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.

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

Wrestling With Feedback Part 3—Conduct Feedback Discussions with Empathy and Clarity

In Part 3 of this series, the emphasis is on managing the discussions successfully with empathy and clarity. It turns out when the feedback discussion goes off the rails, as happens all too often, it's because empathy and clarity were nowhere to be found.

Wrestling with Feedback Part 2—Seven Actions to Help You Succeed

For many managers, giving and receiving feedback is challenging. However, when feedback is approached properly, it can be a powerful tool for strengthening individual and group performance. Here are seven actions you can take to succeed with feedback:

Wrestling With Feedback, Part 1—Why We Don’t Like the Idea of Giving or Receiving It

We all can benefit from the right type of specific, behavioral, task, or situational-focused feedback. Unfortunately, our natural fear of either giving or receiving feedback often gets in the way of harnessing value from this input.

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