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Category: Career Matters

Transforming While Performing

I’m always surprised when leaders explain to me why it’s hard to make development a priority. They invariably say that it comes down to time. It’s not uncommon to hear some variation of: “My people are so maxed out, over-burdened, and under-resourced, that they don’t have a spare minute to dedicate to their development.” But…

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Unconscious Competence or Catatonic Complacency?

If you’ve attended more than a workshop or two in your career, you’ve likely been introduced to the four stages of competence or the four stages of learning any new skill.  Developed in the 1970’s by Noel Burch, this model describes the process by which new skills are acquired: Unconscious incompetence: You’re blissfully ignorant of…

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Career Development Today: Is Your Head Screwed on Straight?

Surviving and thriving in today’s dynamic workplace demands one thing above all else: having your head screwed on straight about career development.  The mixed messages and ever-changing expectations have left many employees genuinely befuddled. So, here’s a guide to the mindsets that will make sense out of the complex environment in which most of us…

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A Word about Welcoming New Workers: Three Secrets to Satisfaction, Engagement, and Retention

First impressions apply to organizations as well as individuals.  If you’ve ever hired someone, you know that employers have a short window during which to capture the hearts and minds of a new employee. Unfortunately too frequently the window closes… about the same time that a door opens and the disappointed, disillusioned employee walks out!…

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Hard Data about the Soft Skills Gap

 Which of the following do you feel best defines the ‘gap’ in the US workforce skills gap? Lack of soft skills Lack of technical skills Lack of strong leadership skills Lack of computer-based technology skills NA – I don’t think there is a gap in the US workforce This is the question recently asked by…

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Instigate Insight: A Constructive Conspiracy

Guest Post by Karen Voloshin, DesignArounds In their book Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want two of my favorite colleagues Julie Winkle Giulioni and Beverly Kaye stress that  compelling conversation is at the heart of  career development that moves and inspires others. They go on to introduce us to three…

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