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Welcome to the season that many leaders face with more than a little trepidation: mid-year reviews. It’s the point on the calendar that serves as a reminder that the time remaining to deliver desired 2022 results is finite. It’s also the point when managers find themselves working (and worrying) overtime in preparation for conversations with…

Have you seen what’s trending on TikTok? In addition to squirrels, cats, and dance moves, you’ll find variations on a provocative response to the classic, ‘what’s your dream job’ question. It’s ‘I do not dream of labor’ playing out in countless videos and clever meme-inspiring ways. Full disclosure: I’m not cool enough to have my…

While “long-haul COVID” is a term used to describe the lasting health-related effects associated with coronavirus infections, leaders are also witnessing the potentially long-term effects of the global pandemic on organizations, individuals, and the future of careers. It’s an understatement to say that the past two years have had a profound effect on business and…

Another extraordinary year has come to a close – and by all indications, we may be in for another one. Continued Covid concerns. Supply chain woes. Shallow labor pools for deep talent needs. Disruptive technology. Unusual climate events. Geopolitical concerns. It all points to another year (or perhaps future) in which uncertainty is the only…

Years ago, I worked with a colleague who had a knack – and reputation – for facilitating rich conversation, encouraging deep thinking, and supporting profound insights, progress, and development. Her secret weapon? Two words: ‘Say more.’ The first time I encountered (and benefited from) this simple prompt was during what I thought would be a…

My daughter recently reminded me of that old song, Love the One You’re With. If you’re not familiar, it’s got a great beat and a timely message to today’s leaders – one that should immediately be incorporated into their playlists – and playbooks. Organizations, leaders, managers, and the media have (understandably) been obsessed with the…