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Category Archives: Management

No Such Thing as a Quick Fix

The CEO of a company reached out to me last week and asked if I could do a one-hour session to teach her people how to conduct an interview. I said I could teach them, but it would require more than one session. She said, “Thanks, I’m going to keep looking.” I wrote back and […]

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The Real Truth About Learning

I was recently asked to coach an executive, who was having a difficult time assimilating into her new leadership role, even though her company had invested a ton of money sending her to an executive leadership program. She confided in me that she could barely recall what she had learned six months ago. I’m not […]

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Why Every Executive Can Benefit from a Trusted Advisor

I was speaking to a prospect the other day who confided in me that she’s been considering several key strategical initiatives for months now, yet was unable to make a decision. She went on to say she wasn’t sure she had the right people on her team that could execute her vision. She couldn’t exactly […]

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Can a Bot Really Improve Your Management Skills?

Today’s WSJ contains a story on Robots that Manage the Managers. The idea is that a bot can improve one’s leadership skills. For example, a management coaching app will remind you that it’s time to have a performance conversation with one of your employees. Call me old school, but how hard can it be to […]

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How to Be a Great Mentee And Mentor

Many successful people attribute their success to having had a great mentor. But did you know that you can also experience high levels of growth by being a mentor, as well? Serving as a mentor could give you the opportunity to develop your communication skills, gain a new perspective, give back and expand your network. And, who knows—your mentee […]

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Why You Shouldn’t Hang Onto All of Your Talent

We’ve become so obsessed with hanging onto talent at all cost that we forget that there is a price to pay when no one leaves. If no one ever departs, then you are breathing your own exhaust. Attrition can be healthy for an organization. When you bring new people into the organization, you allow fresh […]

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Deciding Who to Promote

One of my advisory clients recently asked for my advice on who to promote into a newly vacated position. You might be surprised by my answer. I told him not to look at past performance. Instead, look at the skills needed to do this new job. Here’s why. Let’s take the all-too-common situation of promoting […]

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Talent: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?

I was visiting a Fortune 500 company that was struggling to fill jobs and retain talent—A challenge many of you have. They have a record number of job openings, and employee turnover is on the rise. Growth plans have been put on hold, as they don’t have the workforce to extend their reach. Their executive […]

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Why Your Efforts To Move Forward May Be Holding You Back

It’s Monday morning here, which means my street closely resembles the set of a Star Wars movie. Hosts of landscaping crews have invaded the neighborhood with leaf blowers on their backs. They’re on a mission to rid the sidewalks of grass cuttings and leaves. I watch in amazement, as crew members blow the debris from […]

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How to Achieve Greater Financial Performance Through Better Hiring Practices

Let me offer four ideas that I think you’ll find to be of value. All will drive better financial performance, can be implemented with little effort on your part, and without a lot of investment. 1. Make it easy for candidates to apply. Insert a banner (or at a minimum, some sort of link) on your homepage announcing that you […]

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