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Category Archives: Career Development

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Will this project manager make a good people manager?

Sam’s team just delivered a complex project on-time, on-budget, and with impeccable quality. His company is eying him for promotion, because they want him to “rub off” on other project managers, whose results aren’t as stellar. Maybe he can teach them a trick or two? In theory, a good project manager can become a good » Read More

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Job Security: Change Your Mind, Change Your Life

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“…The only real security you have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.” – Henry Ford Take the lead to create your own job security. My first experience in wrestling with my personal thoughts on job security happened in 1992. My employer planned to cut a few hundred people from my » Read More

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Where Have All the Apprenticeships Gone?

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I’ve been doing a lot of hiring in the last few years, although I didn’t intend to do so. I’m not a recruiter, headhunter, or HR professional. I am a business leadership coach who deconstructed and recreated the system we use for hiring. Along with becoming very critical of the “old” system that typically gets bad » Read More

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Take Charge of Your Career Like a Boss

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I train a lot of managers. One thing we cover is to NOT take for granted what employees understand about their jobs. You’ve probably heard me preach about the importance of one-on-one meetings and how they can be used deliberately for this purpose. Here’s just a snippet of what I suggest to managers that they » Read More

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Must Wins

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It’s never too early to start planning for 2015. What do you want to accomplish? How are you going to get there? What are the critical things you must accomplish, and what lofty opportunity would be great, though not necessary to attain? Must wins help us know what we must do! Read more

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10 Management Lessons from Dragon Army

Business insights can come from unexpected places, including children’s literature. Science fiction writer Orson Scott Card paints a marvelous portrait of people management, vividly contrasting what motivates and what demoralizes, and what creates excellence versus lackluster results.

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Great Work = Great Career Development

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What actually contributes to great work? What questions should be asked? How should connections be expanded? How do we go about growing together? How do we set ourselves apart as “the best”? Read more…

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It’s Not A Gap Year! It’s An Education.

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Education is learning languages: the languages of words, music, math, art, chemistry, biology, etc.  Education is learning paradoxes … and oxymorons.  So let me highlight an oxymoron that is damaging our kids’ education:  Lifelong Learning and Gap Year. If we truly believe in Lifelong Learning, then we have to believe that Gap Years are not Gaps…and we have to use a » Read More

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How do you overcome an imperfect boss?

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When it comes to developing a great relationship with a boss, most of us can use all the help we can get. You have more power than you think.–Karin Hurt This is the heart of a great new book by Lead Change instigator Karin Hurt, who recently released “Overcoming an Imperfect Boss.” Drawing on a diverse background » Read More

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Redefine Results by Redefining Career Development

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Given repeated rounds of downsizing, reorganizing, right sizing, and all of the other ‘zings’ that have befallen organizations, it’s easy to scan the landscape and come to the conclusion that career development options have shrunk… that they are few and far between for most employees.  After all: Delayering has left already lean organizations with fewer » Read More

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