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Manager as Coach

If you're an emerging leader or have been one for a while but have never received coaching, it can be hard to know what managerial coaching is and isn't. And that's understandable—coaching can be a pretty nebulous concept. In this post, we'll break down what managerial coaching is and isn't, so you can understand what how to be a manager and coach for your team.

What is coaching? To help the employee with their needs, goals, and potential by helping create and implement plans for...

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Tips for Learning to Love the Naysayers at Work

Gulliver's Travels was a cartoon that featured a character named Glum. Glum was always unhappy and enjoyed complaining. He was always grumpy and seldom had anything positive to say.

"It'll never work."

"Turn back, we'll never make it."

"It's hopeless."

"I told you it'll never work."

"We're doomed."

Every organization has (at least) one Glum.

You know who I mean -- you may even be thinking of someone right now! -- the person who finds holes in every idea and a reason to keep every project from...

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Setting Expectations: #1 factor, 1% rule, and 3 key elements

setting expectations May 12, 2022

When it comes to setting expectations, you may have had an experience like this:

Your manager assigns you a project. Not just any project, a high-profile one that will give you exposure across the division. Excited and flattered all at once, you dig into the work, complete the tasks involved, and maybe even work late to nail it perfectly. Proud as a peacock, you deliver the goods, convinced that your efforts not only bore fruit, they manifested a proverbial orchard.

And boom – your boss...

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A Blank Canvas

productivity Mar 21, 2022

A Blank Canvas

There are many sources to find advice about leadership. I know that I enjoy books, blogs, and podcasts that explore all the facets. The simplest definition of leadership is “the ability to inspire others to act.” To be a leader, there is a key aspect that, I believe, is important, but often overlooked. A Harvard Business School article underscores that the true leadership key “lies in the collective ’we,’ not the individual I.’” (1)

So...

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Invisible Hats

Organizations are more than the sum of their parts. Too often, people underestimate the complexity of decision and how work actually gets done – there are more moving parts to a process than are documented. If you want to gain traction to move things along quicker, you need to start thinking about how everybody works together. In particular, you need to know how gets things done in your organization and by whom.

In this blog post, we'll discuss four different types of individuals who...

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Emotional Intelligence in “The Office” (both the sitcom and your work life)

emotional intelligence Dec 09, 2021

There’s a reason the show “The Office” continues to be a big hit. 

Because the characters on the show reflected people we recognize in everyday work life.

But unlike the show, you can’t simply shut off the antics that happen at your place of work (especially now in COVID..hello, 12-hour zoom days!). You need to learn to navigate the waters of office life if you want to achieve your goals as a manager.

This means you need to up your Emotional Intelligence game.

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Setting Expectations Starts With You: The First Thing to Let Go of To Be A Great Manager

management development Nov 05, 2021

Setting Expectations Starts With You: The First Thing to Let Go of To Be A Great Manager

Remember life before you were a manager?

How many times did you leave the office thinking, “If they only did things my way, we wouldn’t have half the problems we do”? Or “when I’m in charge, things are going to be different.”

Do you feel the same way now that you are a manager or have a larger scope of responsibility?

I would bet that you don’t. And if you do, you...

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The Secret to Creating the Brand Called You

The Secret to Creating the Brand Known as "You."

Unless you've been living under a rock, you're familiar with the importance of branding.

Amazon. Google. Starbucks. Peloton.

When you read that list, you know what businesses I'm talking about. You know what each of these companies does, who they attract, and why. They are single words that speak volumes. 

We live in an age where brands are ever-present, ubiquitous. 

But here's what you may not have considered: You are a brand too.

In...

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Emerging Leaders – Ideas to Map Your Career

The decisions you make as an emerging leader can impact your career trajectory. I say that not to scare you, but to emphasize how important it is that you make these choices carefully and with thought to the future. As your work to the next level as a leader, here are three of the best actions and ideas for mapping your future.

Find a Mentor

“Part of finding a mentor means learning how to appropriately follow up, add value to your mentor's life and career, and be proactive in your own...

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Work/Life Balance: What time is it when you are you reading this article?

balance productivity Oct 04, 2019

We’ve been told we can have it all, but is that even possible? Can we excel in a career without sacrificing our personal lives and relationships? I think it is possible to achieve work/life balance, but you have to manage your expectations. There are seasons in your life when you can push forward in your career and other times when you need to focus on your personal life or family demands. Learning how to achieve this elusive balance is a journey. These articles offer a few suggestions...

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