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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 Continue Reading…Filed under Leadership Development | Comment (0)
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 Continue Reading…Filed under Talent Management | Comment (0)
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 Continue Reading…Filed under Leadership Development | Comment (0)
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 Continue Reading…Filed under Talent Management | Comment (0)
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 Continue Reading…Filed under Leadership Development | Comments (2)
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 Continue Reading…Filed under Talent Management | Comment (0)
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 Continue Reading…Filed under Talent Management | Comment (0)
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 Continue Reading…Filed under Talent Development | Comment (1)
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. Continue Reading…Filed under Talent Development | Comments (2)
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 Continue Reading…Filed under Talent Development | Comments (2)