New Manager Development—Put Your Back Into It

New manager development in many organizations is ad hoc at best and non-existent at worst. And while short-term pressures often drive sudden decisions to move people into first-time manager roles, the potential for misfiring is high. For managers responsible for identifying and developing new managers, effort expended ahead of time in assessing the individual's fit for the role pays dividends for all parties. Of course, this takes some time and effort ahead of the need. As my old boss would say, "You have to put your back into it."

Career Reinvention is Never a Straight Line

There's a process to reinventing your career. Unfortunately, for those who like things nice and tidy and linear, the process regularly involves pivoting and back-tracking plus the occasional unanticipated course correction. And while there's no straight line or stage-gate process, the general flow of your career reinvention work eventually passes through these six steps. 

By |2018-09-13T13:23:04-05:00September 13th, 2018|Career, Career Reinvention|0 Comments

The High Cost of Feedback Left Unspoken

I fret over feedback poorly provided. I also recognize that not all feedback is worth listening to—a great deal depends upon the source and the motivations of the feedback giver. However, I worry a great deal about the incredible and immeasurable cost of important feedback never given. As Deming suggests, this value is unknown and unknowable. And that worries me.

By |2018-09-13T07:42:43-05:00September 12th, 2018|Career, Emerging Leaders, Leadership, Leadership Caffeine|0 Comments

Stop Talking and Start Drawing to Create Communication Clarity at Work

When you're struggling to create clarity on an important topic or navigating a heated group discussion, it pays to stop talking and start drawing. This sudden shift in medium takes the negative energy out of discussion and focuses your audience on designing a way forward. Here are 7 tips to help you get to the whiteboard in pursuit of communication clarity:

Surviving and Thriving When Presenting to Executives

The invitation to present to your organization's senior executives is a pivotal career moment for many young professionals. Crush it (in a good way), and you make a name for yourself and show up on the radar screen as someone on the rise and worth watching. Stumble, and you make an impression as well, just not the one you wanted to make. This article outlines ten tips to help you crush it with this great career opportunity.

By |2018-07-29T12:10:51-05:00July 29th, 2018|Career, Challenging Conversations|0 Comments

Three Communication Styles That Can Derail Your Career Progress

In any given workplace, there are a wide variety of communication styles on display. While the variation creates a rich environment for engaging and sharing ideas, there are a few styles and behaviors that get in the way of your communication and career success. If you or someone you know resemble one of the three styles: watchmaker, interruptor, or arguer, it's time to get help and adapt your communication style.

By |2018-07-19T08:24:15-05:00July 19th, 2018|Career, Challenging Conversations|2 Comments

The Leadership Opportunity—Incredible Adventures in Creation Ahead

There's the practical dimension of leading where we focus on the grind-it-out, get-things-done-through-others heavy lifting. However, there's a higher-order opportunity with this work. The leadership opportunity is truly about the potential to create by working with the ultimate medium: the ideas and efforts of others.