About the author: Jennifer V. Miller | SmartBlogs

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.

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 »

Are the “rising stars” in your company’s leadership ranks getting the development they need?

These talented young leaders in your organization — often called “high potentials” — are those you must groom to ensure the future success of your company. According to a survey by the Center for Creative Leadership, over 50% of companies have a formal “high potential” leadership program.[…] Continue Reading »

When was the last time you let somebody know that you valued their work? Perhaps it was longer ago than you might think.

According to a TINYPulse research report on employee engagement and organizational culture, only 21% of employees surveyed indicated that they felt “highly valued” at their workplace. One way to help employees feel appreciated is to have a specific conversation geared towards career development.[…] Continue Reading »