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True confession time.

I once worked for a large, global conglomerate that was in a death spiral and struggling to turn things around. The company was harvesting its mature and declining business to pump cash into its growth bets.

This company had a proud tradition of investing in the development of its employees. Sales reps were trained in their products and how to sell them, scientists went to conferences, engineers were offered continued training to keep their skills up to date, and new managers were trained how to manage.[…] Continue Reading »

The Young Entrepreneur Council is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. Read previous SmartBlogs posts by YEC.

Q. What is the best way to tell an underperforming employee that the next strike is the last one?[…] Continue Reading »

I recently asked readers to submit their burning leadership development questions. Those that get picked for a post will receive a free copy of my e-book.

This one from Susan Broussard (permission to use full name):

“We have started a leadership development program among the top performers in our company. We are working on development and succession so that we are better prepared for the coming retirements.[…] Continue Reading »

Managing and coaching are both necessary functions in the corporate world, but they have different purposes and outcomes.

Managing is largely task-oriented and focuses on activities like conducting staff meetings, delegating work assignments, organizing projects, giving feedback, and training employees. Coaching, on the other hand, involves collaboration, motivation, skill development, facilitating relationships and developing people who can contribute to the company’s mission and goals.[…] Continue Reading »

Employee engagement was one of the most discussed and written-about leadership topics of 2013. And it will likely continue to be in the year to come — with good cause. Engagement has been positively correlated with employee retention, customer service/satisfaction, productivity, and profitability.

But, have you ever wondered about all of the information that exists on the subject?[…] Continue Reading »