learning

networking

Networking: The 4 Things You’re Probably Not Doing But Should Be

Networking warm or hot can be easy. Networking cold – especially if you’re more introverted and don’t have a lot of practice under your belt – can be extremely intimidating. When I was starting, the idea of just showing up somewhere and chatting people up was awkward and confusing. But I’ve learned a few things …

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strengths and weaknesses

Strengths and weaknesses: Using one as a gateway to address the other

Strengths and weaknesses. Areas of command vs. areas of improvement. Stuff you’re good at on one hand, and stuff you’re bad at on the other hand. People often present these characteristics at opposite ends of a spectrum or as absolutes. You might get similar feedback at work year after year, and even with nominal improvements, …

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manager mid-year review

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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management growth mindset

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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Application of the 3-2-1 Model for Critical Thinking

I simplified critical thinking into a short model because I would rather we all practice it more systematically in our daily lives. I would prefer to see that critical thinking is not something we have to strive toward when it really matters, but rather, we flex that muscle so regularly, it’s second-nature. Super complex critical …

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