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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.

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 »

Meetings at your company aren’t going away. If anything, that much-maligned beast is growing in prominence, thanks to the ease of gathering people via technology. This Harvard Business Review article found that on average, executives spend more than two days each week in meetings. Outside the executive offices, everyone else gets to join in the fun as well: 15% of an entire organization’s time is spent in meetings.[…] Continue Reading »

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 »