Leadership

6 Unexpected Sources of Leadership Inspiration

July 5, 2016

Have you ever been to a leadership training program and realized the concepts taught would be as much use to you at home as at work? According to research by Development Dimensions International, leaders who apply their newly learned skills at work also put those skills to use at home. The same is true in […]

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Manners Matter at Work

June 27, 2016

Far from being an outdated, quaint throwback, manners are still in vogue at work. “Please” and “thank you” go a long way towards greasing the cogs of social interaction in the workplace. You might be skeptical of my claim, given our country’s current election cycle. But look past the soundbites of the 24/7 news cycle, […]

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Continuous Improvement for Self and Others – Aha Moments for a Pharmaceutical Leader

June 20, 2016

Leadership is a balance between managing the business and leading people. It’s this interplay between business and people that prompted Kevin Wurch to seek out an executive education program. Wurch, who is an Associative Director of Program Management for the digital medicine program at Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, is fortunate to work for an organization that espouses […]

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No Pollyannas Allowed – The Case for Rational Optimism

June 13, 2016

After a powerful presentation on “The Optimism Quotient: Changing Our Mind, Fueling Our Success” at the WorkHuman conference, happiness researcher Michelle Gielan conducted a Q & A. One of the first questions out of the gate is probably one she hears a lot. An audience member said, “I really believe in the power of an […]

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The One Thing Your Leadership Success Depends On

June 6, 2016

This quote comes from Christine Porath’s WorkHuman session called, “Civility: Do We Have Time to Be Nice at Work?” Christine is an associate professor of management at Georgetown University. She’s studied civility in the workplace for the past twenty years and has conducted some fascinating research regarding the ways people interact in the workplace. Christine […]

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6 Reasons Why #WorkHuman 2017 is a Must for Your Leadership Team

May 16, 2016

They had me at “make work more human.” I’ll admit it, I was already sold on Globoforce’s WorkHuman 2016 conference before I ever set foot in Orlando. Word of the inaugural event in 2015 had spread like wildfire in my HR community, with many of my conference-weary colleagues proclaiming this event one of the best—if […]

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4 Great Questions to Ask Before You Use Personality Assessments in Your Company

April 14, 2016

I’m a huge advocate of using personality assessments (sometimes called “profiles” or “instruments”) for professional development, if the circumstances are right and the tool being used is appropriate for the situation. That’s a significant “if.” Often, I encounter overly enthusiastic executives who want to use a particular assessment with their team because they personally favor that […]

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Big Data Needn’t Be “Evil Data” in the Workplace

April 12, 2016

When I work with executives, I’m wary when they get that “gleam” in their eye when reviewing reams of data with me. If it’s nothing but, “50% margin blah blah” and “trending indicators yada yada,” warning bells go off in my head. There needs to be the counter-weight of people somewhere in that equation to inform their decision-making. Big data […]

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What Your HR Manager Can (and Can’t) Accomplish with Assessments

April 5, 2016

“Hey Jennifer, we want to do a team building event with the XYZ personality assessment.” Over the years, this is how many of my conversations with senior leaders have started. Whether it was in my role as a corporate trainer, or as an independent executive coach, the theme was constant: a team leader sees a […]

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3 Typical Problems First-Time Managers Face—and How to Solve Them

March 28, 2016

Taking on your first official management role is exciting. It’s also challenging, overwhelming and perplexing. In a webinar with over 900 first-time managers, The Ken Blanchard Companies asked people to list their biggest challenge when they made the leap from individual contributor. David Witt, Program Director for Blanchard, wrote about their responses in this LinkedIn […]

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