6 Steps to Jumpstart Your Career Transition

In the past month, I have seen an increased demand for career transition coaching. This tells me one of three things: either I've been farther off the grid than I realized (entirely possible!), or unemployment is actually higher than the reported 4% (US Bureau Labor Statistics), or significantly more people are disengaged and dissatisfied enough with their current jobs that they are considering alternatives. I believe it's the latter. In my experience as an organizational development practitioner and executive coach,...

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Develop or Become Obsolete: Part III – Your Leadership Development

In my last post in this series, I wrote about Professional Development as an intentional focus on learning skills to be successful in business. Leadership Development, on the other hand, focuses on learning how to enlist, inspire, influence, guide and direct teams or individuals toward some predetermined result or outcome. This is not to be confused with Management, which is more focused on process and policy.   Whether we are leading our teams, families, communities or ourselves, we can practice, practice,...

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Develop or Become Obsolete: Part I – Your Personal Development

[caption id="attachment_473" align="alignleft" width="480"] personal development concept on blackboard[/caption] Earlier in my career, I worked for a VP, Human Resources, who was fond of saying, "Develop or Become Obsolete!" He meant this for our own professional development, as much as for business strategy execution. While this bold statement initially caught me off guard, I learned that he was fostering a culture of continuous learning. He was challenging us to learn and practice as much as possible to stay competitive and successful. This quote has...

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Top 10: Ways to Lead by Example

Good leaders must lead by example. Through their actions, which are aligned with what they say, they become a person others want to follow. When leaders say one thing but do another, they erode trust, a critical element of productive leadership. Here are 10 of the dozens of ways to lead by example. 1. Take responsibility. Blame costs you your credibility, keeps team members on the defensive and ultimately sabotages real growth. 2. Be truthful. Inaccurate representation affects everyone. Show...

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