protect.

Make Your Business Case with Cost-Benefit Analysis 

  • Remove the subjective out of your decisions with this method. 

Navigating Difficult Conversations 

  • How to begin confronting people with compassion, respect, and candor. 

Good Leaders Ask Questions Instead of Give Orders

  • Fight the temptation to order employees by asking questions instead. 

Share Your Struggle With Others 

  • By being vulnerable, you will open doors that you never thought possible. 

My Team Needs to Go Away

  • If your team never takes vacation, it's your fault as their leader. 

Standing Up for Your Employees 

  • If you don't stand up for them, why would they stand up for you? 

Good Leaders Focus on Ethics 

  • Doing the right thing requires a plan. 

Being Prepared for Constant Change

  • The only thing we can count on is change. 

Build Rapport Like a Spy 

  • It's important to build connections in order to get support for your ideas.

Why Don't I Have More Time? 

  • You are likely time poor. Find out how to avoid the time traps in this article. 

Encouraging Choice Helps Employees Speak Up

  • Empowering employees to choose will help them feel strong enough to engage when they see something wrong. 

Five Elements of High Performing Teams

  • The best remote and hybrid teams share five characteristics. 

Four Ways to Incorporate Gratitude in Your Team

  • Thankfulness is an essential element of a happy person. 

Five Methods to Decrease Burnout During the Return to the Office

  • Psychologists recommend that we pace ourselves in this return to the office after the pandemic. 

Four Rules to Managing Hybrid Teams 

  • These are four ideas to manage teams that are in the office and remote. 

How Companies are Rapidly Upskilling Their Workforces

  • Organizations need to get their employees the relevant skills, and that takes collaboration with many stakeholders. 

Getting the Best from Cross Team Collaboration 

  • Leaders must make teams feel safe before they will collaborate on projects. 

How to Get Your Ideas Up the Corporate Ladder

  • It's important to understand how to get your ideas heard by those who can make a change. 

Give Feedback Like an Ally 

  • People don't want to hear from critics. But they do want advice from an ally. 

Leading with Compassion 

  • Don't stop at empathy. Lead with compassion. 

Lasting Management Lessons

  • As the year closes, some lessons resonate more than others. 

How to Deal with Others Who Use Your Past Against You 

  • When people use your past against you, it says more about them than you. 

Annoying Phrases to Stop Using at Meetings 

  • Some phrases we use impact our meetings in a negative way. 

How Can Leaders Foster Connection? 

  • These are some ideas to get your team closer together, even when they are apart. 

Talking to Strangers Book Summary 

  • Malcom Gladwell's book offers great insights on trusting other people. 

Show Warmth Before Strength to Lead Effectively

  • Strength without warmth will foster resentment at work. 

Choosing Between Performance and Compassion

  • Compassion and performance go hand-in-hand. 

How to Trust Your Gut

  • Combining your logic with your gut feelings is a potent cocktail. 

Effective Employee Learning Requires Managers 

  • If you don't include managers in your employee learning process, the employee's won't learn much. 

How to Create Long-Term Career Goals

  • Planning your career takes strategy. 

How to Create a Team No One Wants to Leave 

  • Teambuilding requires putting people first and achieving team goals together. 

How Leaders Create a Toxic Culture 

  • Leaders need to be careful to not create a toxic work environment. 

Behavioral Risk Management is More Effective 

  • Instead of using punishment, create small nudges to nudge people to do the right thing. 



To Get the Best Results From Your Team, Push and Pull

  • The best leaders are proficient at both driving results and managing empathetically. 

How To Identify & Develop the Talented Employees

  • Identifying and developing employees is an essential skill for managers. 

Balacing the Mindsets of Managers

  • Managers often have conflicting priorities. Balancing these mindsets is essential. 

How to Deal with Anger at Work 

  • Being able to look within is important when dealing with anger in the workplace. 

How to Develop Your Critical Thinking Skills

  • It is vital to develop your critical thinking.

How to Be a Compassionate Leader When Your Company is Not 

  • You can lead with compassion, even when your company does not. 

Don't Let Your Face do All the Talking 

  • Your face may express something that your voice does not. Make sure you don't send a mixed message.