What I’m about to say may seem counterintuitive.  It turns out that early career setbacks can actually move you toward success.  In his New York Times article, Tim Herrera shared evidence found by researchers at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern.   They studied two groups.  One group barely secured a National Institutes of Health grant. The other […]

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At the beginning of your next meeting, take notice of yourself and others.  Do you or your colleagues enter harried, burdened, rushing, sharing exasperation about how poorly the day is going as you recount details of unusually heavy traffic, subway issues, an incredibly long line at the coffee shop, or frustrations with technology and the lack […]

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Having the right people in the right roles is critical for optimal business results.  Today’s fast-moving business environment leaves no room for employee stagnation.  High performing leaders actively assess their teams to ensure they’re positioned to maximize their contribution.  Here are three easy questions to ask yourself as you assess your staff.   Who delivers at or above expectation?  What […]

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The book “Democracy in America” was written in 1835 by a French sociologist who created it to explain Americans to Europeans.  He pointed out that philanthropy was a large part of American life and of meaningful association with a cause and a tribe.  That’s still true today.   In business settings, shared philanthropy among employees can strengthen relationships […]

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Terina Allen’s Forbes.com article provides raw insight into what it takes to be a leader.  She says good leaders manage themselves first.  They act and hold themselves accountable for the shadow they cast.  What I found most striking is her assertion that the best leaders appreciate the value of followership.  If you lead, it’s because others have agreed […]

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In a recent Success.com article, contributor Jamie Friedlander shared three stories of successful people who decided to start something before they were ready.  Each person took a chance and pursued their business goals instead of spending time over-planning and over-analyzing.    Friedlander, herself, was put in that position early in her career and her gamble paid off.  She […]

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When you take a quick break from work, what’s the first thing you grab?  Do you reach for your cellphone and start scrolling through your favorite apps?  According to researchers at Rutgers, that’s a habit you might want to break. Associate professor Terri Kurtzberg and doctoral candidate Sanghoon Kang studied 414 participants who were asked to solve […]

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Laura Huang, an associate professor at Harvard Business School studied gut decisions made by hundreds of angel investors and venture capitalists.  For several years, she tracked 90 companies that they considered investing in and uncovered the two rules for making gut versus data-driven decisions. Before trusting your gut, consider the type of problem you’re faced with.   […]

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Harvard Associate Professor Laura Huang studied hundreds of angel investors and venture capitalists, and their propensity to make gut decisions.  She discovered three very important things as she followed the outcomes of their decisions over several years.  Here’s the pattern she saw among the successful.  Those whose decisions worked out well recognized that their gut feeling drew […]

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In a recent Inc.com interview, Dr. Hossein Rahnama, a CEO and associate professor, says there are things he has learned while teaching that have informed his approach to leadership.  Here are three of the lessons he believes leaders can learn from professors. Ditch the “sit and listen” lecture model.  It’s not effective and employees would be better […]

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Harvard Business Review reported on a study conducted in India, wherein employees who were disappointed by their wage increase were given the chance to voice their concerns. They saw a marked difference in absenteeism and people quitting among the group that spoke out. This is important for two reasons.  One, feeling heard is a basic human […]

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John Vlastelica, former recruiting director for Amazon and Expedia, and founder of the Recruiting Toolbox says all hiring managers want their recruiters to be more strategic, but many fall short.  In a recent Society of Human Resource Management article, Vlastelica offered recruiters these three low-cost, practical tips to improve their hiring outcomes. Get hiring managers involved […]

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According to Harvard Business Review contributor Jon Christiansen, there are more job openings than there are unemployed people.  That fact, along with the high cost of losing talent, makes it critical to keep the good performers you have.  Yet, Christiansen says there are several things employers commonly do that make people quit.  Here are two. Inconsistent goals or […]

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Today’s tight labor market means organizations must work harder to keep the people they have.  Harvard Business Review contributor Jon Christiansen says, there are three things that tend to make people quit that leaders must stop doing. Creating a culture of fear.  If employees are afraid their thoughts or ideas will be met with repercussions, they go […]

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“Your attitude will determine your altitude.”  Famous words of the late, great trainer Zig Ziglar.  They ring true, no matter where you are in the organizational hierarchy.  From part-timer, to entry level to CEO, it matters how you show up. In many cases, attitude is more important than intellect or education.  If it comes down to a choice between […]

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There are many reasons why an employee may feel job insecurity.  Whatever the reason, it can impact productivity and the company’s bottom line.  The solution may be in supportive managers.   Research shows that job insecurity significantly decreases the odds of employee engagement.  Gallup says the odds of engagement decrease by thirty-seven percent among employees who think their jobs […]

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The great Zig Ziglar said, “A goal properly set is halfway reached.”  Think about that.  If you’ve thought through how to achieve your goals, before you take one action step, you’re well on your way.   Many think the secret to achieving is the doing.  But I agree with Zig.  Without planning, anticipating obstacles and charting a realistic path, the […]

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How we go about achieving our goals can be as unique as each of us.  That’s why its important to avoid quick-fix solutions.  There are many right ways – not just one.  Figuring out your “right way” is what matters.   First, understand what you want to achieve, why and what your unique process looks like.  Dig into your past […]

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Walk into just about any coffee shop and you’ll see people with their devices working remotely.  Just as there’s office etiquette, the Wall Street Journal says there’s also coffee shop etiquette – etiquette that will help ensure you’re always welcome at your favorite java joint. Work only where and when you’re wanted.  Not all coffee houses want […]

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