Wednesday, May 22, 2013
It’s an unpleasant reality of the modern workplace—at some point,
you will probably have a teammate who gets fired. We get
uncomfortable and awkward in these situations and that’s not
helpful to anyone. Here’s some quick tips for what to do when
a teammate gets fired. 1. Stop speculating: In my...
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Last week I was going to write a blog titled “I Don’t Have a
Life, I Have a Job”. The focus of the blog post was going to be the
issue of work-life balance and how difficult that can be to manage.
However; the issue of managing my life and managing my career
recently became a reality for me. On...
Friday, May 3, 2013
You’ve bonded with your teammates; built trust and established open
lines of communication. You’re a model of modern teamwork.
That is—until the playoffs pit your favorite team against the
favorite of your colleague. Whether it’s the NHL playoffs and
you’re embroiled in an original-six rivalry,...
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Organizations today need to approach leadership development in a
more aligned and integrated manner. Some of the common challenges
we see in organizations are fragmented leadership development
initiatives, lack of continuity between programs by leadership
level, and a focus on educating leaders...
Thursday, April 18, 2013
An executive asked me a really interesting question in a team
session recently: “Which should be our first team?” What he was
talking about was the divided loyalties of leading one team (your
team of direct reports) and participating as a member of another
team (the executive team). It’s a great...
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Imagine this scenario. You gave a presentation at your team
meeting today. It was a progress report on your big project. Around
the table, heads nodded. Then this afternoon, you were walking down
the hallway when you overheard a conversation between two
teammates. One was complaining loudly about...
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The idea that leadership actually starts at the Board has been
slowly incubating over the past several years – and it’s now time
for that idea to fully hatch. While the primary role of the Board
has traditionally been focused on CEO performance, succession and
strategy oversight, times are changing...
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Pssst. I’ll let you in on a little secret. Executives who hold
strong professional relationships with executive search consultants
are the first to land. Want to hear another secret? The best
time to build a relationship with a search consultant is when
you’re not even looking for a new job....
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Many people assume networking is a skill set that you need
if you are looking for a job or you are in sales, but the truth is
that networking is a key skill set that everyone needs to have in
today’s job market. Networking is key to career success for many
reasons including if you currently hold a...
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
An effective succession management process will help us mitigate
risk to the business, ensure continuity through times of change,
and consistently build talent for the future. This sounds pretty
good, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, for many leaders, it’s far more
difficult to achieve. Having a clear...
Monday, March 11, 2013
Career transition is a series of peaks and valleys, times when you
are up, times when you are down. For executives in transition, the
valleys can take many forms. It might be a loss of self-worth or a
feeling of insignificance as one leaves a career that is part of
their identity. Or it might be...
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
In the Leadership realm, role modeling is considered table stakes.
For leaders to live and breathe the behaviors and values they wish
the rest of the organization to live. What I’ve noticed is
that most leaders think role modeling only really counts at
‘important’ times and places – at key meetings...
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Detaching from a job that you have held for years is very
difficult - especially if you did not choose to leave, but instead
were given a package and told your services were no longer
required. Dan had been working with the same company for 10
years as a Sales Manager with 15 people reporting to...
Friday, February 22, 2013
In my last post (10 Things to Avoid When Implementing Leadership
Development Programs) I talked about how the game of snakes
(chutes) and ladders can be a useful analogy for understanding what
strategies help move you ahead when implementing leadership
programs and what make you slide backwards. In...
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
I read a great blog about what to do if you’re feeling
under-utilized on your team. The article was by Career expert
Chrissy Scivicque. You can read it here. One of her useful
suggestions (after making sure you’re doing your current job to
perfection) was to make a specific request of your boss...
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Ineffective leadership continues to put organizations at risk.
There has been no shortage of news coverage about boards struggling
with and losing confidence in the CEO, and senior executives being
ousted or jumping ship. Think E-Trade Financial, Yahoo, Citigroup,
and most recently Rio Tinto. All...
Monday, February 11, 2013
We recruiters are great at finding candidates and getting
them ready to see you. But after that, it's up to you and your
team. Interviewing potential candidates is one of the most
important user experiences that folks will have with your
organization. As we tell candidates, you only get one...
Friday, February 8, 2013
Organizations have good intentions when it comes to rolling out
leadership development programs. What I’ve found in working
with organizations of all sizes and in all sectors is that it can
become a bit like playing the game of snakes (chutes for the U.S.
folks) and ladders – some actions help move...
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The biggest mistake that teams make is not answering the question
“Why are we a team?” It seems the time has finally come when
organizations are taking seriously the role of teams in
productivity, growth, and innovation. I’ve been busier than
ever. That means I’ve been meeting new teams and asking...
Monday, February 4, 2013
When I first started writing this over the Christmas holiday
I was going to inspire you with my knowledge and expertise on
creating, setting, and achieving goals. I wanted to teach
people how to get that promotion, recognition from your boss, or a
salary increase — I am all about goals. I even...