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June 16, 2016

Communication is Key to Being the Leader You Need & Want to Be

Yes, leaders must be able to delegate.  Yes, leaders must be decisive, making hard decisions when the situation warrants.  Yes, leaders must be able to effectively manage their work-life demands.  All of these qualities help detemrine whether someone in a position of authority will succeed in that role. But there is one aspect of leadership…

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May 16, 2016

Women in Leadership: Understanding the Web of Inclusion

Sally Helgesen published The Female Advantage in 1990, and it has become one of the best-known books on women in leadership in the 26 years since.  Helgesen’s Web of Influence was a systematic portrayal of how women bring a type of leadership that differs from traditional, masculine and military hierarchical systems of leadership. Women leaders demonstrate “collaborative, courageous, flexible, open, accessible relationships”…

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February 5, 2016

Performance Management & Forced Ranking of Employees: Good or Bad?

Maybe the recent lawsuit against Yahoo!, Inc., can shed some light on the answer.  According to an article in the New York Times by Vindu Goel, Yahoo’s CEO, Marissa Mayer, introduced a quarterly performance management process.  Sounds good, right?  More frequent feedback and opportunities to develop!  But according to the lawsuit, that wasn’t the plan.  First – let me say – I used to represent…

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May 1, 2015


PING. And there it is – like one of Pavlov’s dogs, my physical and emotional reaction begins. My heart sinks, the adrenaline starts flowing, my anxiety is increasing, and I’m dreading what comes next… The ping signals the arrival of new emails. Instinctively (almost unconsciously), I HAVE to check it out. It’s a compulsion. An obsession. A…

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March 4, 2015


Let’s be real. We have work. We have friends. We have workfriends. It’s no surprise that HR professionals struggle with the fine line between maintaining a friend’s confidence and maintaining the integrity of their roles and the loyalty to the clients or organizations they serve. Are HR professionals ever really off duty? What are you…

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