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Culture Mapping

Culture: the elephant in the room<p>Are you struggling to break down organizational silos, increase creativity, engagement and collaboration? Do you …

Employee Engagement

3 Ways To Be Less Stupid Today

Step one: After you finish this article, write down what you think of it. (A tweet counts!)<p>Sally Adee went on a <i>foolhardy</i> mission–to understand stupidity. She returned with some clarifying insights that could help make us all a little smarter.<p>Adee, who’s a features editor at the <i>New Scientist</i>, spent …

How Busy People Make Time To Read–And You Can Too

Haven’t finished a book since college? Between work, family, and social lives, trying to find time to read can be more effort than relaxing hobby. Here’s how to make more time for your favorite page-turners.<p>Reading is one of the most pleasurable activities out there. On a scale of human enjoyment I …

6 Habits of Super Successful People | Inc.com

Why are some people more successful than others? There’s really no mystery: It's because they do things differently than people who are less successful. Here are six things that very successful people do every day. Embrace these habits and you can greatly accelerate your own success.<p>1. <b>Keep Your Eye</b> …

How to Get the Most Out of a Conference

Conferences are an overwhelming rush of presentations, conversations, and potential meet-ups, and it can be tough to know where to focus your time. How do you figure out which sessions to attend? Should you skip the keynote to meet an important contact? How many coffee dates are too many? And what …

The Importance of Doing Nothing

By giving the brain ‘downtime’ we can improve mental health and allow ideas to incubate.<p><b>“Learning without reflection is a waste, reflection without</b> …

4 Steps To Becoming More Adaptable To Change

In a world that’s only going to become more complex, here’s how to adjust your mind-set to take the fear out of the inevitable.<p>The world can seem like a daunting, complicated place at times, especially considering the perpetually increasing complexity of our jobs.<p>I could count on a single hand the …

A Social Brain Is a Smarter Brain

It is well established that brain games and puzzles act as calisthenics for our brains, expanding their capacity and improving their overall health. More surprising are the findings of a study led by researchers at the University of Michigan. It shows that just as effective in building cognitive …

You Can’t Delegate Change Management

Many managers, even at the most senior levels, don’t fully appreciate the difference between announcing a major change initiative and actually making it happen. When senior leaders disappear after a big change announcement, and leave lower-level managers to execute it, they are missing in action. …

6 Steps For Successfully Bringing Change To Your Company

There’s a right way and a wrong way to push for organizational change. Here’s how to avoid backlash, and get everybody involved in the process.<p>In working with organizations over the years, we’ve observed a leadership pattern that sabotages change. It occurs when senior leaders, who have been …

Seven Tips for Shifting a Mindset in Your Organization

We’re all fascinated by new ideas and how they can grab hold of us, influencing how we think and affecting how we take action. How does Atul Gawande (the checklist doctor) get inside my head, when others don’t? Why does Gwyneth Paltrow make me adjust my behaviors, when others can’t?<p>In business, …

How to Have a Coaching Conversation – Talent Management

Coaching is the cornerstone of great leadership. Building a pipeline of leaders that can achieve results through people is the key to sustained …

How to Make Time for Career Conversations – Talent Management

Over the course of a career, talent managers may have attended a time-management or priority-setting workshop during which an instructor piles rocks …

Do You Make These 10 Mistakes in a Conversation?

Can you improve your conversation skills? Certainly.<p>It might take a while to change the conversation habits that’s been ingrained throughout your …

Critical Conversations For Dummies Cheat Sheet - dummies

Are you looking to change behaviors in employees and create productive and dynamic team players? Critical conversations are a way to do just that! …

13 Simple Ways You Can Have More Meaningful Conversations

Too often, a conversation results in wasted time — and nothing productive to show for it. Whether you’ve run into someone at a conference or you have a scheduled call, you can use specific tactics to have a more meaningful conversation. Here are 13 ways to add meaning to your conversations:<p><b>1.</b> <b>Don’t</b> …

10 Tips for Effective Workplace Communication

Communication is something we do reflexively -- like breathing. We talk to our spouses, kids and friends without giving much thought to how we're …

The Workplace

What Makes Organizational Conversations Effective? Participant Skill or Skillful Design?

I have been writing and talking to groups about Collective Sensemaking for some time, and in this post I answer a question I am often asked, "Can any …

The Heartbeat of the Organization

Increasingly employees do not go into the office to get their work done – they are able to work quite effectively from a remote site. In this virtual …

How to Start Effective Conversations with Your Employees

How to Start Effective Conversations with Your Employees—simple technique to measure challenge level, fun level, and team perception.

How to Hold Effective Talent Conversations

Not long ago, we were talking with senior executives about some heavy-duty leadership strategy and talent work. Important, long-range stuff.<p>But the execs were also looking for some immediate wins. What could the company do right away to improve its talent development process?<p>“Help your leaders so …

What Career Conversations Do Employees Want?

How reframing career-development talks can help you retain your best employees and help them succeed.<p>Year after year, surveys find enterprise employees dissatisfied with how they are being supported in their careers. In fact, most of them not only do not feel supported, they often feel downright …

Career Conversation Starts with a Single Question

Career development is one of the most misunderstood management activities today. Too frequently it’s all about the forms, checklists, and annual …

Can having 'those' conversations at work really make a difference?

Building trust and respect in the workplace is a significant contributor to a high performing organisation. The better the relationships, the more …

Employee Engagement

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Difficult Conversations: 9 Common Mistakes

<b>Mistake #1: We fall into a combat mentality.</b><p>When difficult conversations turn toxic, it’s often because we’ve made a key mistake: we’ve fallen into a combat mentality. This allows the conversation to become a zero-sum game, with a winner and a loser. But the reality is, when we let conversations …