3 Interviewing Mistakes Smart Managers Routinely Make

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As a manager, recruiting, interviewing, selecting and hiring talent may be among your most valuable contributions to the organization. Let’s face it: on your own, you can do little. But, working with and through experienced and capable team members, you dramatically magnify what’s possible. As a result, interviewing is a high-leverage skill that effective managers must master. Unfortunately, in many organizations, this mission-critical activity doesn’t receive the attention it deserves. Managers frequently find themselves making swift, pressured decisions just to find a “warm body” to fill an open slot. Others relinquish this vital responsibility to intuition, basing decisions on the …

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You are the Steward of Your Legacy

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Guest Post by Peter Giulioni I’m excited to share a guest post from a new blogger whose work I am confident you’ll appreciate: my husband, Peter Giulioni. He brings decades of management consulting, university administration, and life experience to this article on legacy. Coincidentally, I wrote a blog post on the same topic when Peter’s mom (my mother-in-law) died several years ago. So, I guess this is a topic that runs very deep in our family. I hope you enjoy Peter’s foray into blogging—and he welcomes your insight and feedback. When I first thought about writing this blog I, like …

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Beyond Meditation: How Leaders Can Put Mindfulness into Action

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Mindfulness continues to garner significant attention in business. And it makes sense. When companies like Google, Apple, McKinsey, Intel, and General Mills all focus in a particular direction, others will naturally follow—especially when research paints such a compelling picture of the possible benefits of mindfulness, from stress reduction to improved relationships to better problem solving and decision making. There’s no argument that today’s always-connected, 24/7 workplace is ripe for mindfulness. People aren’t paying attention to what they’re doing 46.9% of the time according to research by psychologists Matthew A. Killingsworth and Daniel T. Gilbert of Harvard University. Depending upon the study one consults, US …

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Let’s Get Smarter About Goal-Setting

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The rhythm that we established as school children lives on in many of us.  Admit it: You get antsy in the spring, realizing that summer is just around the corner. Feeling like September is a fresh start, you clear out a few old files and bring in a few new office supplies. ‘Back to school’ is a groove that many of us fall back into long after we’ve graduated and moved on. We think of this time of year as an opportunity to focus and work diligently to achieve what was set out as objectives for the year… all in …

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How to Foster an Organizational Culture of Learning

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Guest Post by Courtney McIntosh Increasingly, organizations are discovering the value of investing in a learning culture. And it makes sense, learning drives engagement, retention, innovation and so many other business priorities. That’s why I’m delighted to host this guest post by Courtney McIntosh with actionable insights and access to findcourses.com’s L&D Report 2018. Let’s all learn together about this… and please share what you and your organization are doing to promote a learning culture. Learning culture, defined by Stephen Gill, co-owner of Learning to be Great LLC as “a work environment that supports and encourages the continuous and collective …

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Vexed by Virtual?

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Virtual teams—once a novelty—have become a standard feature of today’s workplace. According to Remote.co, a forecast of employment trends by the World Economic Forum called flexible work, including virtual teams, “one of the biggest drivers of transformation” in the workplace, while a Gallup poll found that 37 percent of respondents have already worked virtually. And virtual work makes tremendous sense in terms of cost savings, productivity improvements and the ability to engage the best talent literally anywhere in the world. But, despite its popularity, many organizations and the leaders responsible for the teams continue to struggle with countless challenges. How about you? Which of …

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Help Them Grow: 19 Powerful Ways to Build Confidence in Children

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Guest Post by Karin Hurt and David Dye I am a huge fan of questions! My early days as a training facilitator proved that not only did I learn more by asking great questions, but I could help others learn more with them as well. And that’s why I’m so excited about this guest post by my friends David Dye, Karin Hurt, and their 12-year-old son Sebastian. They’ve written a children’s book, Glowstone Peak, a story designed to build courage and leadership in children. To be honest, though, there are a lot of lessons for us adults as well. I hope …

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Rethinking Your Response When an Employee Resigns

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“I quit!” These words strike fear in the hearts of managers everywhere. Resignations represent one of the most emotional, stressful and challenging situations leaders face. They undermine confidence in ourselves, our leadership and our organizations. They threaten the status quo. And they have the potential to compromise team dynamics and business results. Continuum of responses No wonder many managers demonstrate reflexive—and not always constructive—responses to these two emotionally charged words. In fact, leadership responses to resignations frequently fall toward one end of the following continuum or the other. Many managers panic and immediately begin a scramble to turn back the …

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Persist or Pivot? 8 Questions to Determine How to Move Your Plan Forward

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Planning is a cornerstone of leadership and a foundational competency required for success in today’s complex and uncertain business environment. Love it or hate it (and plenty of managers and supervisors do hate it), planning is a non-negotiable priority for anyone responsible for driving results. Yet, this key activity that ensures alignment, appropriate resource allocation, risk mitigation and organizational support is fraught with challenges. Field research over the past two years highlights the most persistent planning problems facing leaders. Propensity for action A natural bias for action on the part of many leaders teamed with a time-starved workplace conspire to …

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Why “Okay” Isn’t Good Enough for Remote Leaders

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Guest Post by Kevin Eikenberry and Wayne Turmel I’ve been following the work of Kevin Eikenberry for the past six year and consistently find his writing to be high-quality and highly practical. Teaming up with co-author Wayne Turmel, The Long-Distance Leader is no exception. Given today’s highly distributed workforce, leaders are challenged to find ways to connect, build trust, engage, and drive performance across geographies, time zones and cultures. This book delivers actionable, in-the-trenches advice for these leaders, offering everything from 19 Rules for Remarkable Remote Leadership to detailed guidance about communicating and coaching. I’d consider this required reading for the …

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