Tagged: leadership development

Don't stay stuck in a career rut -- or let your own team sabotage your success

Hiring an executive coach is a personal choice. Use time to build the right set of screening questions during your vetting process.

  1. Does this coach have a track record of ensuring that my actions, ambitions and aspirations are aligned with my company’s key goals, vision, and values?
  2. Can she point to measurable results from her coaching engagements (versus smile sheets)?
  3. Can I rely on her to help me dramatically grow my external and internal networks, or is she isolated from business communities?

Relationships trump hands-on skills as I climb the career ladder. Will she show me a way to reach beyond the “do good work” model, and help me build a dedicated team of stakeholders?

Are mindfulness programs a leadership fad?

This is the time of year when leadership teams announce new professional development programs and formulate their offsite planning agendas. Many companies are jumping on the bandwagon with Target, McKinsey, Royal Bank of Canada, and Google to incorporate mindfulness programs into their curriculum.

Sadly, mindfulness is dangerously close to joining the ranks of “corporate buzzword bingo.” Think back to the early days of LEAN, Six Sigma, Solution Selling, and the Total Quality Movement….

Here is a provocative summary of Roberta Matuson’s new book, Suddenly in Charge. It just launched this month. You will enjoy her tips for Managing UP in a DOWN World in this article. Alan Weiss’ synopsis will incite you to think differently about how you influence others. These time-tested principles apply to anyone who collaborates, leads a virtual team, or operates within a formal organization.

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How to Manage Up in A Down World

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