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Let’s Get Smarter About Goal-Setting

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The rhythm that we established as school children lives on in many of us.  Admit it: You get antsy in the spring, realizing that summer is just around the corner. Feeling like September is a fresh start, you clear out a few old files and bring in a few new office supplies. ‘Back to school’ is a groove that many of us fall back into long after we’ve graduated and moved on. We think of this time of year as an opportunity to focus and work diligently to achieve what was set out as objectives for the year… all in …

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Develop or Die

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There seems to be a trend in development today… maybe you’ve noticed it.  Perhaps because they’re woefully overburdened with spans of control that are inhuman and inhumane, or perhaps because training and development budgets have been cut to the bone yet again leaving in their wake a sense of scarcity, or perhaps because the corporate ladder has narrowed dramatically and the rungs that are left look a bit rickety – whatever the reason, managers are willingly accepting their employees’ lack of interest in development. Working with several organizations recently, I’ve experienced many managers who respond with relief when their employees …

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What’s Your ‘Leader-Print’?

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This article first appeared at Lead Change Group in July 2012. Ever wonder why there are more than 350,000 leadership titles on amazon.com? The plethora of models, seminars, speakers, authors, and books on the topic confirms something I’ve been thinking for a while: leadership is less a science (or even an art); it’s more an individual expression… as unique and one-of-a-kind as a snowflake or a leader’s own fingerprint. No wonder so many people have such different takes on it! This expression of leadership is born from the full range of our experiences. Upbringing and parents. Relationships.Work. Other responsibilities. We …

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Staying Afloat

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Paddle boarding is my favorite summer pastime. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a cross between kayaking and surfing that involves standing on a long board and using an oar to maneuver around a body of water. Easy, right? Not always. On a recent outing during which weather conditions were a little challenging, I was determined not to fall into the ocean. So I focused squarely on the three most critical factors: the waves, the wind, and the wake of other vessels.  As long as I sustained that focus on those 3-Ws, I was stable and able to move …

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Belief Opens Doors

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In your quest for career success, suppose you had to choose just one of the following: perfectly-honed skills, ideal opportunities, or someone who really believes in you.  Which would you pick? This is the question a friend recently posed, thinking it would spark an interesting debate. She was disappointed that this wasn’t a more intriguing or meaty topic for me. Or perhaps she was surprised that someone who’s dedicated her professional life to training and learning wouldn’t have automatically picked door #1. Without even thinking, I responded with what I know in my soul… that having someone who honestly and …

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Common Career Advice That’s Well-Intended, Well-Worn, and Well – Full of It!

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Over the course of your life, how much career advice have you given? Received? Acted on?  How much of it was right on the mark?  How much of it well, full of it? Too frequently well-meaning individuals, in an effort to share their experience and inspire others, offer platitudes rather than meaningful counsel. These phrases sound reasonable on the surface but the deeply-flawed nature of this ‘sound-bite’ advice actually undermines career success and satisfaction. Do any of these sound familiar? “Follow your passion.” How can one argue with this? Work is where we spend the bulk of our waking hours. …

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Context Changes Everything

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The actual, unedited text exchange to the right between my son’s girlfriend and his loving mother (me!) might leave the uninformed reader confused. What could possibly be good or exciting about salmonella poisoning? Why the celebratory tone around news of such a terrible diagnosis? If we’d heard the news five days earlier, the conversation would likely have been very different. But after several days in the hospital with my 22-year-old, several doctors who couldn’t figure out what was wrong with him, and several life-changing conditions that were being considered, ‘salmonella’ was a blessing… music to our ears. It can be …

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Beauty, Perceptions, and Feedback

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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 their own descriptions of their facial features and the descriptions of others. In case after case, the illustrations that resulted from the description of a stranger was considerably more attractive than the ones generated by a woman’s own description of herself. The punchline is that …

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