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How to Foster an Organizational Culture of Learning

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Guest Post by Courtney McIntosh Increasingly, organizations are discovering the value of investing in a learning culture. And it makes sense, learning drives engagement, retention, innovation and so many other business priorities. That’s why I’m delighted to host this guest post by Courtney McIntosh with actionable insights and access to findcourses.com’s L&D Report 2018. Let’s all learn together about this… and please share what you and your organization are doing to promote a learning culture. Learning culture, defined by Stephen Gill, co-owner of Learning to be Great LLC as “a work environment that supports and encourages the continuous and collective …

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Now Is The Time for Introverted Leaders

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Guest Post by Jennifer Kahnweiler I could not be more pleased to host this week’s guest post from my friend, Jennifer Kahnweiler. Jennifer was one of the first Berrett-Koehler authors I met after publishing Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go. I have been so grateful for her warmth and her wisdom. As an introvert myself, I’ve frequently bumped up against stereotypes and misconceptions about what leadership looks like. Jennifer’s books illuminate introversion – and how to optimize its quiet power. In this second edition of The Introverted Leader (which I highly recommend!), she updates her bestselling classic and offers new insights …

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Catching Organizational Culture

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Guest Post by Marcella Bremer I’m delighted to host this guest blog from Marcella Bremer, author of Developing a Positive Culture. Marcella’s work focuses on the practical steps that anyone can take to develop a positive culture. She draws on research and field work to offer a range of tools to engage others and contribute to a constructive and productive workplace. Did you ever “catch” organizational culture as it happened? Maybe not consciously, but you did. Just like the deeper layers of values, a culture is represented and sustained in the daily (inter)actions. What do the routine, mundane interactions within …

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Career Development: A 5-Year Retrospective

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Five years have passed since I wrote Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want with Beverly Kaye. It’s been a transformative time for me both personally and professionally as I’ve had the opportunity to travel the world, talking with business leaders from all walks of life about their commitment to the development of their people. From China to Lithuania, from Brazil to Russia, from Muscatine to Washington DC, I’ve connected with thousands of managers who are working tirelessly to support the growth of their people—and those who want to learn to do it better. And I’ve …

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What’s your Story? Leadership and Storytelling

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Storytelling — once the stuff of childhood nighttime rituals — has grown up and is quickly becoming a go-to tool in the very adult world of business. MBA programs, workshops, and coaches all offer strategies and support to help today’s leaders craft a better story. And it makes sense. According to Pamela B Rutledge, Ph.D., in her post on Psychology Today, “The Psychological Power of Storytelling,” “Stories are how we think. They are how we make meaning of life. … Stories are how we explain how things work, how we make decisions, how we justify our decisions, how we persuade others, how …

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Career Development Begins with CARE

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Career development is among the most personal and intimate ways leaders interact with employees in the workplace. These conversations are the nexus of hopes, dreams, perceptions, and business realities. They are also a key driver of important outcomes like engagement, discretionary effort, innovation, quality, productivity and retention. Leaders who excel at career development know that navigating these conversations effectively requires CARE. But CARE involves more than mere concern and or even active attention to others. Genuine development today is characterized by an evolving set of expectations and requirements.  Leaders who CARE find ways to make sure that their efforts and …

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The Engagement Ring

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Engagement continues to be a big topic in leadership circles… and a bit of a mystery to many. We assign numbers to it. Chart it. Analyze it. Fret over it. All because we know how just how critical it is in business today – the key to individual satisfaction, leadership success,  and sustainable organizational results. In this brief animated video, we’ll crack the code on engagement.  Specifically, I’ll outline exactly why leaders need to make enabling engagement job #1…. and what they can expect to gain if they do. I hope you enjoy the video… and I would love to hear your …

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Career Development: The Swiss Army Knife of Leadership

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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 ability to positively influence the individual and the organization. In fact, it’s so agile and multi-purposed that career development really is the Swiss Army knife that every leader should have and use. While the Swiss Army knife opens bottles, cuts seat belts, and strips wire, …

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When the Growing Gets Tough

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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 to you (and to the organizations you’ve served) likely didn’t come easily. The kind of learning that sticks with people, helping them achieve lifelong results, generally: Challenges them to change how they think, act, or perform in new ways. Takes significant energy and attention. Involves …

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A Manager’s Guide to Navigating High-Stress Times

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Whether it’s a merger, an acquisition, a reorganization, downsizing, a new product launch or political turmoil, there will always be periods of time during which employees experience elevated levels of stress. And as much as we’d like to invoke the old ‘leave it at the door’ mentality, it simply isn’t realistic or viable given today’s workforce. During these high-stress periods, what leaders choose to do can have far-reaching effects beyond simply helping employees focus on the work at hand. Supporting others as they process anxiety creates a very human connection. It builds trust, elevates engagement, and inspires greater levels of …

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