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The Best Mentors Ask These 8 Questions

An essential part of being a good mentor is asking the right questions. Here’s a cheat sheet to get you started.<p>It’s hard to deny that good mentors are important. The best workplaces have formal programs to develop mentoring relationships. LinkedIn has even launched a feature to help you find one. …

Leadership

Companies Are Bad at Identifying High-Potential Employees

A high-potential employee is usually in the top 5% of employees in an organization. These people are thought to be the organization’s most capable, most motivated, and most likely to ascend to positions of responsibility and power. To help these employees prepare for leadership roles in a …

How Philosophy Makes You a Better Leader

The goal of most executive coaching and leadership development is behavior change—help the individual identify and change the behaviors that are getting in the way of, and reinforce the behaviors associated with, effective leadership. But what about the beliefs and values that <i>drive</i> behavior?<p>The …

Why “Company Culture” Is a Misleading Term

Kenneth Andersson for HBR<p>A great deal of ink has been spent over the past thirty years or so on the idea of corporate or organizational culture. Back in the 1980’s, I picked up a now-famous book, Thomas J. Peters and Robert H. Waterman’s <i>In Search of Excellence</i>, that praised the unique management …

Are you ready to decide?

Before doing so, executives should ask themselves two sets of questions.<p><b>Good managers—</b>even great ones—can make spectacularly bad choices. Some of …

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No, That Meeting Could Not Have Been an Email

We’ve all been there. We’re sitting in back-to-back hour-long informational meetings. We try to sit attentively as waves of information are poured over us in report after report. Eventually, we realize the meeting is coming to a close and no decisions are being made. We’re bored, we’re tired, and …

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Overcoming the Toughest Common Coaching Challenges

Great managers strive to do right by their employees — treat them well, motivate them to succeed, and provide the support and coaching each person needs. This is often easier said than done, especially when it comes to coaching. That’s because coaching takes time, skill, and careful planning. And …

Manage Your Team’s Collective Time

Most professionals approach time management the wrong way. People who fall behind at work are seen to be personally failing—just as people who give up on diet or exercise plans are seen to be lacking self-control or discipline. In response, countless time management experts focus on individual …

Calculating the Market Value of Leadership

In recent years, investors have learned that defining the market value of a firm cannot just be based on finances. GAAP and FASB standards require financial reporting of earnings, cash flow, and profitability – all measures that investors have traditionally examined. But recently, these financial …

Differing Work Styles Can Help Team Performance

Most leaders now recognize that the best teams leverage diversity to achieve long-term success. But many think about it in pretty narrow terms: gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and/or age. Sometimes they also consider organizational attributes, like function or rank.<p>But there’s …

Most People Don’t Want to Be Managers

Most American workers aren’t interested in becoming managers. At least, that’s what a new CareerBuilder survey seems to suggest.<p>Of the thousands surveyed, only about one-third of workers (34%) said they aspire to leadership positions – and just 7% strive for C-level management (the rest said they …

The Go-To Person: What You Need To Become One

You know the names: Michael Jordan, John Elway, Reggie Jackson. And those names conjure up the same images. You picture a three pointer being drained at the last second; a game-saving 98 yard drive in the closing minutes; a series-clinching home run in front of the home crowd.<p>You call them …