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Don’t Let Lazy Managers Drive Away Your Top Performers

Don’t Let Lazy Managers Drive Away Your Top Performers

By Mark C. Bolino and Anthony C. Klotz // This article was originally posted on hbr.org. Many people believe that being a good manager only requires common sense, and that it is therefore easy to be one. If this were true, good managers would be commonplace at all levels of more organizations, and as a […]

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The 6 Fundamental Skills Every Leader Should Practice

The 6 Fundamental Skills Every Leader Should Practice

By Ron Ashkenas and Brook Manville// This article was originally posted on hbr.org. There’s an old story about a tourist who asks a New Yorker how to get to the storied concert venue Carnegie Hall and is told, “Practice, practice, practice.”  Obviously, this is good advice if you want to become a world-class performer — but […]

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Onboarding Isn’t Enough

Onboarding Isn’t Enough

By Mark Byford, Michael D. Watkins, and Lena Triantogiannis// This article was originally posted on hbr.org.   An executive we’ll call Lucas Jacobsen was ready for a new challenge. So after more than a decade at a Fortune 100 diversified manufacturing firm, where he had risen to lead product development in the power systems division, he decided […]

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Get the Most Out of Executive Coaching

Get the Most Out of Executive Coaching

By Steven Berglas // This article was originally posted on hbr.org. Remember “light bulb” jokes? My favorite was, “How many shrinks does it take to change a light bulb? One, but the light bulb must want to change.” It’s true: Unless or until a person decides to commit to change wholeheartedly, no coach can help move him […]

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How Self-Reflection Can Help Leaders Stay Motivated

How Self-Reflection Can Help Leaders Stay Motivated

By Klodiana Lanaj, Trevor A. Faulk, and Amir Erez// This article was originally posted on hbr.org.   We tend to romanticize leadership. When friends are promoted to managerial positions, we slap them on the back, tell them that they finally made it, and congratulate them for their hard work. Our reactions are understandable. Occupying a […]

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What to Do When Personal and Professional Commitments Compete for Your Time

What to Do When Personal and Professional Commitments Compete for Your Time

By Elizabeth Grace Saunders // This article was originally posted on hbr.org. You’re double booked. It’s not just one meeting scheduled over another. It’s something for your family at odds with a work commitment. These situations can trigger guilt and stress. Guilt because you feel like you’re letting others down — no matter what you decide, […]

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How to Diversify Your Professional Network

How to Diversify Your Professional Network

By Amy Nauiokas  // This article was originally posted on hbr.org. Diverse networks can foster new ways of thinking by connecting you to people whose viewpoints, insights, resources, and lived experiences differ from your own. Consider a 1985 study by Carnegie Mellon researcher Robert Kelley and Janet Caplan, who analyzed the characteristics of exceptional engineers at Bell Labs. […]

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Most Managers Don’t Know How to Coach People. But They Can Learn

Most Managers Don’t Know How to Coach People. But They Can Learn

By Julia Milner and Trenton Milner // This article was originally posted on hbr.org.   Are you successful at coaching your employees? In our years studying and working with companies on this topic, we’ve observed that when many executives say “yes,” they’re ill-equipped to answer the question. Why? For one thing, managers tend to think they’re coaching when […]

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Research: To Get People to Embrace Change, Emphasize What Will Stay the Same

Research: To Get People to Embrace Change, Emphasize What Will Stay the Same

By Merlijn Venus, Daan Stam, and Daan van Knippenberg // This article was originally posted on hbr.org. Common wisdom in management science and practice has it that to build support for a change project, visionary leadership is needed to outline what is wrong with the current situation. By explaining how the envisioned change will result […]

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