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Goal Setting Objections: What To Expect and What To Do About Them

New year = new goals. That’s true for you and the people who report to you. Most of your employees will be comfortable and reasonably engaged with the whatever goal setting flavor you’re trying to sell them on, but the reality is that some folks might flat out object. When the people we manage don’t jump on board with the enthusiasm we hope …

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5 Realities That Drive Innovation  

Newsflash: You don’t have to cure cancer, go on Shark Tank, be in tech, or work for a trendy Startup firm to innovate.   The good news is there’s space for all of us to innovate in whatever our chosen specialty. You don’t have to revolutionize your field or the world. Here’s my short list of the five most important things …

COACHING 101: Don’t Be A Vampire and Please Shut Up

Check out this clip from the Showtime series “House of Lies”: If you manager tries that hard to sell you on the value of their coaching — run. They’re not in it for you. They’re also probably not as evil as the blood sucking vampire in the clip above. Probably. Chances are their view of coaching is out of whack. Too many managers’ view of …

Shower Guilt + Red Bull Binges = Work-Life Balance Problem

It’s birthday eve for me. My tradition for the past few years has been to use today as a personal new years eve of sorts. It’s a good opportunity to reflect on what’s occurred in the last year. I’ll list out milestones, lessons learned, people I’m grateful for. I also pick some areas I need to improve on in the …

MONEYBALL: Coaching Cagey Employees

I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I’ve been writing for the next module in our leadership development series. This module is on coaching – specifically the different types of coaching that managers of people should be doing all the time. Most managers don’t coach nearly as often as they should. The best coaches are doing their thing frequently and consistently. One big reason managers don’t …

YOU’VE GOT THE POWER: Your Employees Don’t Act Always Like Themselves With You

Quick question: Have you ever modified your behavior based on who you were with? Of course you have. One of the many lessons you learned as a kid was that certain situations and people call for a certain set of manners and behaviors. You learned that the way that you spoke with close friends wasn’t necessarily the same way to speak …