3 Lessons Every Manager Can Learn From Ted Lasso

As a manager, have you ever asked yourself “What would Ted Lasso do?”

December 14, 2021
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We admit it — the Assembly team is obsessed with the show Ted Lasso. Maybe it’s the mix of incredible characters, hilarious jokes and disarming earnestness. Or maybe it’s Ted’s epic mustache. Whatever it is, we can’t get enough. 

And of course, when you think about it, Ted Lasso is set in a workplace, and Ted is a manager. So, blending our passions here, we decided to think about what managers might learn from Ted’s incredible (albeit fictional) example.  

Here are three lessons that struck us as especially relevant — trust us, we thought of many more. Feel free to share yours with us on Twitter @join_assembly!

Ted sees the people he works with as almost pure potential — from Nate to Jamie to Roy and beyond — and helps cultivate it.

When we understand and support our employees’ ambitions, they’re more likely to be way more satisfied with their job, more connected to the company, and more likely to stick around and make a big impact on the organization.

How Assembly Can Help: Stay up to date on your people’s career development ambitions and retain your best talent with the Career Development Survey Template. This free, interactive tool helps you discover and document what’s important to your employee including their goals, their level of satisfaction, and what they’d like their next move to be. Get started with our free Career Development Survey template here!

Make It A Habit To Celebrate Team Wins

You don’t have to dance like Ted to celebrate a team win. (Although we’re guessing your team just might love it if you did.) 

But it is critical to regularly show your employees that their contributions are valued. In fact, Ted Lasso demonstrates the value of having a culture of recognition — regularly giving credit where it’s due and celebrating strengths.

How Assembly Can Help: Add structure, visibility, and consistency to employee recognition with our Employee Recognition Workflow. Not only will your employees feel seen and celebrated, you’ll be helping build a culture where employee recognition is seamlessly integrated into your daily workflow. Get started with our free Employee Recognition Template here!

Ask the Questions That Matter

As Ted demonstrates — from biscuits with the boss to dinner with Trent Crimm — building meaningful relationships is essential. It’s how you learn what’s important to the people who are important to you, and understand what they need to succeed. 

Effective one-on-one meetings help establish the trust and consistency needed to stay in synch with your people. For more on this, see our related blog post “Why one-on-one meetings should be a manager’s secret weapon (and why they’re usually not)” 

How Assembly Can Help: Our One-On-One With Direct Reports Flow gives you a centralized place to document meetings so you can identify blocks to progress, capture feedback and suggestions for improvement and more. Get started with our free meeting template here!

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