Monthly Archives: March 2013

The One Question to Stop Asking Kids… and Ourselves

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Think back to when you were a kid in the presence of adults. I’ll bet I can predict the question you were asked more than any other.  What do you want to be when you grow up? From a very early age, I remember the adults around me regularly making this inquiry. For a while, the answer was a ‘majorette in a band’. Then I aspired to being an ‘elevator operator’ before graduating to ‘teacher’.  I always received the best response to ‘doctor’… so I stuck with that for quite a while. And so my training began. I learned that …

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Building the Bench

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Just as many organizations begin to feel that they’re stabilizing after a long period of economic uncertainty, they may find themselves facing a new and unexpected challenge: deficient management bench strength. According to the American Management Association’s study of nearly 1,000 companies, just 28% of respondents believe that their organizations have sufficient leadership depth. Nearly three-quarters experience uneven or inadequate bench strength. And 18% have serious management gaps. The past several years of belt-tightening and focusing narrowly on ‘getting the work out the door’ while cutting training budgets and deferring development has taken a toll. Now is the time to …

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Closing the Door… on Closure

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Poll ten highly successful people and you’ll likely find that nine have a very high need for closure.  You know that you’re among them if you: Feel most comfortable when a meeting ends with a good recap and solid next steps. Get an unusual sense of satisfaction out of crossing things off your to-do list. Consistently are the one who can tell others where they left off with a story (primarily because you really need to know how it ended). Sit in the car a moment longer to hear the end of the song. While there’s a narrow, psychological definition …

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Evaluating Social Media: Metrics that Matter

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I know that it’s customary to set goals, evaluate results, or just think and plan in terms of years. But for me, nine months is the magic number. Maybe it’s because with a thoughtful nine-month assessment, there’s still time left to course-correct and deliver annual results. Or maybe it’s because if one cell can become a human being after a nine month gestation period, what else is  more complex or important enough to justify taking longer? So, as I approach my 9-month anniversary of entering the world of social media, it’s time to take stock. What have a learned? What …

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