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How to handle dissent on the team

Who loves disagreement and dissent? Well, there might be a few who love the drama, but for the majority of leaders and co-workers, it's not an item that we look forward to encountering. Dissent has to be addressed though in order to be an effective team that has high...

Bouncing back from a layoff

Facing a layoff can be a challenging and emotionally overwhelming experience. It can rock your financial stability, self-esteem, and career trajectory. To make matters worse they can also come out of nowhere at times, taking you at a total, unwelcome surprise....

How to create an irresistible pitch to your leader

Whether it's trying to gain additional resources, implementing a new strategy on the team, or asking for a raise, one crucial that you will need in your toolbox is the ability to create a successful pitch that not only captures your leader's attention...

Situational Leadership – Delegation

“They need to delegate more,” is a phrase we often hear when gathering feedback about leaders. While it may be easy to point out, the statement may not be as simple as it looks to act on. Delegation is the pinnacle of situational leadership and leaders can miss...

Situational Leadership – Supporting

Have you ever worked with someone who has all the talent, skill, and know-how in the world and yet still doesn’t believe in themselves quite as much as you do?While the person could be dealing with Imposter Syndrome, they likely just need more support as they begin to...

Situational Leadership – Coaching

People love coaches. Think of the numerous films and shows that tell the story of a great coach acting as the North Star that guides the team or individual to the initially improbable victory. On a personal level, you may have had a coach in your academic career or...

Situational Leadership – Directing

We are all on different points of our personal leadership and life journey. It’s important to remember those differences as you coach, develop, and lead others in a positive way. A great leader changes and adapts their style of leadership and communication based...

Reasons for Leaving: Unsustainable work expectations

Have you ever been through a slog of work and thought to yourself, "When is this going to let up?" It may be due to layoffs where you are now taking on an additional workload. Perhaps the team is already short-staffed, or maybe you are going through a major culture...

Reasons for Leaving: Lack of meaningful work

Meaningful work is something that we crave, whether we think about it and realize it on a daily basis or not.  According to a McKinsey and Company study, 31% of people would quit their job due to a lack of meaningful work. Another study showed that people were...

Reasons for Leaving: Uncaring and uninspiring leaders

Have you ever heard the term that people don't leave companies, they leave their leader? It's true, 34% of people would leave their job because of uncaring and inspiring leaders, and according to a McKinsey & Company survey, it's one of the top reasons that people...

Reasons for Leaving: Lack of career development and achievement

A recent McKinsey & Company research study showed that the most common reason a person quit their job wasn't money related, but due to a lack of career development and advancement. It makes sense for those that are still in the growth phase of their career. They...

You’ve hit your goal. Now what?

I love this time of year. Not only is it my birthday week, but it's also the beginning of a run of several holidays here in the US. It's also a time of year when my teams and I are taking stock of the accomplishments of the year and starting to solidify what our goals...

Guiding your team through uncertain times

These days, it seems like we are always living in uncertain times. The biggest one in recent memory is obviously COVID, but ever since its peak, there have been constant shake-ups in the business world and in life in general. It doesn't help that the uncertainty has...

Create authentic professional presence

I've completed thousands of talent calibrations and talent reviews in my years as a talent leader for organizations. One common theme that comes up year after year regardless of leveling in the organization is the idea of having a good professional or executive...

Embrace differences in those that you develop

In sports, a good coach knows that each member of their team needs different focuses and development in order for them to play at their best. We often forget that in the business world as we launch general leadership or on-the-job training and expect the same...

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