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Revisit the “career stories” you tell yourself. Are they holding you back?

Positioning yourself for opportunity is all about storytelling. But before you get wrapped up in how you tell your story to others, revisit the “career stories” you tell yourself. Make sure you evaluate the narratives you’ve developed about your interests and goals, your work history, your failures and capabilities, and determine whether those serve you …

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Big age gaps between managers and direct reports

Many leadership articles discuss how to communicate with and effectively manage the millennials. But what about managing an age gap in the other direction? How should millennial managers supervise someone older – maybe much older? There can be a decades-wide spread between a manager and a direct report. Awkward, uncomfortable, even upsetting? Most of the …

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Avoid an implementation issue that ruins a great strategy

Just one critical implementation issue will ruin the most beautiful, perfect strategy. I’d like to talk about those types of implementation issues. In my mind, there are only three: insufficient buy-in from people; failure to achieve brilliant execution; and lack of a pivot when new information points to the strategy being wrong. Even if you …

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Navigating change: how to be visible and protect yourself

UPDATE: Check out this week’s Facebook Live on this topic, which does a deep dive with some practical steps not included in this blog post:    The foundation of navigating change in your organization’s leadership is managing up. You must align your work and results with the priority initiatives of your (new) leadership. While you should …

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After employee termination: how to care for the existing team

Working in isolation is very rare these days, so when one of your team members is fired, it can have a negative ripple effect that can seriously impact productivity. So when employee termination affects your team, what should you do? Of course, it’s important to get work done – even more so when you’re one …

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Mid-Year Reviews: Only Two Solutions You Need to Get Back on Track

For many organizations, mid-year reviews on job performance are either underway or soon to be underway. You probably developed goals for 2018 in the latter part of 2017, and it’s the perfect time to see how far we’ve come! … or how far we haven’t come. Every year, a few of my direct reports would …

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Growth Mindset: The #1 Key to Management Mastery

Companies often set up their management roles as rewards for outstanding individual performance. There is one fundamental problem with this: individual achievement has nothing to do with good management. (See my post on the differences among leadership and management and authority.) But all is not lost! In order to transition well from stellar individual performance to …

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Managing Up: Address the 3 Biggest Challenges to Mastering this Elusive Skill

When I interviewed a number of mid-career managers about their greatest pain points, one item came up again and again: managing up. You can find a lot of great articles online about managing up, and they’re useful for tips and things you can try to do to manage up better. However, I’m interested in exploring …

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