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As a coach and professional development provider, I often find myself having some variation of the following conversation with an organization’s chief executive, HR director or program coordinator.

“Please make sure,” they say, “to include lots of practical examples for everyone in the room when you speak.” They explain their request as follows. “Oftentimes when we bring someone in to present a workshop we get blowback, particularly from the old-timers.[…] 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 »

“[Y]ou must know what you want to achieve, be certain of your aims, and have these goals constantly in mind… You must educate your (people) … And since the world never stops for a moment… you must constantly reassess chosen policies towards the achievement of your aims.” ~ David Ben-Gurion, first prime minister of Israel

Much has been written about how 21st century leaders differ from their 20th century counterparts.[…] Continue Reading »

Goals drive us as a whole (company, that is) and as individuals. They define what we need to do and how we need to do it. As managers and employees, we all have individual goals tailored to the work that we do and the contributions we make to organizational success. The question is, do those goals make sense?[…] 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 »