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An Updated View on Career Development

In the seven years since Beverly Kaye and I originally wrote Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go, career development has only become more  important. In today’s business environment, talent continues to be the major differentiator. As artificial intelligence and other advances take hold, we’re coming to terms with the reality that there’s no substitute […]

The Multiple Intelligences Required to Facilitate Career Development Today

The career development landscape facing employees and leaders today is more complex than ever before. Flatter, delayered organizations offer fewer opportunities for promotions (or even lateral moves). Changing demographics place new pressures on the workplace with an employee population that spans four generations and must address the varied expectations that come along with each. Organic, […]

Growing Your Business Means Growing Your People

Career development remains a top reason employees give for joining an organization and, unfortunately, it’s a top reason people give for leaving. But to limit development to the realm of retention or recruitment strategies undermines its power and fails to take into account the range of benefits associated with helping others grow. In the spirit […]

4 Mindsets Needed for a Better Talent Pipeline

As leaders face the most volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous business conditions ever, one thing is clear: Talent is an organization’s most powerful and sustainable competitive advantage. As a result, improving the talent pipeline by attracting, developing and retaining the best possible employees is among a leader’s most fundamental priorities. It’s an unfortunate reality, however, […]

Cultivate Coachability with these 5 Mindsets

The frustration was palpable within a group of leaders with whom I recently worked. They were in a tough spot. Competition was emerging from unexpected sources. Revenue was not tracking to meet expectations. The organization was responding with significant structural change. And these leaders had been told by executives that if the business was to […]

Introducing the Notion of Career Agility to the World of Solopreneurship

‘Agility’ is defined as the quality of “being able to move nimbly, quickly and in a lively way” (The Oxford Reference Dictionary).  The definition implies an ability to move and respond to the environment you find yourself in not just accept what is. The quality of being agile and responsive is key to those who […]

Persist or Pivot? 8 Questions to Determine How to Move Your Plan Forward

Planning is a cornerstone of leadership and a foundational competency required for success in today’s complex and uncertain business environment. Love it or hate it (and plenty of managers and supervisors do hate it), planning is a non-negotiable priority for anyone responsible for driving results. Yet, this key activity that ensures alignment, appropriate resource allocation, […]

All You Need is LOVE

As Valentine’s Day approaches, love is in the air. And while this whole topic is highly charged in today’s workplace, there’s a brand of ‘love’ that’s not only appropriate but also necessary in our contemporary business environment—one that can drive engagement, job satisfaction, and bottom-line results. Leaders who want to make a positive impact on […]

Let’s Get Smarter About Goal-Setting

The rhythm that we established as school children lives on in many of us.  Admit it: You get antsy in the spring, realizing that summer is just around the corner. Feeling like September is a fresh start, you clear out a few old files and bring in a few new office supplies. ‘Back to school’ […]

3 Interviewing Mistakes Smart Managers Routinely Make

As a manager, recruiting, interviewing, selecting and hiring talent may be among your most valuable contributions to the organization. Let’s face it: on your own, you can do little. But, working with and through experienced and capable team members, you dramatically magnify what’s possible. As a result, interviewing is a high-leverage skill that effective managers […]