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Sometimes you should just leave well enough alone, but it’s not always that easy, is it? You go searching around, connecting to your employees on LinkedIn and Facebook, and then you start finding their Twitter feeds…ah, Twitter. What employees used to do in their blogs, now they can do 140 characters at a time. Yep, […]

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From Running Marathons to Running a Business

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A year ago, right about now, I was on top of the world. Literally. Finishing the 2016 North Pole Marathon was a dream come true, but it also represented the end of my journey to complete The Marathon Grand Slam (a marathon on all 7 continents and at the North Pole). From the time I […]

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Make Your Own Balala

A few years ago, back in the US, a friend of mine was looking for a new job, a process that is often pretty stressful. To help him stay positive, I pointed out that, between his professional and personal development, he has set himself up to be ready for many opportunities: his education, his experience, […]

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Managing Interns

If you are looking at moving into leadership but not sure that you are ready, give some thought to managing interns. It can be a lot of fun, and if you mess it up you won’t scar them for life. Maybe. Many firms use interns as a way to fill out their workforce while also […]

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Analytical Thinking is Not Just For Accountants

Good leadership requires multiple styles of thinking. Lots of people only have one style in their toolbox. This is not a good thing. There are plenty of different ways of thinking about problems and opportunities at work, but for now, let’s consider two: “Warm and Fuzzy” and “Analytical.” “Warm and Fuzzy” sounds dismissive, but it’s […]

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Hitler Never Took a “7 Habits” Class

We talked the other day about a growth mindset among your employees. Though we like to think employees inherently have a growth, rather than fixed, mindset, that is not necessarily the case. Things change, and you need to remember that your team can always be learning and developing, even if they happen to forget that. […]

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Making Your Own Luck

Many people attribute success or failure to good luck or bad luck. “Being in the right place at the right time,” or its opposite, are often viewed as the reason things go one way or another. Maybe it is true that some things “just happen.” Maybe there are in fact some things outside your control […]

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Stay Engaged While Staying Out of the Way

There is a lot of concern around the world about low employee engagement. We know that engaged employees do better work, do more work, and create a strong employment brand that decreases recruiting and retention costs. One response to engagement worries is to help make work more interesting, and to more carefully recruit employees who […]

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Executive MBAs

Publications like The Economist and Financial Times regularly publish lists of the top Executive MBA programs in the world. What does this mean for you? As you move from front-line work to leadership and management positions, you should certainly look at opportunities for education that will help you succeed. Nobody wants to go to a […]

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How Do You Know If Coaching Helps?

A few years ago, when I was teaching a master’s degree course on data analysis for HR, we had a session on the role of data in performance appraisals and coaching. Our discussion started by looking at the effective use of data in the appraisal process, but then we turned to look at measuring things […]

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