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Talking Too Much

It’s so easy to do all the talking. After all, you’re the boss, right? As soon as you open your mouth, everyone else clams up. So what...

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There’s a Right Way to Fail (Really)

So often we zone in on accomplishments, which of course isn’t a bad thing and should be celebrated, but have you stopped to think about...

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Change, Freeze, Communicate(!), Repeat

It’s the ever-present challenge within projects inclusive of technology: initial development, testing and the “tweaks” along the way,...

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So, What Do You Do?

A conversation starter at most networking events, dinner parties or even your child's school/sport functions. However, is this the best...

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The Effects of Incivility

In my career, I’ve been very lucky to work for companies that have a low tolerance for incivility. Frankly, I wouldn’t work for a company...

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Are You Weary?

Job satisfaction is often discussed as something a company is responsible for. What is often overlooked is the responsibility each...

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Leadership Style

Everyone approaches leadership differently. The better leaders are attuned to their style through self-awareness, maybe some training....

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Executing and Strategy

A recent study looked at strategy and execution. The conclusion surprised me at first: there is a direct correlation between the two.

Then...

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Giving Up on Grudges

I know about grudges, and they’re not part of my thinking. I’m not perfect in this regard and I have learned the cost of hanging on to...

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Answer The Call

Be honest, how often to you let the call roll to voicemail because you know it's a sales person? Maybe you know the product and you're...

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Losing Your Best

I hate it when anyone leaves my team and at the same time I recognize that people need to leave. The thrust of this article is spot on...

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Ask the Right Question

I love the thesis of this article, that there is a single interview question we can ask that will provide all the information we need to...

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Execution is Key

Why don't we get more done? We're busy, all the time. We sometimes seldom see our families. We miss deadlines.

It's about execution and...

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Gig or Small Business

As I read this article, it reminded me of what I did when I had a small business. I was responsible for everything: the work, sales,...

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Changing How We Engage with Customers

It used to be simple. You could be efficient. You could be flexible. You could build barriers to entry. Seemingly monolithic approaches...

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Getting Comfortable with Conflict

Conflict is a fact of life. I'm not talking about armed combat (that doesn't happen too often in business), I mean the day to day...

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Putting Power into Your Conversations

This is a great article about communicating. It has the premise of creating powerful conversations, and the key attributes are inquiry,...

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Tell Me Something Good

The words we choose have the power to massively shift your perspective and the perspective of those around you. We have all been involved...

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How Change Management is...Changing

How change is meaningfully managed, at an organizational level, has never been more crucial, yet misunderstood.

Among the many...

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Are You Selling or Are They Buying?

A sales mentor of mine (and my closest friend) often reminds me that sales is not about selling, it's about buying. No matter how hard I...

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Giving Employees Purpose

It's a given that the success of a company is only as solid as the people they employ. We all care about hiring and retaining the best...

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The Reluctant Recession

Are we nearing a recession? What do the indicators say? 

One of the most common cited indicator of a recession is the inversion of...

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Ready Yourself: The “Silver Tsunami”

With the focus of workforce discussions seemingly centered on millennial and subsequent generations, another population is steadily on...

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Authenticity in Leadership

People know when you're faking it. They know when you're being inauthentic. It seems so simple and the advice this author gives rings...

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To Give Positive Feedback, or Not?

Scholars don't always agree, leaving us to sort out the learnings on our own. In this case, the original article calls out the benefits...

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Leadership is Selling

My first thought was that this article was aimed at the traditional idea that everyone in the organization is in sales. It's something we...

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Recruiting Fundamentals - the New Layups

Referrals, sourcing and job descriptions – without doubt, the cornerstones of recruiting; but, as the market continues to evolve, how are...

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Working Remote: Where’s the Love?

Like most things in life, when working remote, you get out what you put in – this goes true for direct reports, and those to whom they...

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Conflict Resolution

Back in the day, I had a couple of employees who did not get along. It was so bad that though they shared the same cubicle (back to back...

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Leading from Context

Lots of good stuff here. It's so easy to think we can just check off the traits or skills that make someone a good leader. And yet, that...

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How to Train, How to Learn

We all have our favorite way of learning. Whether it's observation, reading, or hands on, knowing your style helps the process.

In today's...

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The Story Behind the Numbers

Have you ever found yourself staring at a set of numbers saying to yourself, what does this mean and why does it matter?

The importance of...

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Conversation Skills Are Powerful

The skill set of a manager is sometimes taken more lightly than it should be. Just because someone is really good at their job, as an...

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Convincing Them to Change

I was at a conference this week. One of the speakers had us do a test. He had us partner up. One person put out their hand as if to say...

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Leading Requires New Skills

The world of business has become a complex place. Many decisions, many inputs, constant change. And, the speed of things seems to...

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Go Slow to Get Things Done

Our days fly by, filled with meetings, phone calls, transit to and from events. What is often missing is taking the time to think about...

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Would you work for you?

We think of the candidate experience largely from the search to apply, to even first screen, but we must also think about the impact of...

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Taking Time to Think

Critical thinking doesn’t happen as often as it should.

Evaluating underlying assumptions behind your business’s key decisions,...

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Customer Loyalty

We all care about client satisfaction. It's measured in surveys, in conversations, in daily interactions. It's important. But client...

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The Risk of Overconfidence

It’s so easy to fall into over-confidence, especially where I am considered by some to be an expert. I know when I’m over-confident, I...

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Drama in the Workplace

It’s easy to ignore the elephant in the room. Yes, it’s big. Yes, it’s intrusive. And, to take it on, you have to be willing to confront,...

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Judging others can lead to your dream job

Like it or not, we all judge. Paying attention to your thoughts when judging and breaking them down will lead you to what makes you tick...

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HR Automation...Decisions, Decisions

The saying goes that only taxes and death are inevitable, right?  

I'll add another to that list: automation across all company...

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Being Innovative Takes Focus and Freedom

Innovation is very hot these days. Many (including my company) consider this to be the lifeblood of an organization, a key component in...

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Be the Right Kind of Busy

This Forbes article has a few important insights for retaining employees. The current job market makes retention even more difficult, but...

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The Power of Personas

In a tight candidate market, sometimes the temptation is to work harder instead of working smarter. We turn to our tried and true...

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Do I Have Your Attention?

Before you finish reading this paragraph, a new story will be vying for your attention. And, if there’s not sufficient value in what...

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