Laura Sandera

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Analytics Software: This Is No Place For Product Loyalty

An engineer came to me with a sample report that he used for monitoring a manufacturing process. The report included a mix of charts and statistics, all neatly arranged on a single page. It was attractive, informative and compact. He wanted to know if I could create the same report with a different …

Big Data

Not Just Memorizing Memorizing: There is A Science Behind Effective Studying

The final days before a big exam can be nerve-wracking, to say the least. Just about every student knows the feeling of being wired on caffeine after pulling an all-nighter cramming all too well. As if that isn't bad enough, the feeling of getting a C or lower can seriously crush your spirits after …

Top 10 Marketing Books of 2014 | Inc.com

My previous posts have identified the Top 10 Business Books of 2014 and the 7 Most Thought-Provoking Books of 2014. In this post, I turn to marketing, where it's been a <i>very</i> good year, with numerous groundbreaking titles. Here are the year's best:<p><b>Subtitle:</b> <i>Power Tips for Power Users</i><p><b>Authors:</b> Guy …

Marketing

The Four Secrets to Employee Engagement

How did you feel about coming to work this morning?<p>I’m sure many factors influenced whether you felt like digging right in, but one of the most significant was almost surely your boss.<p>It seems obvious: Direct supervisors who set their teams up for success, observe them in action, ask for feedback, …

4 Tips for Acing a Tough Conversation | Inc.com

You've got one confrontational and aggressive employee who is making it hard for your team to keep up productivity. It's getting worse by the day and you know you have to take action before he or she truly takes down the whole enterprise.<p>Good thing there's plenty of experts on the topic of tough …

Leadership

Get Over Your Fear of Conflict

Most of us have some resistance to conflict. Instead of addressing issues directly, we try to be “nice” and end up spending an inordinate amount of time talking to ourselves or others — complaining, feeling frustrated, ruminating on something that already happened, or anticipating something that …

Organizational Strategy & Teambuilding Tools for Leaders and Managers

Many leaders that I work with really want to focus on external activities. Perfect planning. Clear calendars. Great goals. It feels like you are …

Leadership

Checklist for a Great Individual Development Plan (IDP)

Here's a checklist I've used to evaluate the quality of a leader's individual development plan. Use to evaluate your own plan or to coach</b> …

Eight Step Guide to Developing Your Leadership Skills

Here’s how to develop your leadership skills, adapted from Lombardo and Eichenger’s Leadership Machine.<p>1. Know what the target looks like. There are …

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 …

Leadership

ADKAR Change Management Model Overview & Exercises | Prosci

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Five Surefire Tips for Great Career Conversations - Without Fear

Managers inspire, guide and support career development. <b>Career conversations between managers and employees are the single most important factor in</b> …

Employment

If You’re Not Helping People Develop, You’re Not Management Material

Skilled managers have never been more critical to the success of firms than they are today. Not because employees can’t function without direction, but because managers play a vital role in talent management. Gone are the comprehensive career management systems and expectations of long-term …

Craft a Sustainable Career

Imagine crafting a sustainable career for yourself. Year after year, you perform work that makes full use of your skills and challenges you to develop new ones. Your work not only interests you, it gives you a sense of meaning. You enjoy opportunities for learning and development. You work with …

Feedback for Real

A series of simple workplace questions can spark employee-management action with measurable results. The effects are local and team-based, but they …

Collaborate Across Teams, Silos, and Even Companies

Everywhere I turn right now, I hear leaders talking about their need for collaborative leadership. It’s being identified as the fundamental differentiator in achieving strategic objectives. In order to make a difference though, it has to go beyond the polite, thoughtful behaviours of involving …

Most Managers Think of Themselves as Coaches

As a manager, do you think of yourself as a leader or as a coach? Do you, for instance, feel it’s important that your staff see you as an expert or do you prefer to create an egalitarian environment? Are you the person who solves problems or helps your staff come up with their own solutions? Are …

Know When to Manage and When to Coach

Have you ever wondered why the head of a baseball team is called the manager and the head of a basketball team is called the coach? (These are the kinds of things I sometimes ponder on long airplane rides.)<p>The answer has to do not just with the obvious differences between the two sports, but also …

Make Getting Feedback Less Stressful

Much of my work as an executive coach and an instructor at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business involves helping people improve their abilities to deliver feedback more effectively. It’s a critical skill, particularly for both leaders in flat organizations where giving orders is generally …

Coaching Assessment

We invite you to take our complimentary Coaching Attributes and Perspectives Assessment by following the steps below.*<p>Step 1: Click the "START …

Science

Managers Can Motivate Employees with One Word

Human beings are profoundly social — we are hardwired to connect to one another and to want to work together. Frankly, we would never have survived as a species without our instinctive desire to live and work in groups, because physically we are just not strong or scary enough.<p>Tons of research has …

Conducting Effective and Regular One-on-Ones

There are a number of ways managers can ensure they are doing everything they can to keep their employees happy and therefore productive. Sometimes …

SEO

Neuroscience, Joyful Learning and the SCARF Model

<i>What conditions best support learning and personal growth?</i><p><b>1. Judy Willis on "The Neuroscience of Joyful Education"</b><p>Stephanie West Allen points to a …

Find the Coaching in Criticism

Feedback is crucial. That’s obvious: It improves performance, develops talent, aligns expectations, solves problems, guides promotion and pay, and boosts the bottom line.<p>But it’s equally obvious that in many organizations, feedback doesn’t work. A glance at the stats tells the story: Only 36% of …

15 TED Talks That Will Change Your Life

Feel like getting inspired, motivated or just looking for a feel-good cry? Then look no further. There's no better way to start your day than with a …

Conflict Strategies for Nice People

Do you value friendly relations with your colleagues? Are you proud of being a nice person who would never pick a fight? Unfortunately, you might be just as responsible for group dysfunction as your more combative team members. That’s because it’s a problem when you shy away from open, healthy …

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Goal-Setting: Developing a Vision & Goals for Your Career Plan | Human Resources

<b>Carve out a chunk of time.</b> Career visioning cannot -- and should not -- be rushed. It's also something that may take several efforts and false starts …

The Real Reason People Won’t Change

Every manager is familiar with the employee who just won’t change. Sometimes it’s easy to see why—the employee fears a shift in power, the need to learn new skills, the stress of having to join a new team. In other cases, such resistance is far more puzzling. An employee has the skills and smarts …