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Checking All The Boxes

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 5:50 PM

I was coaching someone yesterday and we started talking about visionary leadership. We were looking at her 360 results and it was pretty clear to me that she had a good grasp of who she was and how others responded to her. Her directs were big fans and her bosses...

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Training Employees? Take Tips From a Coach

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 12:54 PM

Who is the best coach that you have ever been exposed to?

Think globally, it is not just about sports. It could have been a teacher, a friend, a colleague, a boss or a family member as well. What was it about what they said to you that made you...

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Don't Let Yourself Be Invisible at Work

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 12:52 PM

There are days, I am sure, that you sit in your office and you hide from your work. You put it off and wait another day. You are easily distracted in the moment by every little fancy. You check the weather. You check the news. You grab a coffee, and...

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The Role Of The Informal Network

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 5:59 AM

If you have been kind enough to follow my blog, you will then know that I have talked about this phenomenon in the past. However, an article by John Kotter in the November 2012 issue of Harvard Business Review got me thinking deeply about the duality of organizations.

In every...

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Stinging Tentacles in the Organization

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 8:04 PM

Have you ever been in a role where you didn't make a move out of fear of retaliation from your boss? You were scared because you thought they had tentacles that reached everywhere and every chance they get, they would sting you. You assumed that they will come back to...

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And the Leverage Goes to the Talented

(1) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 10:34 AM

Recently I had the opportunity to hear Dan Pink speak at an event. Something he said has been banging around in my mind for days trying to escape to my blog:

"Organizations need talent more than talent needs organizations."

I heard Dan say this and I looked at my colleague...

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What Happened to Integrity Among Leaders?

(1) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 4:29 PM

As a result of the recent presidential campaign season, I became a big supporter of Politifact. I would check the site regularly because it felt like half of what was being said by both parties was either a blatant lie or it was a twisted accusation of the...

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How to Make a Change -- And Keep It

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 11:43 AM

The only constant is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. ~ Isaac Asimov

It feels to me like this holds especially true in the world of business, particularly in how we constantly look to institute new structures, new processes and new innovations in...

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Don't Micromanage Your Staff, Coach Them

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 11:20 AM

If you want performance out of your people it is time that you start coaching them. Engage them, encourage them, reward them and coach them. Provide them with the tools that they need to make an impact in the organization. Talk with them about what your vision is, give them...

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Why Performance Reviews Are a Sham

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2013 | 7:20 AM

It was just that time of year again and everyone was dreading it. No, I am not talking about the recent holiday shopping madness, the traffic, the congestion or the lines. I am talking about end of year performance management.

The year just officially ended, and companies the world over...

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How to Get What You Want at Work in 2013

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 8:57 AM

It is a new year. time to dust off that old piece of paper with your goals from last year and take a moment to compare what you set out to accomplish with what you actually got done. Did you hit all of your goals?

If so, then shame...

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Do Dirty Tactics Equal Leadership in the NFL?

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 11:02 AM

New school coach, old school hard-noser. Earlier this year, did Head Coach Greg Schiano of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pull a bush league stunt out of frustration against the New York Giants? Or did he instead set a tone for his club and his players? Did he break unwritten rules...

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The Job Market is Turning -- Are You Ready?

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 4:56 PM

It finally feels like change is upon us. The U.S. Department of Labor issued better than expected job numbers and companies appear ready to start investing in people and new technologies. If the labour market does indeed turn, and it becomes a buyers' market, are you ready to attract the...

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Newsflash: The Lottery is Not a Career Plan

(12) Comments | Posted December 9, 2012 | 7:49 AM

There was a lot of anxious hysteria in my neck of the woods recently. People were lining up in the hopes of hitting it big on the Powerball jackpot. As I was in line to spend my $10 on tickets, I heard everyone talking about what they would do with...

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Millennials: Want More Work Skills? Learn From Boomers

(11) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 11:38 AM

There's a lot of talk about how to engage Millenials and Gen X out there, but little is being said about how to engage an aging workforce and the Boomers. They may be at the sunset of their careers, which actually makes their level of engagement even more important. It's...

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The Workforce It Is A-Changin'

(1) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 11:31 AM

Take the dynamics of a changing workforce and a changing business climate and ask yourself: is there enough talent out there to move your organization forward? Are you positioned well enough to get the talent that you need? Suspend for a moment the thought that I am talking about A-list...

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How Gen X Will Lead Y in the Workplace

(1) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 11:27 AM

It is becoming increasingly important for us to be able to work across generations in the workplace. The Boomers are starting to leave, but they're not all gone; Gen X is more than ready to assume more of the leadership roles, and Gen Y is getting antsy.

The stagnant labour...

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The Resume Only Gets You The Interview

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 1:57 PM

There is an initial transaction between someone applying for a position and their prospective employer, the company looking to fill a position. It involves something that many Gen Xers are uncomfortable with but exists in the job market -- and in their career climb. It is the need to know...

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