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Jennifer V. Miller Career strategist Jennifer V. Miller is a former HR manager and corporate trainer who helps mid-career professionals chart the course for their next big "leap." A self-described "professional opportunity cultivator," Miller provides one-to-one and small group professional development coaching via her company SkillSource. She offers up tips for leading yourself and others at The People Equation.

Most people want to work for a caring boss. Not only is it more enjoyable, it’s good for your health, according to research by Stanford professor Jeffrey Pfeffer. Compassion is certainly a hallmark of leadership effectiveness.

But can a leader care too much? Shelley Row, a professional engineer and former transportation executive, believes that caring for one’s employees, while admirable, does have its drawbacks.[…] Continue Reading »

“How much time does your team invest in becoming better leaders — together?” That’s a question Bob Anderson likes to ask when he consults with senior leadership teams. Anderson is chief development officer of The Leadership Circle; his clients are leaders in global firms across all major business sectors.

Anderson’s inquiry highlights a blind spot common with many leadership teams.[…] Continue Reading »

Every new role at work offers the chance to build your skill set, and the move into senior management is no exception.

When you become a “leader of leaders” you’re no longer responsible for leading just one group of people. You now to account to multiple constituencies: your boss, your peers, your direct reports and your reports’ direct reports.[…] Continue Reading »

Nap rooms, on-site daycare centers and free food at gourmet cafeterias. These perks — typically offered by large companies with deep pockets — are often touted as evidence that the companies that offer them have “great” company cultures. If that’s the measure of outstanding company cultures, many small-business owners figure it’s out of their reach.

Don’t get discouraged, says Jessica Rohman of the Great Place to Work Institute.[…] Continue Reading »

If you’re lucky enough to have a team with top performers, you know that eventually some of them will move on to larger roles in the organization. Do you know which ones are promotable?

Many companies have programs for developing “high potential” (HIPO) employees – those employees deemed to have the skills, willingness and commitment to the company to take on senior leadership positions.[…] Continue Reading »