Four Rules for Panel Moderators

After a huge number of years serving on panels – and gracefully bowing out of moderator duties since I never quite got the hang of it, I finally have the process nailed. I did not figure this out myself. I was just lucky enough to end up on Constellation Connected Enterprise 2021’s panel on Brain […]

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5 Wrong Things Experts Told Me

One of the dangers of being a good listener is that, well, you listen. Combine this with a tendency to believe that other people generally know what they are talking about, and you’re in trouble. Here are the five worst I’ve gotten – and have, as of this moment, given up: 1. If you are […]

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The Leadership Library

Someone asked me what their leadership library should contain. I stopped myself from flippantly replying, whatever ebooks you can borrow from your local library… because before I did, I realized that I had no idea why they were doing this. So I answered, and here I will share… If you’re developing a leadership library and […]

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The ABC of XYZ

Thanks to Quora.com, someone asked how you promote personal development within an organization. I don’t know the questioner’s rank in their organization, but I suspect they are more of a minion than the Felonious Gru… which of course gives them all the more credibility in my eyes. Here’s my answer: People grow. This happens naturally, […]

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Will this Job Fit You?

Managers are challenged every day to make sure they have the right person in the right job. Job descriptions, position requirements, and requisition procedures are supposed to make the process easier, but they rarely ask the real question: Is this person the right fit for us – and are we the right fit for them? […]

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Three Rules for Firing People

I did executive career counseling long before ‘You’re fired!” became a meme. That’s how I got to thinking about how end of a job is similar to the end of life. Having made this connection, three guiding principles came into focus. They are: Maintain a ‘least restrictive’ environment. This means allowing the dying person the latitude to do what they need or want to […]

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To HR, with Love

So you are searching for a manager who is a “big picture visionary with great attention to detail” – or at least that’s what the hiring manager told you. No problem… since I don’t have to recruit for you. But I’m feeling this obligation to let you know why this job description bullet point won’t work.  This is the work equivalent […]

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