What Is “Thinking Strategically” Anyway?

Throughout my career, I’ve seen employees lauded or criticized for their ability to “think strategically.” It’s in numerous competency models and used in performance management systems across the country. We… Get the Rest

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If You Never Change Your Mind, You’re Doing It Wrong

Hopefully by now you’ve warmed up to the notion that productive conflict is important to encourage in your teams. To get the most out of their insights and


WEBINAR: Bootstrap Your Training Function: 5 Ways To Make Learning Matter In Your Company

It's true. You know the true power of learning and development, known to the laypeople in your company by the pedestrian term "Training."   A revamp of your


Admitting Imperfections Can Be So… Perfect

It happened again. We spent two weeks putting everything we had into preparing a pitch for organizational consulting work to a potentially huge client, and---once again---were shot down. This


Game On

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been elbow deep in online learning.  Newsflash: Translating a dynamic live training experience into an equally engaging online learning experience isn’t for the

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Good to Great: Thinking About Employee Development Plans for Your Team…

You expect me to give it to you straight, right?  Of course you do. The biggest lie that HR ever told the world is that it's important to treat


POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME: Setting Developmental Goals

To get everything done in the next year, you're going to need your people to perform at a high level. You also know that the people who report

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Why the Tony Robbins “You Can Be Great” Employee Goal-Setting Approach is BS

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When Training Is Acquired By HR

Let's face it---one of the things that gets slung on the world of HR at some point is the Training Department. What type of training you ask? Well, the


The Real Reason HR Is Hated: CEO Commitment Phobia

Last week I had the pleasure of participating in the Fistful of Talent/SumTotal Hangout with Kris Dunn and Tim Sackett where we had a fabulous HR rant session.