If you’ve decided you’re ready to find a new job, one that fulfills your desire for purpose and meaning, a first step is understanding your innate strengths and personal priorities.  Once you’ve done that homework, it’s time to build a network of people who can help you get there.  Here’s how. Identify people who have your dream […]

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BusinessInsider.com recently spoke to CEO’s who’ve done thousands of interviews about the things that catch their attention when meeting with job candidates. Here’s are a few of them. How you greet them and how you leave them.  Does your body language convey confidence and charisma?  Does your style of engaging indicate you can work successfully in a team […]

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To create an agile company, you certainly need the right mindsets, skills, tools, processes.  But, above all, you need managers who are aligned with business goals and create a culture of engagement.  Yet, the Gallup Analytics team, which recently released highlights from data gathered throughout 2018, say that sixty-seven percent of employees say they are burned out […]

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According to McKinsey & Company, market forces are driving companies away from a management-driven structure and toward being more agile. Although the shift is slow, there is plenty of evidence to show that being agile is how companies will thrive going forward. But what does being agile look like? It’s having a company-wide shared purpose […]

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New York TimesColumnist Maya Salam wrote recently about the unintended consequences of the ‘Me Too’ movement, and the harm it could be doing to women in business.  Salam says she’s increasingly learning of men who refuse to have any contact with female colleagues for fear of being accused of inappropriate behavior.   Since men still dominate leadership […]

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Many experts believe that empowered and engaged employees are more productive and more loyal.  But where do managers begin the process of building the ideal energized and focused team? Gallup suggests asking each team member these five questions. What do you know you can do well, but haven’t done yet?   What activities – inside and outside of […]

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When leaders think employees should feel one way about their job, and the employee actually feels differently, an empathy gap occurs.  Balancecareers.com recommends that leaders who acknowledge this problem do these eight things to change the dynamic. Challenge yourself.   Get out of your usual environment. Get feedback. Explore your heart, not just your head.   Walk in […]

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Empathy is a growing expectation among today’s workforce.  Experts say employees work harder for someone they believe cares about them and their unique needs.  But when there is a difference between how the employer thinks an employee feels and how the employee actually feels, an empathy gap occurs. One example of an empathy gap is when a […]

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In the final installment of Harvard Business Review contributor Larry Clark’s series on navigating complexity, he reframes the benefits of failure in an interesting way.  He begins with an NFL coaching analogy.  The emergence mindset he believes business owners must adopt is similar to how football coaches choose plays based on what they learned during previous ones.   […]

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Harvard Business Review contributor Larry Clark provides great insight into problem solving that starts with making sure you understand the kind of problem you’re solving.  To make his point, he refers to the Cynefin Framework, which is used to categorize situations and identify strategies to address them. The 4 categories are:  Simple.  These are situations that can be […]

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Harvard Business Review contributor Larry Clark’s three part series on navigating complexity offers timely education on rethinking business.  He encourages leaders to embrace the natural push and pull of polarities that are inherent to every business.  Polarity is when opposing forces pull at each other to keep things balanced.  For instance, growth versus profit maximization or work-life […]

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Many experts believe that technology is making us increasingly isolated, particularly in the workplace. In a recent Society for Human Resource Management interview, best-selling author Dan Schawbel offers tips for maintaining the human connection.  Here are a few. Use electronic calendars to schedule meetings, but when there, be present and use the time to develop strong team […]

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In a recent blog post, Dr. Anne Litwin responded to eye-opening findings from LeanIn.org and the McKinsey group.  The report found that 1 in 5 of the women they surveyed at 279 US companies consider themselves “Onlys” — meaning they are often the only woman in the room. Half of those women say they must provide […]

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The kind of environment we work in plays a big role in job satisfaction.  Yet, that environment is largely controlled by another person:  your manager, or someone at or near the top of the org chart.  If they’re supportive, job satisfaction soars. Forbes.com says this is especially true for millennials. If you’re one of the people at or […]

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According to Gallup, today’ employees treat their job search like they treat their shopping.  They have lots of information and options, and they don’t see the need to settle for a job that’s not right for them.   Central to today’s job search:  company culture, lifestyle compatibility, the ability to make a difference and transparency.  If your culture is […]

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Researchers at University of California, Davis set out to answer an age-old question:  what makes an emotionally healthy person? They looked at what’s called the “big five” personality traits to see where healthy people landed.  Those traits are neuroticism, extraversion, openness to experience, agreeableness and conscientiousness.  They also identified facets of these traits, which added specificity. The experts […]

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As companies strive to become more diverse and inclusive, Gallup says leaders first need to understand the difference between the two terms.  They sum it up with the words of Netflix CEO Verna Myers, who says “Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.” For strategies on this front to truly hold, […]

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According to Gallup, by 2025, Millennials will make up 75 percent of the workforce.  They will be the majority of the rank and file and hold the majority of leadership positions. This bodes well for companies that are embracing diversity and inclusiveness.   Gallup contributors Camille Patrick and Ella Washington say Millennials are uniquely positioned to advance this workplace […]

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