Last call for #WorkHuman 2019 in Nashville

March 2, 2019

What are you doing March 18 – 21, 2019? For all you procrastinators out there, it’s not too late to attend WorkHuman 2019 in Nashville. I just got an email from my contact at Globoforce, the company that organizes the event. There are still a few spaces left. To register, go here and use my […]

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Praise and Feedback Aren’t the Same Thing

February 28, 2019

As a foodie, I love all kinds of mash-ups. From bacon apple pie to mac and cheese quesadillas it’s stimulating to creatively pair ingredients in unexpected ways. But when it comes to leadership communication, combining certain types of information within the same conversation is a recipe for disaster. To illustrate, let’s use a fictitious member […]

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Are You Having Career Conversations?

January 15, 2019

Are you having career conversations? My friend Julie Winkle Giulioni is launching an expanded and revised version of her bestselling book, Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Organizations Need and Employees Want. It’s a perfect resource for managers who want to develop their employees. This is what I love about the second […]

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Leading the 50+ Employee

January 7, 2019

The workforce is getting grayer, and it appears that business practices have yet to catch up to the trend. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that workers 55 years and older are the fastest growing segment of the working population. Pair that with the fact that less than 6% of companies have a specific […]

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Discovering Pez

December 31, 2018

What An Interactive Candy Teaches Us About Leadership and Coaching Christmas time always provides many fun memories and this year was no exception. Santa left Pez dispensers in my kids’ stockings—for the first time. My daughter was very excited to try out her new Pez “toy”.  With my background as a corporate trainer, I’m a […]

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The Benefits of Training for Project Managers

December 20, 2018

  Jen’s note: This post is sponsored by Strategy Execution, a training company dedicated to the career advancement of project management professionals. One of the aspects that I admire about the project management profession is the rigorous attention applied to professional development. This post highlights some of the training avenues a project manager might take. […]

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New to Your Company? 5 Things that Will Help Sell Your Ideas

December 17, 2018

Imagine this scenario: About two months ago, you landed a new gig as a leader at a respected company. You’ve done all the right things to set yourself up for success by priming the pump with these activities before Day One on the job. For the first month, you listened, networked, took copious notes and […]

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Tasty Recipes for Your Holiday Cookie Exchange

December 14, 2018

Today’s post is a departure from the typical writing about leadership and workplace dynamics you typically find here on The People Equation. Instead, I’m writing about one of my favorite holiday traditions: our annual neighborhood cookie exchange. Every year a handful of us gather and exchange home-baked treats and a healthy dose of gabbing as […]

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5 Reasons to Read “Back to Human”

November 13, 2018

Dan Schawbel has made a living researching and writing about Millennials. As a member of the the generation born between 1981 and 1996, he’s in a unique position to offer career advice about this much-discussed demographic. Schawbel’s two previous books (Me 2.0, for recent college grads and Promote Yourself, for Millennials aspiring to leadership roles) […]

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Be Kind to One Another at Work

November 12, 2018

Tomorrow is World Kindness Day. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to be kind. And, as Barbara De Angelis points out, you get something out of the deal too. Everybody wins. So be kind to one another at work and see what happens. For work-related ideas on spreading some kindness around the workplace, check […]

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