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How Exceptional People Developers Beat Bad Systems

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A manager who doesn’t appreciate the value of something or simply doesn’t want to do it will always find an excuse not to. And, when it comes to employee development, one doesn’t have to look far for a legitimate one! Organizations unwittingly create impediments to growing people—something that’s recognized as a competitive advantage and requirement for sustainable success. Which barriers have you witnessed or experienced? A corporate schedule requiring that hours and hours of development planning and conversations be forced into a short window—frequently in the same time frame as budgeting or other mission-critical activities. Unnatural performance management systems and …

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Are You a Micromanager or a Macromanager?

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Micromanager. It’s one of the least flattering labels one can be tagged with in business today. It connotes an unproductive level of involvement in the work and work products, excessive need for control, nit-pickiness, attention to unnecessary details and a generally unpleasant overall workplace experience. Nobody wants to be a called a micromanager. Question: But, what’s the alternative? Answer: Become a macromanager! Macromanagement is an alternative way of dealing with employees and others that honors who they are and what they know, while at the same time driving engagement and sustainable results. This table provides a high-level overview of how macromanagement differs …

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Want to Institutionalize Career Development? Look for (or Cultivate) these Cultural Markers

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Global field research over the past decade consistently leads to the same conclusion: The simple human act of helping people grow has become very complicated. Processes overshadow people. Deadlines trump genuine development. And a checklist mentality competes with creating authentic connections. But interviews with and input from thousands of leaders worldwide offer a different view of what’s needed to support genuine and sustainable career development. When asked specifically what helped them develop most powerfully, 8500+ leaders offered these observations. At its core, career development is all about conversation, commitment, opportunities, and culture. And organizations that understand this enjoy a range …

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Respect is Not A Given

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Guest Post by Ritch K. Eich Continuing the theme of respect, I’m delighted to share this guest post by Ritch K. Eich author of “Truth, Trust + Tenacity: How Ordinary People Become Extraordinary Leaders” (2015); “Leadership Requires Extra Innings: Lessons on Leading from a Life in the Trenches” (2013); “Real Leaders Don’t Boss: Inspire, Motivate and Earn Respect from Employees and Watch Your Organization Soar” (2012). One of the critical lessons I’ve learned in life – and it extends beyond the workplace – is the importance of respect. This may seem old-fashioned or trite in the days of, “I got mine, …

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Looking for Lasting Commitment… Beyond Engagement

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Leaders are enamored with employee engagement. They repeatedly conduct surveys to assess it and hold meetings to address it. Yet, despite the millions of dollars that are invested annually, engagement continues to be among employees’ biggest disappointments and management’s top challenges. Maybe it’s time to re-think our expectations… to reframe the issue… to take the next logical step. What’s beyond engagement?  Well, in life outside of work, it’s typically marriage. ROMANTIC PARALLELS Couples enter into a romantic engagement as a transition to another, more committed state. In 2010, the average time from proposal to wedding was 15 months. ‘Five years’ …

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Auditing Antidotes: 10 Ideas for Reconnecting, Revitalizing, and Recommitting

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Last week, I shared with you how a yoga instructor’s admonition “don’t just audit your practice” prompted me to consider how the act of auditing happens in all dimensions of life… including work. But let’s be honest. Life and energy are in constant flux and flow. It’s only natural that some days we feel more engaged, passionate, and plugged in than others. The problem creeps in when we experience a sustained period of distancing ourselves from work, insulating ourselves from a sense of responsibility and accountability for what happens, and missing a visceral connection to the good, bad, or ugly …

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