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Battling the Bulge: Handling the Expectations of Too Many Employees for Too Few Promotions

Many organizations today are fighting the battle of the bulge. No, it has nothing to do with wellness programs, insurance premiums or weight loss competitions. But it is a huge health hazard for business. Over the past decade, many companies and institutions have suffered downsizing, right sizing, outsourcing, rationalizing and a whole lot of other…

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Career Development: The Swiss Army Knife of Leadership

Given today’s hyper-competitive business landscape, career development is quickly being re-branded. Rather than the ‘nice-to-do’ activity of the past, it’s now getting the respect and attention it deserves as the mission-critical business priority that it is. Of all the tools available to leaders, career development just might be the most flexible, effective and far-reaching—with the…

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When the Growing Gets Tough

Think about the learning that contributed most powerfully to your development and who you are today. Consider the experiences that built the expertise you use and value most every day. Reflect on what you’re most proud of mastering during the course of your career or life. This memorable learning that has made a significant difference…

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How Local Attention Can Solve The Global Retention Problem

I am willing to make a prediction. One of the items generating the lowest satisfaction scores on your company’s employee engagement survey is something like ‘greater opportunities for advancement.’  How many surveys and how much lost talent will it take for leaders to recognize the seriousness of this situation? Think about the time and resources…

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Want to Institutionalize Career Development? Look for (or Cultivate) these Cultural Markers

Global field research over the past decade consistently leads to the same conclusion: The simple human act of helping people grow has become very complicated. Processes overshadow people. Deadlines trump genuine development. And a checklist mentality competes with creating authentic connections. But interviews with and input from thousands of leaders worldwide offer a different view…

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Which Comes First?

In preparation for an upcoming executive education session, I conducted a quick pulse survey earlier this month. I wanted to understand whether the leaders attending my training believe that there is a difference in the importance of career development to their employees based upon their current level of performance. And they do. A Picture of…

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