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Checkpoint 2021: The Top Read Blog Posts

2020 is safely (and thankfully!) in our rearview mirror. And now we’ve made it through the first half of 2021.  This seemed the perfect time to look back at our most popular blog content over the past six months.  The most popular posts were not surprisingly focused on leadership and career development.  This past year has certainly amplified the importance of these two topics as we strive to sustain and retaining a healthy and thriving workforce.  Enjoy this look back at our five top-read posts.


Most Read Posts Published in 2021

The Gravitational Pull of Weakness

In many organizations, the bulk of a leader’s performance management efforts focus on improvement opportunities (aka ‘weaknesses’.) Consider this more nuanced take on strengths and weaknesses – and consider using the questions to facilitate a richer conversation with employees and others.

Image by Comfreak from Pixabay

3 Career Development Questions to Stop Asking Employees

This time of transition and today’s tighter labor market have inspired many organizations to reconceive many dimensions of the employee experience – including career development. Three questions to bake out of the system  – as well as alternatives designed to launch a more contemporary, productive, expansive, and satisfying career conversation – are the focus of this article.

Photo by Olya Kobruseva from Pexels.

Developing Leaders: Turning Life into Learning

Life is filled with an ever-changing kaleidoscope of challenges that offer tremendous opportunities for learning and growth. Ordinary occurrences during a normal day at work can be as instructive as the most carefully crafted training exercise… for leaders who recognize this and know how to turn life into learning.

Photo by Jehyun Sung on Unsplash

What does a Career Look Like in Today’s World?

Today’s business landscape is wildly different than that of the past. In environments where developing careers is no longer as readily accessible or possible, the key is to determine what else can be developed instead. What matters most to employees? What will serve them today and into the future?

Photo by Michele Bitetto on Unsplash

One Pandemic Upside: Humanity on Display

It’s undeniable that the pandemic has brought fear and loss that must be honored. But it also may have brought us closer to ourselves and to each other, offering permission to be human, and infusing some much-needed grace and humanity into the workplace.

And stay tuned. I look forward to sharing even more content on these topics as well as my new book, Promotions Are SO Yesterday (to be published in March by ATD Press.)

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