Mentoring

The Power of Almost Perfect Practice

May 1, 2016

As the school year wraps up, I reflect on the intersection of learning a new skill and encouragement. My daughter is nearing the end of her first year of playing the trumpet for her middle school band. From my perspective, she’s done remarkably well. To hear her tell it though, you’d form a different conclusion. […]

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3 Ideas for Filling Your Leadership Pipeline

August 13, 2015

An estimated 85% of companies have some sort of formal or informal leadership development process. Yet, a “process” is not enough to ensure that your company has enough experienced leaders to fill your company’s leadership pipeline. I interviewed experts and researched the best practices for developing “high potential” talent – those up-and-coming managers who will someday lead your organization. My insights […]

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Leadership Truths to Empower Millennial Leaders

August 3, 2015

Are you crystal-clear on your purpose? Jon Mertz is. His purpose is to guide, challenge and inspire people of the Millennial generation to fully realize their leadership potential. Mertz realized this purpose in an unlikely place: a grove of Aspen trees while he was snow-shoeing in the American Rocky Mountain range. At the time of […]

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Tips for Maintaining Your Focus as a Leader

June 18, 2015

In the new book The Disciplined Leader, John Manning writes about the importance of focus—and how it drives leadership success. After reading the book, I had the opportunity to ask John some follow up questions. What follows is an edited version of our conversation. Jen: In the book’s introduction, you write that leaders must learn […]

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23 Leadership Lessons About Energizing Yourself and Others

May 15, 2015

How do you derive energy from the task of leading? Many times, being in a leadership role is draining, not energizing. As with many other things in life, one needs to actively seek out ways to overcome flagging energy. This month’s Frontline Festival blog carnival, hosted by Let’s Grow Leaders’ Karin Hurt, assembled 23 stories […]

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Women and the Politics of Promotion

March 23, 2015

Research indicates that ambitious women are in a double bind—if they’re too aggressive, then they’re seen as threatening; if they’re too accommodating, they’re not seen as senior leadership material. Even though this bind is easing as more women assume top leadership roles, it’s still evident in many organizations, particularly those that are traditionally led by […]

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29 Essays on How to Develop Leaders

October 7, 2014

Mary Ila Ward of Horizon Point Consulting is the host of this month’s Leadership Development Carnival. The carnival, which was started by Dan McCarthy of the Great Leadership blog, takes an occasional road trip. This month, it’s at Mary’s blog “The Point Blog.” Twenty nine leadership bloggers  contributed to the carnival with thoughts on: –  Managing the […]

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@weaveinfluence Hosts May 2014 Leadership Development Carnival

May 6, 2014

I first met Becky Robinson when she was writing the blog “Leader Talk” for a university. She has since moved on and now owns Weaving Influence, but she still hangs with the leadership development crowd. This month, Becky hosts the May Leadership Development Carnival (which occasionally ventures out and about from its normal home at Dan […]

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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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Women as Mentors: Squashing the Queen Bee Myth

April 21, 2014

Do you work for a “Queen Bee?” This label, coined in the 1970’s by researchers at the University of Michigan, describes the phenomenon of a high-ranking female working in a male-dominated industry who does everything she can to thwart the rise of female colleagues. Is the Queen Bee a myth, or does she really exist? […]

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