Monthly Archives: June 2012

Woo the Crew

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Last month, I was sitting in the auditorium of my 8th grader’s school.  Other parents were watching the singing and dancing.  I, on the other hand, had my eye trained on the sets and props. You see, my daughter was part of the stage crew. At her school, the kids must apply (and even pay an activity fee) for the honor of working backstage. And they do it with glee. Although I didn’t say it out loud, I found myself wondering: What would make 13 year-old kids (not exactly the most selfless age) give up precious free time to move …

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The Blessing of the Dropped Ball

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I’ll admit it. I suffer from a little bit of SWS (Super Woman Syndrome). OK, maybe a lot.  I entered adulthood in the ‘you can have it all’ era and, although I’ve read plenty of self-help books and dedicate myself (weekly) to the idea of balance, I can’t seem to exorcise it. Is it so bad that I take pride in doing it all – and doing it well? For me there’s always time do one more thing, take on one more committee, agree to one more meeting. In the process I know I put myself (and those closest to …

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Updating the Definition of Career Development

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Few will argue that career development is important, a challenge for most managers, and a high stakes game in organizations today. Where the argument begins is around what career development actually is. Too frequently, form trumps function.  Literally.  For many managers, career development is all about the form, checkboxes, and deadlines. Now, don’t get us wrong. Individual development plans (IDPs) are essential.  Annual talent reviews and discussions are critical. Timely completion of necessary documentation is a must. The organization counts on all of this. But, believe it or not, no employee we’ve ever interviewed has said anything like, “For me …

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