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Imagination often arises from an ability to stop thinking literally. Management by contrast is a literal process. At the same time, good managers sometimes let thinks fly in order to create something new.

Creativity then is based on substance which in turn becomes transformed by the energy that an artist, scientist or entrepreneur expends in producing something new and something different.[…] Continue Reading »

Being a front-line supervisor can be the most gratifying and exciting of roles that anyone will ever experience. It can also be the most terrifying, overwhelming and demoralizing. This is because new supervisors generally have no idea of the “squeeze” into which they are stepping.

The front line is the firing line

Imagine a place where the most challenging of work is reserved for those who are least seasoned and least prepared.[…] Continue Reading »

Working for a global finance company this year, I have been asked to support a variety of leaders in shaping their leadership-development goals. These goals were to be based upon significant assessment feedback data on their management behaviors, as well as the leaders’ aspirations.

As it turns out, two of these leaders had careers that were winding down, and they were stumped about defining personal development goals.[…] Continue Reading »

It’s time to face facts: As business leaders, we’re failing our employees.

A 2015 LinkedIn survey revealed that the No. 1 reason employees leave their company is because of a lack of career advancement opportunities. Fifty-nine percent of job-switchers did so because the new workplace had a stronger career path.

Continuing to ignore employees’ aspirations affects recruitment, retention, engagement and the overall success of the organization.[…] Continue Reading »

When a leader demonstrates he is open to new ideas, he makes it known that he values others.

One executive I know in health care makes it a practice to keep her door open to anyone in the company. That sets the tone for other executives in the organization.

We all want to be respected by others, but how often do we show respect to others, in particular those who report to us?[…] Continue Reading »