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February 25th, 2015


A Woman’s Place is in the Kitchen!

Author: Rebekah Kowalski, Vice President, Sales Enablement & Solution Integration

  If someone said that to you, my guess is that you would have an arsenal of replies.  You would probably accuse them of antiquated thinking, reminding them that women now complete college and graduate school at higher rates than men.  You might even offer that there is ample evidence that having women in leadership

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February 18th, 2015


Are Half of Your Employees in the Wrong Roles?

Author: Tim Roche, Regional Practice Leader, Talent and Career Management, Right Management

  There is a hidden problem in business today. It’s a major reason so many organizations have trouble achieving their performance objectives and motivating employees – yet it’s seldom acknowledged or discussed.   Our research suggests that nearly half the employees in any given company are in the wrong functional roles – jobs they aren’t

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February 11th, 2015


Leader, Go Forth and Engage

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

  It was a rainy Sunday night and I’d spent a fitful weekend preparing for the uncomfortable conversation I would have with Sherry at 8:30am on Monday morning. As a new manager, I inherited Sherry from her previous boss who had failed to address her performance issues. I decided almost immediately that I would document

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February 4th, 2015


How Sensitivity to Cultural Traits Can Improve Team Performance

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

  In a previous blog, I talked about Mark Zuckerberg demonstrating tremendous cultural intelligence during a recent meeting in China. Cultural intelligence is the ability to adapt to the working styles and values of associates and customers from other countries. In today’s global business environment, an executive’s cultural intelligence is just as important as his

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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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