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Training to Become a Better Manager? Here's Why It Might Fail You

January 14, 2016 As discussed by Zenger & Folkman, we wait too long to train our leaders. But I would also argue that we are missing an entirely different boat where managerial training is concerned. Yes, we often delay until the last possible moment to deliver needed support. However, we may also target...

Paying Attention to Burnout

September 15, 2015 It's disturbing when you begin to hate something you love. One day you wake, realizing that you feel differently about your work or organization. The progression to that point may have been subtle, even unnoticed. Yet the outcome is difficult to evade. This is exactly how I would describe my...

Why We Hide From Feedback

August 11, 2015 We needn’t debate the power of feedback. However, regardless of its potential to enhance both work and career—its full benefit is not always realized. One obvious reason? Individual differences. Some of us are naturally more receptive to feedback—others—not quite as much. I’ve worked with clients who were completely open to...

6 Really Simple Ways to Boost Learning and Development

July 22, 2015 How do your employees secure the training they require to remain effective? Are needs identified, with content readily available, or do significant lags exist between skill gap identification and supportive training? Does your training directive align with the current path of your organization? Or does content support a vision of...

How Not to Micromanage: 5 Strategies

May 8, 2015 If you've ever been micromanaged, you fully understand the aggravating confidence-busting results that can occur. (Frustration, decreased motivation and possibly disengagement from work, to name a few.) When your supervisor doesn't seem to understand the negative consequences that micromanaging brings—work life can become quite miserable. However, if you are that...

How Not to Be a Rotten Co-Worker

March 12, 2015 I've worked with rotten people. I'm sure you've had your share of negative experiences, as well. Although it is well known that we leave jobs because of our managers—the support of our co-workers also plays a key role in work-related outcomes. With the advent of flatter organizations and increased teaming,...

Frozen's Idina Menzel Is Over Perfectionism. You Should Be Too.

February 9, 2015 If you have ever fought against the negative aspects of perfectionism in your work life—you'll appreciate the drama surrounding Idina Menzel's New Year's Eve performance of "Let it Go,” from the hit movie Frozen. (Yes, she did miss a key note or two. So what?) We've all given a less...

Leaders, Don't Let Knowledge Walk Out the Door

January 21, 2015 I visit a local bakery every Friday afternoon to purchase Challa bread, a sweet egg bread that just seems to go well with just about every meal. I've been buying a loaf there, each week, for years. Unfortunately, of late, the quality just hasn't been there. We've noticed the bread...

One Way to Tackle Job Interview Jitters

January 15, 2015 When we lose ourselves in a stressful moment—a workplace situation can quickly escalate from challenging to completely overwhelming. For many of us, job interviews are a common scenario that can trigger strong responses; anticipation, excitement, trepidation, anxiety. If you’ve sat in the interview chair, you are likely aware of the...

Big Idea 2015: The Future of Work Is Already Here

January 7, 2015 The future of work is already here—that is one thing I've realized with great certainty. Whether we meet this form effectively, and with grace, is unfolding as we speak. We'll all play our role to meet that future—whether we are CEOs, recruiters, mentors or managers. Steven Denning aptly borrowed a...