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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“How was your first week in the new job?”  I was eager to hear how Carl’s week went. “Pretty good.  I actually did more than I thought I’d do,” he said.  I heard a sense of pride and satisfaction in his voice. “I expected to observe during my first week, and then slowly work up to interacting with […]

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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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If you’re losing your most valuable players, talent hoarding could be why. According to a recent Gallup article, when good employees believe that the only way up is out, they’ll look for and probably find new jobs.   Managers who are behind this dilemma, are only doing what comes naturally to them. They’re likely experiencing one of two […]

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When managers hoard talent, they may think they’re protecting their turf. But according to Gallup, they’re actually driving the best people away.  When great employees realize they won’t be given opportunities to move up, they’ll look for work outside the company. Gallup recommends these approaches to those responsible for managing human capital.   Realize you may already have […]

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Some leaders say they want to set stretch goals, but they stop short because they want certainty that their goals will be achieved.  They want plans that account for all possible outcomes and consequences. If this sounds like you, consider the following.   Knowing for sure that you will attain your goal probably means you have not set […]

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According to New York Times contributor Jessica Bennett, research shows that it’s hard for women to say no at work, which in turn, takes time away from tasks that increase their visibility.  But two groups of women are addressing this problem. “The No Club” was founded by a professor at NYU who noticed that women would […]

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If you’ve become the ear for an office complainer, you might want to turn the volume up for this advice from CNN’s Kathryn Vasel.  Here are four tips she offers that may help you manage this type of co-worker.   Look for a pattern. Why are they complaining?  Do they complain at the same time every day, about […]

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Do you struggle with asking for help?  Sometimes we believe — incorrectly — that we should have all the answers. Or that asking for help is a sign that we are weak or ineffective.  In both cases, just the opposite is true.  Asking for help is natural, normal and, often times, just what your situation warrants. The next time […]

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There are many reasons why women and men aren’t equally represented at the top.  One is that women aren’t adequately sponsored or mentored. Harvard Business Review recently cited data from the Working Mother Research Institute that supports this notion. While 48 percent of men say they were given detailed information on career paths in the last 24 […]

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One reason women are underrepresented at the top of corporations is that they lack sponsors and mentors among men in leadership roles.  It’s no secret that a well-placed sponsor and mentor can influence one’s career trajectory.  Here are three things Harvard Business Review recommends to male leaders. Identify high-potential diverse talent.  Be intentional about finding women who bring […]

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For more women to climb to the top of the corporate ladder, more men must sponsor them.  If you’ve already identified your protégé, set her up with a stretch project.  Make sure she understands how it will help her and the company.   Then, according to Harvard Business Review: Provide development and support.  Invest time, expertise, resources and money […]

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Do you find it difficult to sit down and work through big projects?  It can be hard to get into and stay in the zone — or as Emotional Intelligence expert Daniel Goleman calls it, the Flow?  Here are Productivity and Leadership Coach Ellen Faye’s five ways to get into and stay in your flow. Clearly define […]

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Harvard Business Review contributor Michael Watkins says your first steps after starting a new job can determine if you’ll succeed or constantly face uphill battles.  To provide focus and intent, he says to ask yourself these five questions. How will I create value?  Find out what each stakeholder you’re tied to expects you to accomplish and when, […]

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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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How would you like to start the New Year with free access to a coach who can help you break through to the next level?  That’s what I’m offering you today.  I’ve created a space on the homepage of my website, tmgspeaks.com called, Ask Teressa. It’s a place where you can seek answers to challenges you’re facing.   But […]

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As the job market heats up, it’s a good time to look at a study conducted by University of Texas at Austin’s David Pedulla. His findings indicate that people who accept positions below their skill level damage future job prospects. For research purposes, Pedulla submitted over 2400 fictitious applications for real openings in five US […]

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