Overwhelmed Leaders: The Cost of Being a Super Hero

Most leaders display an outward confidence that creates an aura of leadership gravitas. As a coach to leaders I have a unique vantage point to see “behind the curtain,” and it’s quite revealing. When I begin an engagement with a leader, I see the title and the accomplishments. The confidence and the polish. And [...]

Overwhelmed Leaders: The Cost of Being a Super Hero2017-09-04T05:41:25+00:00

Investing in New Managers – The Benefits May Surprise You

One of the vexing questions for companies (especially in the small to mid-size category) is about investing in new managers – and how it benefits you. The questions that lurk under the surface are usually along these lines: How can we know if investing in new managers is worthwhile? What if we just let [...]

Investing in New Managers – The Benefits May Surprise You2017-10-05T21:10:49+00:00

Four Secrets to Developing Excellent Managers

It’s no secret that managers are key to a high performing organization. And yet the rate of failure is stunning. Research shows 75% of employees in the U.S. feel their direct manager is the worst part of their job. And 65% would rather have a new boss than a pay raise. Wow! So how [...]

Four Secrets to Developing Excellent Managers2017-09-04T05:49:15+00:00

5 Books Every Developing Manager Should Read

Does summertime make you want to dig your toes into the sand and your mind into a good book? Many of us crank up our reading in the summer for pure enjoyment. How about sprinkling in some books to enhance your development as a manager? Sometimes the perspective of a good author is just [...]

5 Books Every Developing Manager Should Read2017-09-04T05:49:44+00:00

What To Do about Millennials and Development

How does your organization approach millennials and their development? It's a quandary most of us have heard expressed this way: The CFO says, "What if we develop our people and they leave?" The CHRO replies, "What if we don't develop them and they stay?". It feels like a catch 22, doesn't it? Millennials are [...]

What To Do about Millennials and Development2017-09-04T05:50:05+00:00

Increasing Emotional Intelligence in Leaders: Three Steps

Over two decades after Daniel Goleman first published Emotional Intelligence people continue to be keenly interested in the concept. I saw evidence this week as my company sponsored a SHRM-Atlanta event. We posted a flip chart with the question “What do you think new managers need to learn most?” Event attendees placed colored dots [...]

Increasing Emotional Intelligence in Leaders: Three Steps2017-09-04T05:50:27+00:00

Five Best Practices for On-Boarding a New Leader

You’ve done the hard work of selecting the best candidate for the position. You’ve invested time and money in interviews, assessments, and decision-making meetings. You’ve set the start date. Now, what do you do to ensure your new leader gets the best start possible? A study conducted in 2008 by the Partnership for Public [...]

Five Best Practices for On-Boarding a New Leader2017-09-04T05:50:49+00:00

Using Team Assessments to Improve Teamwork

Assessments are powerful tools to help you make informed talent selection decisions. And they provide rich information for targeted individual development and coaching. But what about team assessments? Teams are often referred to as an organization’s most untapped competitive advantage. Teams can be tricky and easily swerve down the spiral of dysfunction. Getting off [...]

Using Team Assessments to Improve Teamwork2017-09-04T05:52:44+00:00

You wouldn’t buy a house without an inspection. Are you hiring without one?

If you’ve ever bought a house, you know getting an inspection is a requirement. In fact, the bank won’t make the loan without it. The fresh paint, fashionable light fixtures, and new carpet are enticing. But what’s under that carpet? What’s behind the painted walls? There’s a parallel to making good talent selection decisions. [...]

You wouldn’t buy a house without an inspection. Are you hiring without one?2017-09-04T05:52:38+00:00

Five Ways Management Training Fails

Okay, that’s a little negative. But it’s simply true. Fear not, we’ll offer some help! But for now, let’s take a look at what’s wrong with training for new managers. It doesn’t happen For many new managers the biggest fail is it simply doesn’t happen. HR leaders want more for their people. But due [...]

Five Ways Management Training Fails2017-09-04T05:52:32+00:00