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Connect First, Coach Second

Trust is key. But trust is something that needs to be felt, not taught. It’s something that happens organically. Yet, we’ve identified three criteria that are present when there is a trusting relationship.

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Mind the Gap

In its simplest terms, leaders of leaders hold the key to driving the organization forward, backward, or sideways when it comes to translating strategy into desired results. They do this by translating the message into actionable information that propels those they lead to succeed.

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Enjoying the Holidays with Head and Heart

With the busy holiday season upon us, it is easy to get caught up in the long list of things that must be accomplished in order to make your celebration a success. Amidst the hustle-and-bustle of the season, it can be hard to step out of all that needs to be done and capture the magic of the season—to find a moment to truly connect and be present with friends and family. This ability to accomplish, to be competent, while balancing the desire to connect with others in meaningful ways repeats itself in the daily challenges of leaders. The reminder for us to balance both “getting it done” with “finding the magic” during the holiday season is something good leaders strive for every day of the year.

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“The Day-to-Day Experiences of Workplace Inclusion and Exclusion”

This article is an excerpt from Catalyst’s recent report, “The Day-To-Day Experiences of Workplace Inclusion and Exclusion,” which focuses, in part, on the effects of exclusion and, more importantly, what leaders can do and say to turn-the-tide. Catalyst is a non-profit organization and BlessingWhite partner, dedicated to creating workplaces where people representing every dimension of diversity can thrive.

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How To Create A World-Class Learning Organization

So what would a world-class learning organization look like? How can organizations move toward this? The good news is that the future of learning and the practices needed to become world-class are clear and well established.

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Letters to a Young Middle Manager

Without a strong middle, organizations will fail. And yet, organizations often do not spend budget or energy on developing it. There seems to be an assumption that a leader who achieves that position already has what they need to succeed, when in fact that is most often just wishful thinking.

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LadyDay is Everyday

In a recent Google shareholders call, a small thing happened that has big implications. Google’s CFO, Ruth Porat, answered a question posed to her by a caller. In posing his question, the shareholder referred to Porat as “The Lady CFO” making a choice, consciously or unconsciously, to amend her title with a gender designation. Porat answered the question as articulately as any highly credentialed CFO of a Fortune 500 firm would do. And while perhaps there was nothing notable about her response otherwise, what happened in its aftermath is quite remarkable.