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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.

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Why a New Pair of Jeans May Be More Compelling than Employee Engagement

We know that engagement surveys alone will not impact engagement levels. The commitment must extend beyond the survey itself to clearly communicating the purpose of the survey and acting on its findings at work. Otherwise your employees will rightfully see the effort as inauthentic. In a world of survey overload, when it comes to employee engagement, do more than simply, “check the box.”

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How Coaching Begets Coaching

Many organizations aspire to build a ‘coaching culture’ in which each manager shares experiences and insights with their direct reports to boost performance, effectiveness and personal satisfaction at work.

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Leading at the Speed of Change

In a constantly evolving environment, it is permissible for organizations to reset some of the expectations when it comes to leadership. Change is inevitable. We can either surf its wave as it prepares to hit the shore or get hobbled in its wake.

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Was Your 2015 Full of Great Days at Work?

Enter the concept of great days. Everyone has had great days at work. Everyone wants more great days. And more often than not, an individual’s great day delivers what the organization needs. Ka-ching! Great days are what full engagement looks like.