Coach-Coach-Change

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Recruiting quality talent is already an expensive process but replacing talented individuals can be even more costly. ‘Coach-Coach-Change’ is an approach to performance management that emphasizes retaining employees through coaching rather than a weeding out process. The approach is built on the belief that leaders have a responsibility to set clear expectations, train and coach… Read more »

Win-Win Recruiting: the Business and the Professional

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There is a new paradigm evolving in the job market. It is creating a new world for employers and employees, businesses and candidates. It has a more level playing field than ever before. Therefore, it is important that both the business and the professional adapt a mindset of reciprocity, in everything from the early stages… Read more »

“What Color Is Your Parachute” Book Review

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What Color Is Your Parachute

As a new year begins, many of us engage in the long-standing tradition of making a New Year’s resolution. We typically establish these to improve our self or some aspect of our life, including our careers. Resolutions often involve improving roles in our current organization, finding a new place of employment or launching our careers…. Read more »

Strengths-Based Development

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Strengths Based Development & SWOTH Analysis

Over the years, I’ve worked closely with individuals who feel stalled in their development and the value they provide. One common theme among them was that they and their leaders had focused on overcoming their weaknesses. In the end, however, this approach seemed to have a paralyzing effect on the individual and a biasing effect… Read more »

Servant Leadership

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Service Leadership

The idea of a servant leader may seem odd at first. A leader is defined as an individual who goes before or with to show the way. On the other hand, a servant is an individual in the service of another. Can these two characteristics, leader and servant, be brought together? Even if they can,… Read more »

Generation vs. Individual

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Generation vs Individual

Some months ago, I shared a post on LinkedIn regarding the continued emphasis on targeting the needs of different generations, with a particular emphasis on the rising millennial generation. This discussion concerned me then and continues to do so now. Long before the focus on generational differences, there was a lot of energy and resources… Read more »

The Levels of Listening

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Levels of Listening

A number of years ago, it was pointed out to me that the word ‘listen’ contains the exact same letters as the word ‘silent.’ I’ve often wondered if it’s a coincidence or serendipity. Either way, it works nicely. It was also pointed out to me by a great mentor, Tom Shimizu, that most of us… Read more »

“Crucial Conversations” Book Review

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Crucial Conversations book review

“Crucial Conversations” by Patterson, Grenny, McMillan and Switzler is not a book that should be glanced over. When you really immerse yourself in this book, you’ll find that it holds immense value in developing professional and personal communications. After reading this review, I hope that you will have a desire to dive into the book… Read more »

Development Through Feedback

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Development Through Feedback

Over the years, I have heard several different adjectives used to describe both sides of the feedback coin. For example, positive versus negative or positive versus constructive. For the purpose of this article, I am going to make two assumptions that determine the words used to describe feedback. First, the feedback is provided from a genuine place… Read more »