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What’s your Story? Leadership and Storytelling

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Storytelling — once the stuff of childhood nighttime rituals — has grown up and is quickly becoming a go-to tool in the very adult world of business. MBA programs, workshops, and coaches all offer strategies and support to help today’s leaders craft a better story. And it makes sense. According to Pamela B Rutledge, Ph.D., in her post on Psychology Today, “The Psychological Power of Storytelling,” “Stories are how we think. They are how we make meaning of life. … Stories are how we explain how things work, how we make decisions, how we justify our decisions, how we persuade others, how …

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Agility is Today’s Most Critical Leadership Competency

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A friend who coaches a girls soccer team recently shared, that after a tough loss, one of her 13-year-old players said, “Well, you know coach, you either win or you learn.” Yeah! We really are coming to appreciate the value of failure and experiments that don’t go exactly as expected. But it’s not just mistakes that have value; there’s tremendous instructive power in successes as well. In fact, what distinguishes today’s most effective leaders is that they learn from everything and everyone they encounter. They demonstrate learning agility. Why learn agility now? No one will argue that today’s business climate …

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The Risky Business of Leadership Development

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Business success today demands careful attention to risk management. Contingency plans, redundant systems, business continuity insurance, and countless other vehicles protect organizations from the volatility and unpredictability of today’s business landscape. But there’s one area where risk should actually be cultivated rather than averted, and it’s the on-the-job growth, learning and development of leaders. By definition, developing a leadership capability, skill or experience set means throwing someone into the unknown to do what he or she has not mastered or perhaps even attempted before. There are no guarantees of success when a leader is given an opportunity to develop on …

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Creativity: It’s What’s Missing from Career Development

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A significant investment is made each year on studies, training, portals and programs related to career development; yet, the return on this investment continues to disappoint organizations, leaders and employees alike. And it’s unfortunate, because what’s needed doesn’t cost even a dollar. What’s needed to ensure healthy, sustainable career development is creativity. “Creativity” and “career development” rarely come up in the same sentence. In fact, many organizations have inadvertently wrung a lot of creativity out of career development through the creation of complicated systems, processes, step-wise tools and forms. Yet what they’re discovering is, the more sophisticated the individual development …

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If Not the Annual Performance Appraisal, Then What?

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The annual performance appraisal might be among the most reviled of time-honored workplace traditions. And it makes sense. Managers must invest countless hours in a process that endeavors to boil a year’s worth of a human being’s contribution down to a series of check boxes, numeric ratings, and bulleted highlights. Employees—those human beings whose contributions are being over-simplified—may look forward to a chance to discuss their performance (since those conversations generally happen infrequently) but often leave feeling empty, demoralized, and undervalued. As organizations like Microsoft, Adobe Systems, and The Gap jump ship on the traditional performance appraisal and the press …

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The Versatile Coach

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Guest Post by Karen Voloshin The makeup of the workforce has never been more varied. A mix of cultures and backgrounds surround us. We bring a wide range of different work and life experiences. Motivations and priorities differ. Differences in style, work preferences and the conditions under which we do our best work—all are part of the fabric of who we are. The best leaders take all of this into account, particularly in the way they coach. In this article, you will learn how to adjust your coaching conversations to better connect with each individual and get the best results. …

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The FUEL that Propels Today’s Organizations

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Organizations today face unparalleled pressures and challenges—from balancing the needs of customers and shareholders to combating new and evolving competitive forces to anticipating and planning for an uncertain future by ensuring a never-ending flow of innovations and improvements. It’s an exhausting 24/7 effort that can leave many organizations—and the individuals within them—depleted. Yet despite the punishing conditions, some organizations thrive. Their employees remain energized and effective in the face of initiatives and tasks that are daunting to others. What accounts for the difference? Why are some organizations propelled forward while others stall? It all comes down to what powers the …

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Subtle sabotage: The invisible impediment to change

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Change is a deeply human phenomenon, activating deeply human responses that don’t always help to advance organizational goals relative to change. But given today’s business environment—in which it seems that constant and escalating change is the fuel behind much progress and results—leaders must quickly master their ability to understand and constructively respond to the range of responses that could inhibit success. Any leader who’s been on the job for more than a day has seen evidence of some of the most frequent and noticeable employee responses to change: Open resistance, characterized by the obvious and verbalized messages that let you …

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Career Development Begins with CARE

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Career development is among the most personal and intimate ways leaders interact with employees in the workplace. These conversations are the nexus of hopes, dreams, perceptions, and business realities. They are also a key driver of important outcomes like engagement, discretionary effort, innovation, quality, productivity and retention. Leaders who excel at career development know that navigating these conversations effectively requires CARE. But CARE involves more than mere concern and or even active attention to others. Genuine development today is characterized by an evolving set of expectations and requirements.  Leaders who CARE find ways to make sure that their efforts and …

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Battling the Bulge: Handling the Expectations of Too Many Employees for Too Few Promotions

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Many organizations today are fighting the battle of the bulge. No, it has nothing to do with wellness programs, insurance premiums or weight loss competitions. But it is a huge health hazard for business. Over the past decade, many companies and institutions have suffered downsizing, right sizing, outsourcing, rationalizing and a whole lot of other ‘zings’ that have dramatically changed the organizational landscape. Structures are meaner and leaner. Baby boomers are waiting longer to retire. The old corporate ladder has toppled. Yet many organizations have continued to hire and set expectations with employees that, if they perform well, they’ll enjoy …

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