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5 Leadership Strategies that Cultivate Cognitive Diversity

Diversity is among the most critical issues and opportunities we face today. Conscious efforts abound – both in business settings and the world as a whole – to combat prejudice and enhance inclusion. And the focus has, to date, been on such factors as race, gender, age, and religion – all of which are important.…

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Accentuate the Positive!

Today’s managers shoulder the significant responsibility of delivering individual and organizational performance, and doing so in a fast-changing environment. For many, accomplishing this mission involves sophisticated monitoring systems that provide real-time data about how results are tracking against goals, with a focus typically upon when the mark is being missed. Many leaders have become masters…

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Help Employees Own Their Career Development

Want Employees to Own Their Career Development? Try These 2 Things

Career development is among the most confusing and challenging responsibilities facing leaders. (And make no mistake… it is a critical responsibility. My own research finds that across the generations in the workplace today, employees universally agree that “one of a manager’s fundamental roles is to support his/her employees’ career development.”) And yet, many leaders struggle.…

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2020 Vision: One Thing Leaders Must See Clearly in the Coming Year

As a young consultant several years ago, I worked with countless organizations that had dubbed their long-term planning efforts ‘2020 Vision’ – cleverly combining the idea of clarity with the nearly mythical future date. These plans tended to focus on innovative new products, yet-to-be-developed markets, game-changing go-to-market strategies, and tantalizing technologies. As that mythical time…

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Virtual Leaders Should Worry Less About Connectivity and More About Connections

Virtual teams — once a novelty — have now become the norm. Last year, 43% of American employees reported working at least some time remotely. Remote work makes good business sense. Removing geographical constraints allows businesses to source the best available talent. That talent is frequently more focused, engaged and productive than their co-located colleagues. And,…

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An Updated View on Career Development

(Adapted from Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Organizations Need and Employees Want) In the seven years since Beverly Kaye and I originally wrote Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go, career development has only become more  important. In today’s business environment, talent continues to be the major differentiator. As artificial intelligence…

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