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5 Signs You Might Be a Bully

Just cause you got the monkey off your back doesn’t mean the circus has left town. –  George Carlin In a Peanuts cartoon Lucy demanded that Linus change TV channels,

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Three Troubles That Give You Trouble

Drag your thoughts away from your troubles…by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it. – Mark Twain A story is told of Somerset Maugham,

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Performance Requires More than Motivation and Ability

People often think that for employees to perform well all they need are the appropriate ability and skills and the motivation to achieve great results. But there is a missing

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Criticism: Behind Closed Doors or in Plain Sight?

Nearly every company revolves around the central idea of team performance.  The synergy created by having multiple personalities and motivations can help any project be completed with efficiency and with

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Grow Your Own Talent Pool

So let’s say there is a skills gap in your company. If budgets allow, your first inclination might be to hire someone from outside the company to close that gap.

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Your Dance Between Manager and Coach

The trend these days is clearly for managers to take on more of a coaching role. But they still need to be the manager! These are two different roles. As

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Are You the Expert, the Doctor, or the Process Guy?

In his short, wonderful book, Helping, Edgar Schein presents us, whether we are a professional coach or a manager playing

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Praise their Process Over their Competence

The name and work of Carol Dweck keeps coming up in discussions among experts in cognitive development. I wrote a

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Every Manager a Coach

A recent study reinforces the value of coaching by managers throughout the organization. Here are a few key points it

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Coaching a Manager Who is Too Tough

    Coaching a Manager Who is Too Tough

In a previous post we examined a manager who was too easy on his team. In many cases an assignment

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Coaching a Manager Who is Too Easy

    Coaching a Manager Who is Too Easy

The Plant Manager was becoming increasingly frustrated. His production manager was struggling to meet plant performance targets and was not

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When Achievers Stall

    When Achievers Stall

High achievers are prone to enter a time in their career where they plateau or stall. Perhaps promotions are not

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Leaders Don’t Allow Tasks to Take Time Away from People

    Leaders Don’t Allow Tasks to Take Time Away from People

With business demands and the amount of information increasing, it is tempting for managers to hunker down and spend most

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It's the Same Stuff, Even at Google

    It's the Same Stuff, Even at Google

Google, I’m sure you will agree, is a business built on metrics and analytics. Well, they recently completed an comprehensive, rigorous internal study about what made great managers…at Google. The

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