How Do Your Employees Define Success?

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When employees succeed in their careers, so do their teams, departments, functions and organizations.  As a result, businesses work diligently to develop systems and processes to promote career development; leaders grapple with how to help people reach their goals given structures that are flatter and leaner than ever before. Too frequently though, these efforts are based upon assumptions that may not be accurate for all employees. They center on promotions and pay increases….which, in today’s business climate can be in short supply. But, the good news is that these factors may not play as prominent a role in an employee’s …

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The 8 Kinds of Leadership Your Team Needs from You

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Guest Post by Victor Prince Today’s guest post is by Victor Prince, co-author of Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide Their Teams to Exceptional Results (you can order your copy by clicking here).  I’m really excited about this book that he wrote with Mike Figliuolo. I’ve come to expect practical/actionable leadership wisdom from these two… and this new book doesn’t disappoint! We hear the phrase “think outside the box” a lot. If “the box” is something that is stifling creativity, it sounds like something to avoid. But when “the box” is a framework that smart leaders use to get better results from their …

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Who Are You BEING as a Leader?

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Guest Post by Henna Inam I’m thrilled to host this guest post from Henna Inam whose book, Wired for Authenticity, launched this week.  Henna makes a powerful business case for authenticity… but she makes and equally powerful human case for it as well. Looking to reduce stress, enhance trust, and be able to pivot more nimbly in today’s chaotic workplace? Authenticity is the answer! Who we become as leaders comes not from books or training but from paying attention to the small and big choices we make every day. Just last week my 16-year old called me in a panic around …

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Finding the “motive” in motivation

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For decades, management science has concerned itself with researching and developing sophisticated systems for understanding and unleashing employee motivation. In organizations, we’ve experimented with countless combinations of possible solutions to arrive at that magical motivational mix. We’ve tried: Compensation, bonuses, and different takes on doling out the almighty dollar to inspire employees Recognition in a variety of flavors, including verbal reinforcement, physical tokens and reminders, and exotic trips Team structures that support relationships and greater autonomy Enticing work spaces (because what says ‘motivation’ more than a pool table and hanging out with Fido from 9 to 5?) Flexible schedules and …

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The Pernicious 4Ps that Undermine Career Development Satisfaction

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Career development consistently appears at the bottom of most organizations’ climate and engagement surveys. Employees routinely express their displeasure with the options, possibilities, and moves available to them… as well as the organization’s overall commitment to their growth. And managers are no happier. They lament the time they must find – generally deep into their nights and weekends – to support the development of those who report to them. If you find yourself in either camp, it’s likely that a large source of the problem – and your unhappiness with career development – traces back to one of the pernicious …

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What If? – Reasons Managers Don’t Have “Stay Interviews”

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Guest Post By Sharon Jordan-Evans and Beverly Kaye I’m delighted to host this guest post from my co-author, Beverly Kaye, as she and Sharon Jordan-Evans launch their latest book, Hello Stay Interview, Goodbye Talent Loss. With retention of key talent a challenge for most organizations, this book is literally the ‘manager’s playbook’ on how to keep employees engaged… and how to keep them period!  What prevents you from asking your talented people what will keep them engaged and on your team?  Are you afraid you will be unable to deliver on their requests?  Try using these four steps the next …

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Meaning Matters

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Earlier this year, Emily Esfahani Smith wrote an article in The Atlantic titled, “There’s More to Life Than Being Happy.”  Now, I’m not ready to throw in the towel on my pursuit of happily ever after… but it’s hard not to take note of the frequent mention of ‘meaning’ in articles, books, and other works of thought leaders. Gary Hamel counsels managers to see themselves as “entrepreneurs of meaning.”  In Good Business, Csikszentmihalyi dedicates significant energy to the “making of meaning.” AndMcKinsey Quarterly ran an article last month dedicated to “Increasing the Meaning Quotient of Work.” According to psychiatrist/neurologist/Nazi concentration camp survivor Viktor Frankl, …

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River of Much Return: Life lessons from a time at the tiller

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Guest Post by Peter Moore I’m spending this week on a spring break adventure at the ocean with my family. So, it’s only fitting that Peter Moore, whom I recently met while speaking to the Pasadena Chapter of PIHRA, fill in for me with a story of his own vacation on the water… and the lessons it offered far beyond sailing. With great anticipation of the three-day weekend ahead, two friends and I headed off to a local river to begin our slow cruise in our small outboard- engine-powered boat. With a slight breeze blowing, blue skies (well, mostly/partly blue, …

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Is it Time to Kill off ‘Career’?

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Each year, Merriam-Webster and others add countless new words to the dictionary. But, are words ever deleted? If so, I might suggest ‘career’ as a possible contender. Used in conjunction with so many other terms – like development, progression, success, etc. – in recent years, ‘career’ has contributed to untold dissatisfaction, disengagement, demotivation, and general angst in the workplace. The Problem: Over the past decade, the workplace has experienced seismic shifts: Leaner, meaner organizations are the norm. Layers of leadership have been removed. In many industries and segments, attrition lags behind expectations due to baby boomers working longer. At the …

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Meditation Alone Does Not a Mindful Leader Make

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Mindfulness and meditation are quickly becoming mainstream in corporate America. The research is irrefutable that meditation contributes to positive outcomes along countless physical and mental health dimensions. And even the most traditional, conservative public and private enterprises are incorporating mindfulness and meditation into the cultures. Unfortunately, in the process, some confusion has arisen. Some people are confusing the two topics, erroneously believing that they are actually the same thing. But meditation is not mindfulness. It’s helpful to think of mindfulness as the ultimate goal or outcome that many leaders are striving for. It’s a sense of presence, being in the …

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