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5 Phrases Every Supervisor Should Adopt

Supervisors are the lynchpins in any organization. They are the link between management and the employees who build the products, deliver the services, and take care of the customers day-in and day-out. They are on the frontline, the leading (and sometimes bleeding) edge, closest to the action and the realities of business. Supervisors are also […]

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Belief Opens Doors

In your quest for career success, suppose you had to choose just one of the following: perfectly-honed skills, ideal opportunities, or someone who really believes in you.  Which would you pick? This is the question a friend recently posed, thinking it would spark an interesting debate. She was disappointed that this wasn’t a more intriguing […]

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Holding the Mirror Up: 6 Practical Truths about Career Development Today

Guest Post by Karen Voloshin, DesignArounds Whether you call it “developing a talent pipeline”, “employee growth”, or “career development”, the aim is the same: helping everyone develop and bring their best strengths and talents to the organizational table in a way that inspires extra effort and commitment.  Outpacing the competition, breakthrough innovations, more loyal customers […]

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Common Career Advice That’s Well-Intended, Well-Worn, and Well – Full of It!

Over the course of your life, how much career advice have you given? Received? Acted on?  How much of it was right on the mark?  How much of it well, full of it? Too frequently well-meaning individuals, in an effort to share their experience and inspire others, offer platitudes rather than meaningful counsel. These phrases […]

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Context Changes Everything

The actual, unedited text exchange to the right between my son’s girlfriend and his loving mother (me!) might leave the uninformed reader confused. What could possibly be good or exciting about salmonella poisoning? Why the celebratory tone around news of such a terrible diagnosis? If we’d heard the news five days earlier, the conversation would […]

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Team, Group, or Train Wreck?

Teams and teamwork are among the most frequently written about and searched for topics in business today. From senior executives to frontline supervisors, leaders everywhere are looking for strategies to get the most from others. The first and most fundamental challenge they face lies in vocabulary… because the term ‘team’ is used very casually and […]

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