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Confronting the career-development conundrum: 5 tips for busy managers

This article originally appeared at SmartBlog on Leadership in August 2012. Career development appears at the top of many lists. Unfortunately, they tend to be lists focused on what employees desperately want but are not getting from managers. As for managers, most appreciate the value of career development and really wish they could do it…

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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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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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Shining a Light on Focus

Last week’s blog post addressed focus and how most of us have been brainwashed about what it is and how it works. I shared my view that what 90% of the population considers to be focus is actually a huge threat to long-term progress, results, and success. And I suggested the possibility that there’s another…

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Careers, Conversation, and Curiosity

There’s a lot of talk about conversation in business today – and everyone has a favorite.  Some like it ‘fierce’.  Others prefer ‘crucial’. But, we are particularly fond of the career conversation. After 30 years working with managers and employees alike, we are more convinced than ever that people don’t grow because of beautifully-completed forms,…

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