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VUCA Career Development for a VUCA Workplace

The expression VUCA has been around for decades. And yet, it’s as relevant today in business as it was when first introduced in the 1980s by the US military. VUCA — which stands for volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity — describes an unpredictable workplace characterized by constant flux, unknowns and unknowables. It’s the new normal…

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Why ‘No Thanks’ is an Unacceptable Response to Development Today

Given the scope and volume of what employees are grappling with today, it’s understandable that many have hit the pause button on their own development. Just getting through the day, concerns about personal safety, and back-to-back video calls frequently consume all of the energy an individual can muster. As a leader, it’s easy to ignore…

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5 Productivity Hacks to Improve Your Work from Home Results

For months, the coronavirus pandemic has relegated office workers everywhere to their homes. Hunched over kitchen tables or attending conference calls from their living room sofas, these workers are truly living the business trope of “do more with less.” As the pandemic continues to force businesses to keep their offices closed (or reduce seating capacity),…

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What is Certain During These Uncertain Times?

I was speaking with a colleague recently who said, “If I hear or read ‘these uncertain times’ once more, I’m going to scream!” And now, everywhere I turn, I’m aware of these words as well – in the news, business articles, podcasts, and advertising. While there’s no argument that the uncertainty is real, perhaps it’s…

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Develop in Place While Sheltering in Place

As a huge portion of the workforce settles into a new ‘abnormal’, at least one thing is crystal clear: When we come out on the other side of this (and we will come out), we will need to be stronger, more resilient, and ready to perform at unparalleled levels. Because, let’s face it, by all…

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A Manager’s Guide to Navigating High-Stress Times

This is an article I wrote some time ago to offer leaders guidance for dealing with others during times of high-stress. Given current events and the unprecedented anxiety facing employees today, I’d like to offer it again in the hope that it offers leaders some tangible behaviors and strategies for connecting with others during these…

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