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Growth: It’s No Longer Optional

“Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.”    – John Maxwell This has been a favorite quote of mine for some time… a good reminder to take advantage of the happenings around us and leverage them toward personal or professional development.  But looking at it in the context of the 2014 workplace, I’m not sure that the…

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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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Confluent, Convergent Communication

I love it when things flow together. Ingredients in a recipe. People on a team. Colors on a canvas.  Activity streams on a project plan. There’s something magical about different personalities, flavors, events, qualities blending together to create something new – a sum that is greater than and very distinct from its parts. So, you…

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Managers, Mentors, and a Lot More

Chip Bell and Marshall Goldsmith have just introduced another gem into the leadership development world. Managers as Mentors: Building Partnerships for Learning is now available everywhere books are sold. It’s a rich resource, filled with wisdom, perspective, and examples drawn from their impressive careers in the field. But while its focus is on mentoring, the…

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Beauty, Perceptions, and Feedback

Dove is really ‘cleaning up’ in the media these days. Following up on its controversial ‘real beauty’ campaign of recent years, the company has launched another powerful, media-savvy initiative. The Real Beauty Sketches project is based upon the work of Gil Zamora, a forensic artist tasked with blindly sketching comparative images of women based upon…

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Talent Management Systems: Sometimes the Cure Makes the Patient Sicker

Well-intentioned talent management systems are frequently to blame for undermining the quality of career conversations. Development doesn’t occur on schedule, it happens a little bit every day, on the employee’s schedule, through intentional interactions and conversations.

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