Managing Talent

Starting Off Right Leading a New Team

Starting Off Right With a New Team

  Have you landed the big promotion? Taken on a new role? Changed companies, or just taken over a new area in your company? If you have, chances are, you’ll want to make a great impression on your new team and demonstrate visible leadership to them and to your leadership.…

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Even Great Leaders Need A Coach

Even Great Leaders Need A Coach

You think you’re a pretty good senior leader. Your people seem to like you (at least they say they do). Results and performance reviews are good, and you receive the occasional accolade. Maybe you’ve even had a recent promotion or two and there isn’t a lot of negative feedback. Why…

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How To Get The Most Value from an Executive Coach

Do you have an executive coach? Are you thinking about it? Do you want to be sure you get your money’s worth from the investment? How will you know it will be a valuable use of your time?  Coaching has been a part of my practice for nearly 30 years.…

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Why Every Senior Leader Needs a Networking Plan

Why Every Senior Leader Needs a Networking Plan

Do you actively spend time focusing on your network? Do you have relationships in place to get things done at every level? Is the thought of adding networking to your already full plate a bit overwhelming? For many of us, networking is one more pain in the xxx to think…

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Two Secrets To Success At The C-Level

Secret to succeed

Congratulations. You’ve got a seat at the proverbial table! Whether you’ve got a c-level title or not, your seat on the leadership team gives you quite a bit of influence as well as a lot of responsibility to balance.  I’ve been coaching and consulting with C-Level leaders for nearly 30…

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How To Get Promoted Sooner

How To Get Promoted

It’s a tough competition for roles at the top. In nearly 30 years of coaching and consulting with the c-level and those who want to get there, I’ve seen more than a few interesting tactics for climbing the corporate ladder. Some work. Some make people angry and destroy trust. And…

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9 Questions to Ask Before Hiring A Coach

9 Questions to Ask An Executive Coach

Are you integrating into a new executive role? Are you an executive looking to bring in a coach to help you get to the next level? Are you an HR business partner who wants to be absolutely sure their next big hire hits the ground running and is a great…

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How To Choose A Virtual Meeting Facilitator

Are you planning a leadership team meeting early this year to get everyone aligned? Are you disappointed that it will likely not be in person or that some folks won’t be able to travel to join you? Have you thought about who will be the best virtual facilitator? Or have…

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Top 4 Executive Onboarding Mistakes

Onboarding Mistakes To Avoid

If you are starting a new executive role or onboarding executives into roles where it is important that they hit the ground running and contribute quickly, there are a few things you should know. Data shows that rigorous executive onboarding programs can reduce time to full productivity by 40% and…

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How to Ask for an Onboarding Coach for Your New Executive Role

How to Ask for an Assimilation Coach fo Your New Executive Role

As the excitement of landing a new executive role sinks in, the pressure begins. How will you come in and demonstrate visible leadership in your first 100 days? How will you make a significant enough contribution early on to validate the company’s choice in hiring you? How will you build…

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3 Ways To Stop Killing Resilience

Build Organizational Resilience By Stopping Inequality

Here are 3 ways to build resilience by minimizing power struggles and equipping people to feel safe, heard, and able to give their all.

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5 Strategies To Give Negative Feedback People Actually Want To Hear

Have you had that moment when you have to tell someone they aren’t performing well? When they pride themselves on being good at the very thing you’re about to tell them they aren’t? It’s that moment when you swallow hard, your mouth goes dry, and secretly you pray that they’ll…

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How To Prepare For Disruption

The Year Of Disruption

Predictions tell us that 2020 will be the year of disruption. Is your team prepared? If your confidence is a bit shaky, now is the time to get ready.

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Are You Wasting Time On Competency Models?

Building A Capability Model

Do You Really Need A Competency Model? I’ve had a lot of conversations about competency models and I’ve built a lot of them but frankly, I’m not sure I have seen the value-add. When I asked our clients why they are considering investing the time to build a competency model,…

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Using Corporate Politics To Drive Change

Using Corporate Politics To Drive Change

Change Starts With Alignment The need to have people on the same page is huge when implementing a major change. This is particularly true when the change involves thinking differently to solve a problem that can’t be solved by doing things better, faster, or cheaper. Enabling leaders to get people…

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8 Signs You Need A New Organizational Structure

When To Rethink Your Organizational Structure “Is it time for a new organizational structure?” This question does not always have an obvious answer. Organizational restructuring, by definition, can be disruptive, even when handled as smoothly as possible, and even with the best of intentions. There is always a risk that…

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No Training Budget? No problem.

No Budget

Do you have a great team that needs development but lack a budget for training and access to an internal world-class learning team? Perhaps you’ve been limping along sending people to local conferences when you can to try to develop them. But while that may appease your team for a…

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Here’s What Is Missing From Your Organizational Structure

Remember when your organizational structure used to be something we hardly thought about. They were clear. We reported to someone (my boss) and often someone reported to us (my team). But things change. Now we have matrix structures, project teams that pull people into hidden conference rooms (that suck life…

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3 Skills Needed for Adaptive Leadership

3 Skills for Adaptive Leadership

Traditional Training Doesn’t Produce Adaptive Leadership Skills People are constantly facing business issues they have never seen before, and they are coming at an increasing rate. Too often employees feel like running on a treadmill, going nowhere fast. The harder they run, the more worn out they become and have…

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Why Playing Nice Doesn’t Work

Why Playing Nice Doesn't Work

Imagine you are a manager and you are called to a meeting by your boss to talk about team building. You walk into a room and are introduced to Fred, the ‘team building guy’. Oh, and all your peers, including the marketing guy that you hate and the HR woman…

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#1 Way to Lead A Successful Digital Transformation

Leading Digital Transformation

Are you struggling to keep your business organized while transitioning to a more digital experience? Is it becoming less obvious who owns what…and why? Are silos in your organization structure getting in the way as the shift to increasing automation accelerates? More and more, organizations are realizing that as they…

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What’s Your Legacy? Are You A Value-Add or a Seat Warmer?

What Will Be Your Legacy

A Human Resources executive walks into a bar with a duck on their head. One of the long-time customers, though a bit intoxicated, recognizes the difference between a hat and a duck and shouts, “… you’ve got a duck on your head. The HR executive calmly replies, “… of course,…

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What’s Next for Human Resources?

As 2018 dawns, two questions are being asked by many IBHR leaders and Chief Human Resource Officers: Is this year’s plan for my Human Resources team good enough to deliver strategic value across the organization to truly differentiate our organization from the competition? What is the next key capability that…

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The Blueprint for Strategic Alignment

Ever feel like your team is not hearing you? You turn around and either they are squabbling about who gets their share of limited resources, or they are off in their own space ‘working really hard.’ Unfortunately, you just can’t tell how all that work is driving your strategic agenda.…

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New Chief Human Resource Officer: Sink or Swim In 48 Hours

New Chief Human Resource Officer

New HR Leader or CHRO: 5 Questions to Ask in the 1st 48 hours Earlier this year I took an assignment as the interim Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) for the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA), affectionately known as the ‘T’. This is the organization that moves people to and through…

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Why You Need A Capability Model Instead of A Competency Model To Drive Strategy

I’ve had a lot of conversations lately about building competency models. I’ve built a lot of them and frankly, I’m not sure I get the value-add, given some much larger, more concrete priorities, but here’s what I’ve been told when I asked why the company wanted to invest the time…

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Can We Really Trust Performance Management?

One of my smaller clients recently asked me if they should consider an automated performance management system. You know the type – for a huge investment, employees can enter their objectives, managers approve them, and then self appraisals and manager performance appraisals are done right in the system. The same…

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Building Career Paths…Without Breaking The Bank

Are your people asking for a career path? Many companies are trying to build career paths because people are crying for them. It’s usually in response to an engagement survey and done with a fair amount of urgency because employees are upset that they don’t have a proverbial career path.…

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Difficult Conversations – How What You Were Taught Derails You From Your Message

A few years ago, Harvard Professor, Chris Argyris did some interesting research. He met with hundreds of executives preparing for conversations that involved delivering tough messages. He asked what they planned to say and how they would say it. Then he observed and recorded the meetings. In every case, the…

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What You Know May No Longer Apply

As I talk to clients, there are a couple really prevalent issues that are holding corporations back in today’s economy. These are issues that will require people to think differently to solve them. For years, we’ve tried to do things better, faster and cheaper. And while that is still critical,…

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Driving Performance Through Others

When I think of what it means to grow and develop talent outside of a formal process, it’s really about improving your ability to drive better performance through others. That starts with understanding each person’s strengths and development needs, how those can be leveraged to meet the goals of the…

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Make People Marketable – So They’ll Stay

Any consultant will tell you that 2009 was a disaster. It probably goes on record as the worst nightmare for anyone doing training or leadership development in the US, myself included. But something happened that year that fascinates me to no end. At the time, I was a partner with…

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Make People Marketable – So They'll Stay

Any consultant will tell you that 2009 was a disaster. It probably goes on record as the worst nightmare for anyone doing training or leadership development in the US, myself included. But something happened that year that fascinates me to no end. At the time, I was a partner with…

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