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January 28th, 2015

Leadership Development: Three Ways to Fail Forward

Author: Susan McClure, PhD, CPT, Vice President, Principal Consultant, Right Management

  The Man and the Butterfly recounts how a man finds a cocoon and monitors its progress. One day, he notices that a small opening has appeared in the cocoon and he watches the butterfly struggle, without success, to force its body through the tiny hole.   Overcome with a desire to help, the man

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January 21st, 2015

How Leaders Can Be Led Astray in High-Potential Selection

Author: Thomas Henriksen, Director of Talent Assessment Solutions EMEA, Right Management

  The world of work is changing faster than ever and the old rules of business are losing relevance. No longer does money or technology guarantee growth and productivity. We are in the Human Age, where people are the real agents of business success.   Leaders around the world are struggling with accelerating leadership development

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January 14th, 2015

What’s Your CQ? Cultural Intelligence and Effective Leadership

Author: Amanda Buschi, MBA, PCC, Executive Coach, Talent Management Consultant, Right Management

  Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg made headlines late last year when he conducted a live Q&A session with Chinese university students entirely in Mandarin. His embrace of their language was a huge success. Suddenly, the axiom that English is the international language of business seemed very dated.   Zuckerberg professed personal reasons for learning Mandarin

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January 7th, 2015

Review Unto Others As You Would Be Reviewed

Author: Margaret-Ann Cole, Senior Vice President, Career Management, Right Management

  As we head into annual performance reviews, every people manager could benefit by remembering that coaching is a critical part of the process. In my earlier post — Dreading Performance Reviews? Join the Club. I distinguished between the directing and coaching mindset and identified five skills essential to effective performance coaching: Maintaining and enhancing

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December 17th, 2014

Dreading Performance Reviews? Join the Club.

Author: Margaret-Ann Cole, Senior Vice President, Career Management, Right Management

  The headline in the Washington Post told the whole story: “Study finds that basically every single person hates performance reviews.”   Thanks goodness. I thought I was the only one.   The article was commenting on a research study in which university staffers were asked to rate their feelings about an earlier performance review.

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December 10th, 2014

Manager as Career Coach? Really?

Author: Ron Raque, Senior Consultant, Right Management

  Being a manager is not the easiest job in the world. “Thank you, Captain Obvious,” I hear you mutter. Seriously, it’s important to recognize what a tough role it is and that since the economic downturn and sweeping workforce changes that followed, it’s become even crazier.   As managers, we’ve learned to operate with

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December 3rd, 2014

Achilles Heel: In Developing Leaders, Don’t Ignore Weaknesses

Author: Steve Doerflein, Senior Consultant, Talent Management, Right Management

  I consult on talent management and the most common question I get from clients, friends, and even people I meet playing golf is: “What do you think about strengths-based development?”   Maybe, like these people, you’ve read the books on strengths-based development or taken a personal survey to identify your talents. Based on workplace

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November 19th, 2014

Why Should I Stay?

Author: Rebekah Kowalski, Principal Consultant, Strategic Workforce Consulting, Right Management

  In my previous blog Are You Getting Women in the Door but Not on the Elevator, I discussed why traditional career progression pathways are not serving women well, and seven ways organizations can begin to change the status quo.   Since then, I’ve taken part in several forums on women and leadership. I’ve listened

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November 12th, 2014

No Jerks. Period.

Author: Beth Linderbaum, Ph.D., Senior Consultant, Right Management

  Think about this.  A leader holds a meeting that lasts 1 hour.  The comments made by this leader are so destructive that a 2-hour “water cooler” discussion among 3 or 4 employees ensues.  After venting and complaining, each employee returns to work 1/2 as enthusiastic as before and 2x as likely to look for

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November 5th, 2014

High Potential Identification – Science and Subjectivity Balanced

Author: Thomas Henriksen, Director of Talent Assessment Solutions EMEA, Right Management

  In a 2013 study of how companies assess their high potential talent and senior executives, the authors noted that 82% of respondents said they used assessments to guide development of high potentials, while only 50% used assessments to identify high-potential individuals.   This finding is not surprising to those of us who consult on

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