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Career Development: The Swiss Army Knife of Leadership

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Given today’s hyper-competitive business landscape, career development is quickly being re-branded. Rather than the ‘nice-to-do’ activity of the past, it’s now getting the respect and attention it deserves as the mission-critical business priority that it is. Of all the tools available to leaders, career development just might be the most flexible, effective and far-reaching—with the ability to positively influence the individual and the organization. In fact, it’s so agile and multi-purposed that career development really is the Swiss Army knife that every leader should have and use. While the Swiss Army knife opens bottles, cuts seat belts, and strips wire, …

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Exploring the Myths of Team Building in the Digital Age

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Guest Post by Crystal Kadakia I’m really excited to introduce you to a new Berrett-Koehler author, Crystal Kadakia, who is launching her first book, The Millennial Myth, this week. Crystal’s book is a refreshing take on the current media hype surrounding this now largest segment of today’s workplace. Her message resonates deeply for me given my research last year into generational differences—which, as it turned out, pointed instead to overwhelming similarities Millennials, GenXers and Baby Boomers all share. Here’s a brief article from Crystal that will introduce you to her thoughtful themes and compelling style.  I thoroughly enjoyed The Millennial Myth and …

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When the Growing Gets Tough

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Think about the learning that contributed most powerfully to your development and who you are today. Consider the experiences that built the expertise you use and value most every day. Reflect on what you’re most proud of mastering during the course of your career or life. This memorable learning that has made a significant difference to you (and to the organizations you’ve served) likely didn’t come easily. The kind of learning that sticks with people, helping them achieve lifelong results, generally: Challenges them to change how they think, act, or perform in new ways. Takes significant energy and attention. Involves …

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4 Raises that Fit Any Budget

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A friend recently shared her disappointment that despite earning an ‘exceeds expectations’ on her annual performance appraisal, she received only a 1% salary increase. And she was one of the lucky ones. Some of her peers received no increase and others actually saw their hours decreased. Managers everywhere are having to navigate this challenging organizational terrain—while continuing to drive business results. But the most effective leaders understand that limits on external motivators don’t have to limit their ability to tap internal sources of motivation. They realize that while pay raises might not be possible… there are four other ‘raises’ that …

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Today’s Burning Leadership Question: Are You a Flame or an Ember?

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Michael is a leader in a high-tech organization. He’s charismatic, affable, and the ideal networker due to his highly-social nature.  He gets along with nearly everyone and can lighten the mood of even the toughest meeting with his playfulness and sense of humor. Cara is a leader in the same organization. She’s lower-key and less likely to crack a joke. But she has a reputation for being fair and principled. Others know they can count on her for the straight scoop, even when it’s uncomfortable. Which leader leaves the best impression with others? Which would leave the best impression with …

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Lessons in Stumbling and Set-Backs… from the Big Top

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I recently attended a stage production of Circus 1903, a variety show featuring turn-of-the-century circus acts. The audience enjoyed heart-stopping performances from high-wire artists, aerialists, contortionists, and acrobats from around the world. (While this isn’t intended to be a review, I can highly recommend the show!) Each act was an impressive display of a lifetime (sometimes generations) of muscle and skill building. But the highlight for me had less to do with the strength of the human body and more with the strength of the human spirit. Despite the sophistication and stakes associated with the ‘tricks’, each performance went off …

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And the Envelope Please…

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Few leaders are tested on as big a stage or under as bright a spotlight as Jordan Horowitz and Fred Berger, the producers of LaLa Land, who in a split-second decision, transferred their award to those who made Moonlight. How many of us could…. Graciously pass off a prestigious new contract we’d been awarded to a competitor after being told ‘it was a mistake’? or Generously and genuinely congratulate a colleague who received a job or promotion we were promised? Under these circumstances, it would be very challenging to rise above the personal disappointment and tap into our higher selves. But …

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The 10 Top Trust Terminators

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Trust is nearly synonymous with leadership. And it’s big business. We buy books (from the selection of more than 80,000 about the topic on Amazon). We attend seminars. And we work diligently to cultivate it with employees, peers, supervisors, customers… heck, everyone we know.  But field research suggests that real and lasting trust may depend less on what we do… and more on what we don’t do. What our parents told us growing up is true: years of trustworthy behavior and trust-building efforts can unravel very easily… sometimes with just one act.  In fact, employees report that undermining trust is …

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Employee recognition: The KISS… method

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Recognition may be among today’s most heavily researched leadership and supervision topics. And the results are consistently disturbing: According to studies by Badgeville research, 79% of those who quit their jobs cite lack of appreciation as the main reason. Wichita State University research reported that 81% of employees seldom or never received public praise, 76% seldom or never received written thanks from their managers, and 58% rarely or never received praise from their manager. Gallups’s global research finds that employees around the world consistently express dissatisfaction with feedback and recognition. Making these findings all the more disconcerting is additional research …

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A Manager’s Guide to Navigating High-Stress Times

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Whether it’s a merger, an acquisition, a reorganization, downsizing, a new product launch or political turmoil, there will always be periods of time during which employees experience elevated levels of stress. And as much as we’d like to invoke the old ‘leave it at the door’ mentality, it simply isn’t realistic or viable given today’s workforce. During these high-stress periods, what leaders choose to do can have far-reaching effects beyond simply helping employees focus on the work at hand. Supporting others as they process anxiety creates a very human connection. It builds trust, elevates engagement, and inspires greater levels of …

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