Got potential?

So much possibility wrapped up in that one word: potential. Maybe you – or one of your kids – got that dreaded note on a report card: “Not living up to their potential.” Ugh. But here’s the thing about potential: it’s meaningless. Without action, without the willingness to take risks and make mistakes, without the drive to learn and fumble and …

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Why leadership development programs fail

Leadership training programs don’t always have the best reputation for success. Perhaps you’ve experienced this: your company allocated budget for a program, spent time, effort, and money conducting the training, had high hopes for a great outcome, and … ended up disappointed. Sadly, it’s not all that unusual – AND it’s completely avoidable. Let’s look at some of the reasons …

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Leadership development during the pandemic

I’m hearing from many people right now that they have no budget for leadership development. Or that they’re trying to figure out how to do leadership development when everyone’s working from home, and certainly not gathering in a central community learning space.  Or – both.  It’s frustrating, because they also know that leadership development is important. You know that. In …

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Motivation is a crock

There. I said it. Motivation is a crock. Willpower is too. Motivation is fickle. Sometimes it’s there, sometimes not. Waiting for it to wander back into your life means you’re not doing the things you really do want to do. If only you “felt like it.” Willpower. Gritting your teeth and forcing yourself forward. Exhausting. And when you’re exhausted, just …

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Standing out – virtually

If you’re not in the office with your manager, how do you stand out and get noticed? And if you’re not in the office with your team, how do you know who’s doing what – and how well? These questions are bouncing around all over the place right now. And I get it. Things have changed, and it feels weird and …

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When “awkward” is a good thing

Learning is change. Change is learning. Both are challenging. You’re doing things differently. You’re thinking new thoughts. You’re discovering new perspectives and new ways of being. You are becoming different. And that’s awkward. Fumbling through a new language, going from an iPhone to an Android, figuring out how to go  someplace you’ve never been (literally or metaphorically), starting a new …

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The myth of the Career Fairy Godmother

I have bad news: there’s no magical Career Fairy Godmother poised to grant your wishes for success. Your career is yours. No one cares about your career as much as you do – or at least, as much as you should. But here’s the challenge. You went through your school years being told what to do to succeed. And “succeed” …

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What’s on the flip side?

What’s on the flip side of your skills? What’s on the flip side of your success? What’s on the flip side of your failures or problems? Similarly, what’s on the flip side of your employees’ skills, successes, failures, and problems? There are two sides to everything. A failure at one thing is a success at something else.  And vice versa. You can …

gljudson Career development, Difficult people

Do the verb!

Want to be a leader? Lead. Want to be good at communication? Communicate. Want to be an author? Write. Want to get better at negotiating? Negotiate. It’s that simple. DO THE VERB instead of wishing to be. Is it easy? Probably not. But you can’t get to being without doing what you want to be. And wishing you could be …

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Identifying Emerging Leaders

When you leave it up to managers to select employees for professional development programs, there’s a lot of uncertainty involved. It depends on the quality of those managers. Are they good managers, alert to their employees’ accomplishments, skills, and career ambitions? Or are they overwhelmed, frustrated, and perhaps with their own political ax to grind? What inherent – or, let’s …

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