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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.

Much of what’s written about “employee engagement” focuses on how to get your employees more involved at work. As a leader at your company, you’re also an employee; how “engaged” are you? And, are you engaged in the right things? Undoubtedly, you’re busy, but is that the same as engagement?

According to research by Development Dimensions International, 89% of leaders with strong interaction skills have more engaged teams.[…] Continue Reading »

“Now, remember, Ben likes to shake things up; don’t be afraid to stand up to him.”

This was my boss, Eric, coaching me on an upcoming first-time meeting with a powerful VP in our organization. I was an ambitious young professional, recently hired from the outside and ready to make my mark at the new company. Eric realized my potential and arranged a meeting with Ben so that I could demo some new training materials that were being set up for Ben’s area of responsibility.[…] Continue Reading »

What role does trust play in employee engagement? It’s a fairly large one, according to this Towers Watson research.

The study cites leaders’ ability to “earn the trust and confidence” of employees as one of the top drivers of employee engagement. There is also compelling evidence that trustworthiness has ties to ethics, which significantly ups the stakes.[…] Continue Reading »

Tracey starts her new job today. She is the incoming director of quality for a manufacturing organization, and she’s ready to hit the ground running. Tracey is going have a successful first 30 days in her new role. Why? Because she has made the transition into new organizations on several occasions, and she’s learned a few things about how to go from unknown entity to respected leader in short order.[…] Continue Reading »

Did your New Year’s resolutions include being a better leader? Perhaps not exactly, but if you’re like the many people who want to “get more organized” — it’s the No. 2 resolution, according to research by University of Scranton — then there are opportunities to up your leadership game. But it won’t happen automatically: a mere 8% of people say they fully adopt their New Year’s resolutions, so leaders need a system to stay the course.[…] Continue Reading »