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Are You Just Auditing? 3 Sure-Fire Signs

During a recent early morning yoga class, the instructor admonished the group with five words that have haunted me ever since: “Don’t just audit your practice.” I was guilty as charged… but not just at yoga. How frequently do we audit other dimensions of life – relationships, even work? In an educational setting, auditing a…

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A Few Words on Focus at TEDx

In November, I had the privilege of delivering my first TEDx talk on a topic of particular interest to me: focus. Although my focus has served to support my personal advancement and achievement, it’s also done damage that I haven’t really talked about… until now.

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Career Conversations: It’s All About Becoming Unbalanced

Supporting employee development. Learning about others. Exploring options and possibilities for growth. What do all of these conversations have in common? To be effective, they require you to become completely unbalanced. I’m not suggesting developing vertigo or psychological problems… quite the opposite. What I am suggesting is a different – more effective – approach to…

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Building the Organizational Habit of Career Development

Let’s be honest. Engaging in career conversations is not that hard. It’s inherently simple to talk with other people about what they’re good at, what they’re interested in, and where they see themselves going. It’s good for business to understand and leverage the capacity of all employees. It builds trust, loyalty, and engagement… which in…

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Reflections from a Reluctant Receiver

I have totally internalized those early messages about how ‘it’s always better to give than to receive.’ Perhaps too much. My anxiety starts creeping up when I realize that I’ve been to someone’s house for dinner twice in a row without reciprocating in between. I can’t receive a compliment without wanting to share one in…

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The New DNA of Training and Development Success

I recently had the privilege of working with the training department in a large insurance company headquartered on the east coast. Their challenge is to continue to scale their efforts. More projects. Larger engagements. Closer partnerships with internal clients. Greater quality. All with lean resources. They are not unique. It’s a challenge they share with…

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