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Category: Leadership Matters

Careers, Conversation, and Curiosity

There’s a lot of talk about conversation in business today – and everyone has a favorite.  Some like it ‘fierce’.  Others prefer ‘crucial’. But, we are particularly fond of the career conversation. After 30 years working with managers and employees alike, we are more convinced than ever that people don’t grow because of beautifully-completed forms,…

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The 5 Raises that Fit Any Budget

Let’s face it. Budgets are tight. Raise pools are shallow. And even as business improves, we may find that the new normal is considerably leaner than it used to be. If you’re a manager, you may feel like your hands are tied when it comes to motivating and growing your employees.  Without money… How can…

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Which Would you Rather?

My daughter’s favorite way to pass the time on long trips is the game ‘Would You Rather.’ If you haven’t had the pleasure of playing, here’s a quick primer. One person asks the question, “Would you rather” followed by two equally unsavory choices. Example: Would you rather… eat peanut butter from between the dog’s toes or…

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The Blessing of the Dropped Ball

I’ll admit it. I suffer from a little bit of SWS (Super Woman Syndrome). OK, maybe a lot.  I entered adulthood in the ‘you can have it all’ era and, although I’ve read plenty of self-help books and dedicate myself (weekly) to the idea of balance, I can’t seem to exorcise it. Is it so…

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Updating the Definition of Career Development

Few will argue that career development is important, a challenge for most managers, and a high stakes game in organizations today. Where the argument begins is around what career development actually is. Too frequently, form trumps function.  Literally.  For many managers, career development is all about the form, checkboxes, and deadlines. Now, don’t get us…

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