Category Archives: Leadership Development

Women and Leadership

May 29, 2015   

A few articles back I wrote about Women in the Workforce: Recent Trends, mentioning how women are working for major corporations but they aren’t leading them, with women holding only 16% of the director positions and only 4.6% of CEO positions at Fortune 500 companies. These statistics beg the question: What can women do to […]

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Prepping First-Time Managers

May 27, 2015   

When you read a statistic from the Corporate Executive Board that nearly 60% of frontline managers underperform during their first two years (source), it makes you wonder what’s really being done in companies to prepare employees for their first crack at management. Apparently, not nearly enough. It’s an all-too-common story: Companies take great workers and […]

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Women in the Workforce: Recent Trends

April 15, 2015   

Actress Patricia Arquette, in accepting the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress at the 87th Academy Awards ceremony on February 22, said these impassioned words: To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and […]

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Leadership Development: Keep it Happening ALL the Time

April 15, 2015   

Remember the concept of just in time? JIT originated as a production strategy popularized by Toyota to increase the return on investment by greatly reducing in-process inventory and all the costs that go along with it. Rather than having materials sitting around waiting to be used, companies got very specific and detailed around having materials […]

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Could You Fire a Family Member? Family Business Challenges.

March 25, 2015   

Could You Fire a Family Member? How to Handle Difficult Talent Management Challenges in Today’s Family Business Family business in America can’t be underestimated—these enterprises account for 50 percent of America’s GDP, 60 percent of employment in the U.S. and 78 percent of all new job creation. (Clark, 2014). It’s not just the U.S. where […]

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5 Tools for Greater Self-Knowledge

March 9, 2015   

One of the most important things for all employees in the 21st century is to increase their level of self-knowledge, and this is especially true for anyone with either management or leadership ambitions. Below are 5 of the best overall tools to ratchet up your own level of self-knowledge about who you are and what […]

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Career Development: The Needs Assessment

March 3, 2015   

An important aspect of boosting employee retention and enhancing loyalty is showing how your company is committed to each employee’s career development path. One way to do that is to institute a career needs assessment process. It happens all the time – as people stay with a company, they may outgrow their position and eventually […]

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Support Your Middle Managers

February 2, 2015   

Middle management is more often the butt of jokes than any other level within the organizational hierarchy. It’s a hard place to be for many reasons, but one that as many as 10.5 million American workers find themselves in at present. It’s worth remembering, however, that middle management represents a key time in the employee […]

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Wanted: Better Career Support from Higher Education

January 31, 2015   

President Barack Obama is trying to do what he can to make higher education more accessible to more people, from trying to make community college free to anyone who really wants it to coming up with new metrics that will help people choose which institution to attend when the time comes. Of course, it would […]

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Movin’ On Up: Millennials in the Workforce

January 17, 2015   

In my last article, I asked the question, Are You Ready for Generation Z?  I think many would have to answer that question with a firm no. After all, it seems many organizations are still trying to figure out how to manage their Gen Y workers, the so-called millennials. Well, while some of you are […]

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