Help Aspiring Managers Explore and Experiment Before Leaping into the Role

Moving from contributor to manager is one of the most awkward transitions a person will undertake in their working life. It's an unnatural act, where you take almost everything you know about success in your day job and push it over into the "Never Mind" column.Instead of perpetuating the "hope" approach to identifying and developing new managers, try my favorite question, "Why manage?" three times, backed by some exploration and experimentation.

Ignore these Five Facts of Organizational Life at Your Peril

The "I" topic for influence comes up regularly in my emerging leader coaching calls. Individuals frustrated with their assignments or feeling as if they're being bypassed for the best opportunities mostly share one common thread: they are under-invested in striving to grow their workplace influence. Here are five unavoidable facts of life that suggest influence development must be part of your work.

Leadership Caffeine™—Here’s Where You Should Slow Down to Move Faster

It's easy to swallow the dogma that has emerged around the "Cult of Speed" in our management thinking and teaching. Yet, the pursuit of speed in poorly designed systems exposes weaknesses and often precipitates project, strategy, and even organizational failure. Said simply, raw speed kills. Sometimes you have to tap the brakes and slow down to ultimately move faster.

Six Big Reasons Why You Will Love the Role of Manager

There's a reason I devote on average one-day per working week to supporting the development of new managers in my practice. It's important. And while I spend a good deal of time highlighting the challenges of the role, there are at least six big reasons why you might love this role.

Our Early 2021 Professional and Career Development Programs

We create programs to help people achieve things they never thought possible in their careers. From first-time managers to senior executives, career reinventors, people navigating challenging conversations, or individuals working to level up, we strive to bring this purpose to life in everything we do.

Leadership Caffeine™—A Haunting Tale of Critical Conversations Left Unspoken

Here's what happens when my long-standing fear of the "conversations never spoken" in the workplace collides with a fresh viewing of Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol. With my sincere apologies to Charles Dickens, enjoy this fun piece with a point. –Art

What I Learned from Your Team Members that Might Help You Manage More Effectively

While I support your team members' development through workshop programs and one-on-one coaching, my primary job is listening. Without violating our sacred commitment to confidentiality, here are some of the big themes I heard this year that might just help you manage more effectively. 

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