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How I didn’t make it as a manager: Being the star of your own movie means you have to hit a fork in the road. Or several of them.

How I didn’t make it as a manager: Being the star of your own movie means you have to hit a fork in the road. Or several of them.

A while ago, I started training new and front line managers through a series called “How not to Suck as a manager”. Some people liked it, some thought it was inappropriate, some made me change the title so it could fit within their stated goals and objective. I didn’t just do it for the catchy …

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Are you too “big” to care… as a leader? 3 ways to help you reset… before someone does it for you

Are you too “big” to care… as a leader? 3 ways to help you reset… before someone does it for you

Have you been in your position for more than a year? More than 2? 10? Do you have trouble remembering the last time you sat down with someone from your team and talked about something OTHER than the next project or task that is due? Could you share 3 facts about each individual on your …

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2016 in Review: 15 reasons you are better (at work) now than you were in 2015 

2016 in Review: 15 reasons you are better (at work) now than you were in 2015 

It’s time for the Company Holiday Party, and figuring out how much you’re actually going to get done before the end of the year. For many, this time of year is when you look back on all of the successes, the failures, the ups and downs, the hires that came in that made you laugh …

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Roadblocks and Dynamite: On initiative and why saying no may be hazardous to your health 

Roadblocks and Dynamite: On initiative and why saying no may be hazardous to your health 

Last month, we talked about the impact of a direct manager and leadership team can have on an individual (I fired my company!)….  over 60% of employees leave your organization because of the manager and 90% because of the leadership team in general.  Many of you responded with your own viewpoint, and continue to share …

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I didn’t quit my job, I fired my company: Lessons to leaders on saving the best assets you didn’t know you had

I didn’t quit my job, I fired my company: Lessons to leaders on saving the best assets you didn’t know you had

A few months ago, I asked a simple question – have you ever quit a job? The responses came in fast and furious – but what was more interesting – were the reasons why people quit their jobs – and how many of them would have stayed if given the chance. In the pilot study, …

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Is it time to debut your “Unseen Picasso”?

Is it time to debut your “Unseen Picasso”?

A few months ago, I was watching one of my favorite shows, CBS’s “Scorpion”, and one of the characters, almost in passing, suggested that the other character had an “Unseen Picasso”. Those two words, “Unseen Picasso”, grabbed my attention, and I began to reflect on what he meant by calling that out in the other …

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Does your leadership make others want to “promote themselves to customer”?  

Does your leadership make others want to “promote themselves to customer”?  

Warning. If you have read any of my work by now, you know that I tend not to have a filter. And oh, by the way? You don’t need the filter. In fact, if you’re like most, you probably NEED someone to tell it to you straight. Because many are afraid to hurt your feelings. …

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Your Coup d’oeil is showing

Your Coup d’oeil is showing

While reading for a course I am taking, I came across a term that gave me pause for thought – “Coup d’oeil”. (pronounced ‘coo dwell’) Literally translated from French, it means “Stroke of the eye”, or in general, a glance or a look. However, theorists from several different centuries have taken it further, and used …

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