19 Nov. 2017 | Comments (0)
Delegation may be among the most misunderstood and mishandled of all supervisory responsibilities. Ask any employee and you’ll hear stories of managers throwing tasks “over the wall” with little or no direction or support. At the other end of the continuum is the criticisms of leaders who can’t let go and end up limiting their careers by insisting upon doing everything themselves. It’s rare to hear of the Goldilocks delegator who does it “just right.”
04 Oct. 2017 | Comments (0)
Career Development: A 5-Year Retrospective
In the time since Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go was published, a lot has changed in terms of the business landscape… and perhaps even more has stayed the same in the field of career development.
29 Aug. 2017 | Comments (0)
Are You a Micromanager or a Macromanager?
Micromanager. It’s one of the least flattering labels one can be tagged with in business today. It connotes an unproductive level of involvement in the work and work products, excessive need for control, nit-pickiness, attention to unnecessary details and a generally unpleasant overall workplace experience. Nobody wants to be a called a micromanager. Question: But, what’s the alternative?
19 Jul. 2017 | Comments (0)
Creativity: It’s What’s Missing from Career Development
A significant investment is made each year on studies, training, portals and programs related to career development; yet, the return on this investment continues to disappoint organizations, leaders and employees alike. And it’s unfortunate, because what’s needed doesn’t cost even a dollar. What’s needed to ensure healthy, sustainable career development is creativity.
06 Jul. 2017 | Comments (0)
The Surprising Benefits of Manager/Employee Interactions
Leadership IQ released a study called “Optimal Hours with the Boss.” It’s an insightful report based upon research conducted with more than 30,000 executives, managers, and employees in North America. The results understandably made news. The findings are profound.
12 Dec. 2016 | Comments (0)
“Not My Decision”: Constructive Responses to Workplace Decisions You Wouldn’t Have Made
In organizations worldwide, strategies are set, markets are selected, tactics are identified…and not everyone agrees with the direction. When confronted with these situations, it’s easy for employees to feel powerless and out of control. Employees who find the most constructive and productive paths forward understand a few key principles that apply within and outside of the workplace.
24 Oct. 2016 | Comments (0)
Which Comes First? Career Development or Performance
In preparation for an upcoming executive education session, I conducted a quick pulse survey earlier this month. I wanted to understand whether the leaders attending my training believe that there is a difference in the importance of career development to their employees based upon their current level of performance. And they do.
19 May. 2016 | Comments (0)
Give ‘Em Some Space (For Possibilities)
There’s one other thing that best-in-class coaches do that frequently goes unnoticed to the casual observer. It’s an invisible but perhaps the most invaluable contribution a coach can make: Exceptional coaches hold the space for possibilities.
29 Apr. 2016 | Comments (0)
From Team Building to Team Bonding
Team-bonding isn’t the result of elegant experiences in hotel conference rooms. Team-bonding is something more fundamental – and more boring… and it occurs right within the cadence of the work being done.
12 Apr. 2016 | Comments (0)
RESPECT: Find Out What it Means…
Anyone who toils away for 40, 60 or 80 hours each week—spending more waking hours at work than at home—understands the profound importance of healthy, productive workplace relationships. And at the core of those relationships is respect.
21 Mar. 2016 | Comments (0)
Giving Career Development a Fresh Focus
Career development is one of those supervisory responsibilities that frequently drops to the bottom of a manager’s to-do list. And it makes sense. Today’s managers are more time-pressed than ever before. But, it’s been more than just busy-ness that has undermined a focus on career development. It’s also been trepidation.
25 Jan. 2016 | Comments (0)
The Dynamic Duo of Vision and Strategy
It’s not enough to merely create a vision. Vision is nothing more than words on the page until it’s communicated in a way that creates enthusiasm, a visceral sense of involvement, and a palpable urge to take action. This demands that leaders possess the ability to communicate clearly, influence others and tap into what matters to individuals.
15 Jan. 2016 | Comments (0)
The Kids’ Table
What happened to ‘employee involvement’? Has it gone out of vogue? Has it been replaced by new initiatives? These are questions I’ve come up against recently as I’ve worked with organizations across a variety of industries.
02 Nov. 2015 | Comments (0)
OCD: The Unexpected Trait That Employees Want (And Organizations Need ) Most In A Leader
While obsessive-compulsive disorder may come in handy in some business settings, the ‘OCD’ that employees want most from their leaders is something very different. It’s an obsession with career development.
11 Sep. 2015 | Comments (0)
Why Mentorship is the Gift That Keeps on Giving
Mentors can enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that they’ve helped others to learn, grow and advance. But the gifts of mentorship flow in both directions.
11 May. 2015 | Comments (0)
Meditation Alone Does Not a Mindful Leader Make
Mindfulness and meditation are quickly becoming mainstream in corporate America. The research is irrefutable that meditation contributes to positive outcomes. And even the most traditional, conservative public and private enterprises are incorporating mindfulness and meditation into the cultures.
24 Mar. 2015 | Comments (0)
Training: The New School
I’m delighted to celebrate the launch of Talent Mindset with this guest post by Dr. Stacy Feiner. In her just-released book, Stacy provides a step-by-step process for acquiring, developing and deploying people within any organization.
27 Feb. 2015 | Comments (0)
Should the ‘Ship’ Sail on Leadership Development?
For decades, leadership development has been a significant focus of businesses worldwide. But today, many organizations are implementing a small change in semantics that could lead to big changes. They’re dropping the ‘ship’ and focusing on leader development instead.
16 Jan. 2015 | Comments (0)
Small Steps Drive Significant Change
The natural assumption that too many leaders make is that big change requires big steps. But, the history books and business journals are littered with stories of audacious, big, visible change efforts that failed miserably despite elegant execution and colossal investments of time and money.
13 Nov. 2014 | Comments (2)
The “Engagement Ring”
You’ve seen the research. Read the reports. Talked to leaders and employees alike. You know that despite our quantifiable understanding of the bottom-line impact of employee engagement, it continues to elude most organizations.
05 Aug. 2014 | Comments (0)
Career Conversations: A Chemistry Experiment
The nature of the conversations we have with others activates chemicals in their brains that result in a range of reactions and emotions. This applies to all conversation; but overlay the context of career, and you have a complex cocktail of chemicals with which to contend.
02 Jul. 2014 | Comments (0)
It’s hard to imagine that in the workplace something as constructive, positive, and uplifting as recognition could go wrong. Research consistently points to how effectively appreciation builds morale, engagement, and bottom-line results. But well-meaning managers inadvertently ruin it.
18 Apr. 2014 | Comments (0)
Leading Online and Socially
Technology and the explosion of communication it’s enabled has transformed nearly every industry, discipline, and field. Leadership is no exception. Today, leaders everywhere can engage in focused and effective development with a quick mouse click.
26 Mar. 2014 | Comments (0)
Competence is essential to workplace (or any-place) success. But competence doesn’t spontaneously appear; it unfolds in the presence of something even more powerful: confidence.
24 Feb. 2014 | Comments (0)
Career Development Takes a ‘Do It Yourself’ Turn
We've become a do-it-yourself nation. So, maybe this mindset should extend to employees and career development? The do-it-yourself trend has taken hold across industries and within organizations throughout the United States.
30 Jan. 2014 | Comments (0)
Common Career Advice That’s Well-Intended, Well-Worn, and Well - Full of it!
Career advice can help point you in the right direction, enabling shortcuts to your career success. But, it can also take you down completely unintended and unproductive paths. Well-intended mentors often offer platitudes rather than meaningful career counsel. Here are 4 pieces of really bad advice to avoid.
09 Jan. 2014 | Comments (0)
Career Development Today: Is Your Head Screwed on Straight?
Formal, organizationally-orchestrated and condoned career development programs and paths are simply incapable of accommodating the number of people who want to grow on the job. But that’s no reason to sit idly by and stagnate.
18 Sep. 2013 | Comments (0)
Hard Data about the Soft Skills Gap
44% of those surveyed by Adecco Staffing reported that the gap they most experience is in soft skills. Employees simply aren’t able to demonstrate sufficient communication, critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration to be optimally effective in their day-to-day work.
21 Aug. 2013 | Comments (0)
Organizations invest significant resources in training staff members. Understanding the human dimension of development, they provide mentoring and career coaching support. Knowing and appreciating the role of experience in learning, they encourage a range of activities.
22 Jul. 2013 | Comments (0)
Declining Development: Heck No, I Won't Grow
During a recent radio interview, a caller asked a question that talent management professionals are hearing more and more these days: What about employees who aren’t interested in career development?
19 Jun. 2013 | Comments (2)
An Open Letter to American Corporate Boards
Last month, Boris Groysberg and Deborah Bell announced in an HBR blog that talent management was your (Corporate Directors) single greatest strategic challenge. However, even according to your own assessments, your companies are earning an 'F' in this area.
05 Jun. 2013 | Comments (0)
Building the Bench
Just as many organizations begin to feel that they’re stabilizing after a long period of economic uncertainty, they may find themselves facing a new and unexpected challenge: deficient management bench strength.
17 May. 2013 | Comments (0)
The Future of Feedback
Meaningful information about how people perform and behave, the strengths they demonstrate, and the opportunities they have to improve … it’s the currency of development. But, what used to be a strictly human act is increasingly being delegated to technology.
29 Apr. 2013 | Comments (0)
When It Comes to Career Development, SMART Goals Might Not Be Smart
It’s no wonder that SMART is a beloved formula that’s used for everything from project to performance planning. It’s also no wonder that such a popular principle is extended to other goal-setting contexts, such as career development. The problem is that it’s just not “smart” to do that.
05 Apr. 2013 | Comments (0)
Fish Bowls and Talent Pools
When I was a kid, our community hosted a carnival each fall. Every year, either my brother or I won a goldfish by sinking a ping pong ball into a tiny cup. This memory came back vividly this week after working with several groups of managers.
19 Mar. 2013 | Comments (0)
Building the Organizational Habit of Career Development
Engaging in career conversations is not that hard. It’s inherently simple to talk with other people about what they’re good at, what they’re interested in, and where they see themselves going.
01 Mar. 2013 | Comments (0)
Talent Management Systems: Sometimes the Cure Makes the Patient Sicker
In organizations today, well-intentioned talent management systems are frequently to blame for undermining the quality of career conversations.