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More than two decades ago when I was designing commercial training products, I worked on a ground-breaking project. The central premise was that mid-level managers faced a profoundly unique challenge, finding themselves between a rock and a hard place as they balanced, navigated, and frequently absorbed the pressures from those who reported to them and…

Quiet quitting, one of the most talked about topics in management circles, is not a new phenomenon. The term, credited to Mark Boldger, an economist at Texas A&M was used as early as 2009. And it’s been used millions of times over the past several months to lament a slump in ambition and professional drive.…

Over the past year, development has finally gotten the attention it deserves. As it turns out, development is both a driver of attrition and an incentive for recruitment. So, whether they’re coming or going, employees prioritize opportunities for growth – and leaders committed to cultivating a robust and stable staff must prioritize it too. But…

It’s shaping up to be another wild year. Rebounding from a global pandemic. Supply chain breakdowns. Navigating remote and hybrid working configurations. A mass workforce exodus followed by rescinded job offers in some sectors. And the threat of recession. Is it any wonder that we’re experiencing unprecedented levels of employee stress, burnout, and mental health…

Despite recent high-profile examples of rescinded offers, it’s still a seller’s employment market with two jobs for every unemployed American. And even as inflation rages and economic contraction looms, retention remains a pressing issue. In fact, in a study, 87% of human resources leaders identified it as a #1 priority for the next several years.…

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…