Is leadership really your thing?

I’m a leadership geek. (My LinkedIn profile says so!) But that doesn’t mean I think everyone should be a leader. I’m a self-employed business owner, too. (My taxes tell me that! ha!) And I certainly don’t think everyone should be self-employed or own their own businesses. One of the things I emphasize over and over again, and have for pretty …

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Does employee engagement matter?

There’s a lot of flutter and angst around employee engagement and the latest trend of employee experience. Questions abound on everything from how to measure engagement on through to how to improve employee experience, leading to the ultimate dilemma: is it really worth the effort? Do happy employees actually improve the bottom line? For those of us who care about …

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It’s February. How are those goals coming?

We start out with a bang in January, all revved up by the sparkly clean untouched New Year. I don’t know about you, but by the middle of February, I’m usually a bit stunned by (a) how can it already be mid-February?, and (b) yikes. I’m not getting done what I meant to get done. This year, I’m happy to …

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Did you fall for “go big or go home”?

The Internet wants you to set BHAGs – Big Hairy Audacious Goals. Dream big or don’t bother. Shoot for the stars. Follow your passion. It’s great to have a big dream. But it’s not enough. It doesn’t stop there – because if it does stop there, you won’t get started, which means you’ll never get where you want to go. …

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How are you playing the game of life?

Are you playing to win – or are you playing not to lose? Here’s what playing not to lose looks like. Not speaking up when you have an idea. Keeping your mouth shut and head down even when you disagree. Hoping “they” will notice how hard you’re working and give you that raise or promotion (instead of asking for it). Staying in …

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Whose career is it, anyway?

I wandered into my career by chance. From liberal arts major, to business intelligence software design and development, to Director of a technology consulting division, to leadership geek … There’s a thread connecting it all, but I can only see it in hindsight. (More than a thread, really; it’s a consistant theme from early childhood of understanding people’s motivations, needs, …

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Which type of goal works best?

Tis the season! Everyone’s setting – or has already set – goals for the year. But what you may not realize is that there’s not just one type of goal. Most people set … Outcome Goals An outcome goal is exactly what it sounds like: a goal to achieve a specific outcome or result. Lose 25 pounds. Drive an 8% increase …

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Is it time to … get out?

Most people stay in unfulfilling, stressful, challenging-in-all-the-wrong-ways jobs for at least 18 months longer than they should. (That’s not a formal study, but it is my strong opinion after four decades of observation.) There’s safety in a familiar, known situation, even when it’s uncomfortable, frustrating, and potentially unhealthy. Human beings don’t like change, even when it’s likely to be change for …

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How’s learning working for you?

Do you read leadership books? (Or, really, any type of professional or personal development material.) How’s that working for you? I read a lot. And I’ve noticed that if I take the time to do the exercises from a book offering concepts and ideas for my business or personal improvement, two things happen. First, I often get bogged down. I read …

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