22 Tips for Career Development – Frontline Leaders Festival

May 16, 2014

This month’s Frontline Festival hosted by Karin Hurt of the Let’s Grow Leaders blog is a topic near and dear to my heart: career development. Karin asked her blogging colleagues in the human resources and leadership fields to offer up tips for career advancement both for yourself and for others. 22 career experts offer advice on: – […]

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Career Advice: How to Make the Most of Reverse Mentoring

April 24, 2014

Have you heard of “reverse mentoring?” It takes the traditional format of “wise, experienced colleague tutors younger employee” and switches it up to “younger employee shares what he or she knows with an open-minded, more experienced co-worker.” I wrote an article about it on LinkedIn: Reverse Mentoring: When the Sage Learns as Much as the […]

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HR Answers Articles on Interviewing, Training and Talent Development

March 6, 2014

Here’s the round-up of articles for my February HR Answers page. This month I highlighted two different interview formats: the panel interview (in which a group of interviewers interview a job candidate at one time) and group interviews (in which the employer interviews groups of people for the same job at one time.)   These […]

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5 Tips for Building a Successful Blog

December 31, 2013

What makes a blog “successful”? You can slice that definition any number of ways. For me, it’s a combination of three things: Engagement: how many people share the blog socially and comment on the blog? Opportunity creation: in what ways did the blog create opportunities for me professionally? Practicing the craft: how can I build […]

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Developing the Confidence of an Emerging Leader

October 7, 2013

For many years, I was an advisor for the Junior Achievement Company Program, which was an after-school economic education course. Over a three month period a group of 20 – 30 high school students met weekly to run a company of their creation. The students elected officers, created a product to sell and managed the company’s […]

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Little League Clean Up Day and Leadership

April 24, 2013

A couple of weeks ago, there was a leadership lesson I gleaned during our our Little League’s annual Field Clean-Up Day. You can see my ruminations about character-based leadership and showing up over at the Lead Change Group’s blog with Leaders Show Up Even When It’s Not Fun. Go on over and check it out; I’d […]

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Even 5 Year Olds Can Throw Leaders for a Loop

November 29, 2012

It was the first day of school. Mr. “J”, a first-year elementary physical education teacher, was ready. He had his “Rules for Our Gym” spiel down pat, including the always-important “If you have to throw up, don’t do it on the gym floor.” Sure, he was nervous but he had a plan. Each hour, a […]

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Management is a Journey November Blog Carnival

November 20, 2012

Robert Tanner, who writes the Management is a Journey blog has one of the most thoughtfully written blog carnivals out there. I’m pleased to report that he has selected one of my posts for inclusion in his November round-up. What I like about Robert’s carnival is that he curates the posts by categories that are […]

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5 Free Leadership Development Resources

November 13, 2012

In late September, 21 members of the Lead Change Group launched a book, The Character-Based Leader. I’m pleased to announce that five of the authors have stepped forward to offer $300 worth of free materials to readers of the book. My fellow authors Georgia Feiste, Christina Haxton, Lisa Petrilli and Susan Mazza have put forth […]

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What Six Year Old Twins Can Teach Your CEO about Leading Change

October 19, 2012

Guest Post by Paul Smith, author, Lead with a Story   Human beings are creatures of habit. Change is an unwelcome visitor. But what is it about change that’s so unattractive? Seattle-based author and workshop leader Evelyn Clark learned an insightful lesson on the cause and cure for human resistance to change from an unusual […]

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