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Up Was Never for Everyone

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Guest Post by Beverly Kaye, Lindy Williams and Lynn Cowart I’m delighted to celebrate the launch of Beverly Kaye’s new book, Up is Not the Only Way, with this excerpt. Bev is a legend in the career development field and I feel fortunate to have co-authored Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go with her. In her latest book she explores the case for (and opportunities associated with) considering growth in non-vertical ways. I’m certain you’ll enjoy this preview and her take on this timely topic. Careers used to be predictable. There were paths and ladders. The hierarchy worked – for …

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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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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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Sustainability and Focus

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Sustainability gets a lot of attentions these days… and rightly so. As a society, we’re bringing greater consciousness to the preservation and endurance of the environment, energy, and more. Yet, there’s one precious natural resource that rarely gets the same attention. And for too many people, it’s reaching dangerous depletion levels. How sustainable is the personal energy you bring to the focus you deploy against your goals, mission, and purpose in life? Throughout our upbringing, school and work experiences, many successful individuals have learned and honed a potentially destructive form of focus: the forced and fierce variety. You may recognize …

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How Well-Populated is Your Pipeline?

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Last year, the Aberdeen Group conducted a research study exploring the business impact of building learning capability. Using three key performance criteria to distinguish best-in-class companies, it was found that: 83% of employees in these companies received performance ratings of ‘exceeds performance expectations’; 13% experienced year-over-year improvement to revenue per full-time equivalent; and 78% of key roles have one or more ready-and-willing successors. It’s that last statistic that caught my attention. Best-in-class organizations enjoy a steady stream of talent, being grown and developed in the wings. With this kind of robust pipeline, transitions occur with ease, the negative effect of …

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Striving for Second… or Maybe Third

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I ran for and was elected to one of three open local school board seats earlier this month. The experience was filled with learning… about politics, our community, campaigning, and myself! As a Type A, highly driven, excellence-oriented achiever, I’m accustomed to setting my sights for the top. The highest A in a class, sales leader, #1 utilization rate, off-the-charts end-of-class ratings. Like so many others (you included, I would imagine), I have spent a lifetime developing an unconscious habit of striving for the top… in all things – those that matter and those that don’t.  School. Work. Words with …

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Belief Opens Doors

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In your quest for career success, suppose you had to choose just one of the following: perfectly-honed skills, ideal opportunities, or someone who really believes in you.  Which would you pick? This is the question a friend recently posed, thinking it would spark an interesting debate. She was disappointed that this wasn’t a more intriguing or meaty topic for me. Or perhaps she was surprised that someone who’s dedicated her professional life to training and learning wouldn’t have automatically picked door #1. Without even thinking, I responded with what I know in my soul… that having someone who honestly and …

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Lean Out

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Last week I had the pleasure of participating in a client retreat. After my part of the agenda was complete, I was invited to stay on and enjoy the other speakers. I’ll be honest… I was tempted to hop on the first plane back to the office. But something encouraged me to stay… and thank goodness. The second day of this client’s event was led by a skillful facilitator from The Energy Project (Tony Schwartz’s firm dedicated to renewal). Their premise is that humans are built to: a) spend and b) renew energy…. and the problem is that we tend …

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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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A Few Words on Focus at TEDx

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In November, I had the privilege of delivering my first TEDx talk on a topic of particular interest to me: focus. Although my focus has served to support my personal advancement and achievement, it’s also done damage that I haven’t really talked about… until now.

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