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    January 14, 2014

    7 Mini Conversations to Have with Your Team

    Important discussion topics for effective managers.

    I am rarely shocked anymore when a client tells me they aren’t clear on the key deliverables of his or her job. Or that they don’t have regular conversations with their manager. Or that the relationship is difficult.    As a manager you must be able to deliver results by working with and through other people. So part of becoming a great manager, is developing good relationships with your employees. Relationships are how work gets done in today’s workplace.    One...Continue reading

    By Lea McLeodPosted in Management on January 14, 2014

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    January 12, 2014

    Crafting Your Own Personal Leadership Philosophy

    What It Takes To Be Credible As A Leader

    “Stand upright, speak thy thoughts, declare The truth thou hast, that all may share. Be bold. Proclaim it everywhere. They only live who dare.”  - Voltaire   To be effective and inspiring as a leader, you must do what Voltaire describes in this quatrain.  Developing a Personal Leadership Philosophy (PLP) will empower you to declare YOUR truth and stand tall within it, to operate from a position of strength that ennobles you.    It is a common practice in all...Continue reading

    By Deb CalvertPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on January 12, 2014

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    December 26, 2013

    Forever destined to be a Senior Manager: Why you won’t get promoted to VP

    18 Unspoken Rules You Need to Follow to Get (& Keep) your next promotion.

    You’ve worked hard to be a strong contender for the promotion to fill the position as the newest Director or VP in your company.   You’ve listened to upper management who has given you what seems to be good, well-meaning advice.  You may have also read the employee manual that defines all twenty seven leadership competencies identified by HR and expert consultants specifically to be considered to fill the leadership role.  You likely have the company’s mission and vision...Continue reading

    By Christina HaxtonPosted in Management on December 26, 2013

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    December 15, 2013

    The Meeting You May Be Missing

    5 Reasons To Conduct One-On-One Meetings With Your Employees

    A lot has been written about team meetings and the different purposes for off-site retreats, strategic planning meetings, operational meetings, team effectiveness meetings, daily and weekly update meetings, and standup meetings… But little has been written about the most important meeting of all. It's the one-on-one regular check-in meeting between you and each one of your direct reports. The one-on-one meeting is not the annual performance review. It's not the drive-by "atta boy" or...Continue reading

    By Deb CalvertPosted in Management on December 15, 2013

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    November 24, 2013

    How Giving Thanks Can Bring Perspective At Work

    What Are You Thankful For?

    Most people look forward to Thanksgiving as the kickoff to the holiday season, the festivities and the perspective we tend to gain by being thoughtful about the blessings we have in our lives. Family and friendships, the world around us, we absorb it, we appreciate it, we see the good in each and every aspect.  The mental state we create is a choice. We choose to acknowledge the good over the bad during this time of year. Maybe this year we can choose to extend that acknowledgement to our employees,...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on November 24, 2013

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    November 21, 2013

    5 Steps to a Great Thought Leadership Marketing Strategy

    What future do you see for your organization?

    You believe in the potential of thought leadership marketing. You know it can be a game changer. You see it working wonders for businesses all around. But, wait a second: How do you make it work for yourself?   Thought leadership marketing needn’t be an intimidating task. Like much of life, success in thought leadership marketing boils down to having clarity of thought and purpose. Here’s a five step ready-reckoner to help you get started to establish your thought leadership...Continue reading

    By Karthik NagendraPosted in Marketing & Innovation on November 21, 2013

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    November 19, 2013

    On a Power Trip? You May Find Yourself Flying Solo

    3 Common Abuses of Power Made By Senior Managers

    As an eighth grader, I really struggled with George Orwell's "Animal Farm." The central theme – absolute power corrupts absolutely – didn't resonate with me. Miss Lally tried, but what she described was too far removed from my own limited experiences. Lately, though, I've been replaying those words. I'm recognizing this theme in real life. I'm keenly aware of power plays and abuses of power, more mindful of how harmful they can be as I see them affecting people I've worked with and cared...Continue reading

    By Deb CalvertPosted in Management on November 19, 2013

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    November 16, 2013

    Promises, Promises: The Power of Keeping Our Word

    5 Things You & Your Team Can Do To Create An Accountable Culture

    While Halloween is long gone, we still are graced with a scary word that is permeating corporate consciousness.  It’s four-----teen letters.  It has executives, middle management and front line  supervisors stumbling and bumbling around looking for answers.  The lack of it is often talked about as the reason for our business woes.     Lack of passion?  Nope, that’s only 7 letters. Lack of engagement?  Still too short, but a great guess!  Need more...Continue reading

    By Sherri PetroPosted in Management on November 16, 2013

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    November 12, 2013

    Engaging Your Employees…Clear Expectations

    Get people to work hard for you, regardless if you are in the room.

    The small IT Company that I once worked for had a ton of potential.  But after awhile I realized almost everyone was unhappy.  There was a lot of solidarity and “stick it to the man” mentality.  Being new to the organization, I approached my manger and the owner about the concerns I had about the level of unhappiness in this tiny business…we’re talking 15 people…and I was shocked at their response!     To them it was all the employees’ fault...Continue reading

    By Emilie ShoopPosted in Management on November 12, 2013

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    November 3, 2013

    Developing An Emotionally Intelligent Organization

    Breaking Down EQ Barriers By Giving Your Organization a Voice

    Over the last few months I’ve spent a lot of time talking with executives about emotional intelligence and the impact it has on results.  One individual whom I would deem as highly emotionally intelligent expressed disappointment in his own executive peer group. During their recent strategy session the dialog was focused on results, structural reasons for results, external market reasons for results, any reason for results that did not require an understanding or accountability for what is...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on November 3, 2013

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