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36 Years of Making Connections: Why In-Person Gatherings Still Matter

By on Wednesday April 17, 2019

When MRG was founded in 1983, we were well aware that our methodologies and assessment reports were more sophisticated and complex than other products on the market. This meant that users would need to commit time and effort to become proficient in their use. It was also evident that MRG would need to provide various […]

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Psychology and Spirited Debate: Dispatch from SIOP 2019

By on Thursday April 11, 2019

I’ll be the first to admit that professional conferences aren’t exactly my thing. The natural introvert in me gets tested, and I’m always exhausted by the conclusion of the conference. This being said, I almost always find value in them and upon reflection, am grateful I attended. I write this because 1) I wasn’t really […]

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Don’t Wait for an SOS – Teams that Need Help Aren’t Always in Crisis

By on Wednesday April 3, 2019

In an increasingly collaborative working world, healthy professional relationships are often the key to getting things done efficiently and effectively. Yet when it comes to development, many organizations focus almost entirely on individual development – of leaders, of high potentials, even of at-risk employees – and leave team development on the back burner until a […]

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What do inclusive leaders do differently?

By on Thursday March 21, 2019

There are several ongoing research projects at MRG. One project that I really enjoy working on is our series on leadership best practices. Not only do we search for insights that will help leaders increase their effectiveness, but we can identify the nuances of effective leadership by exploring best practices for specific groups, industries and […]

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What does it take to become an inspirational leader? Practice, practice, practice.

By on Wednesday March 13, 2019

“I don’t understand it. We sent him to an expensive leadership development program, but I haven’t seen any improvement in his approach to leadership.”  Sound familiar? Unfortunately, this frustration and confusion is a common refrain in many organizations. While there is certainly individual variation in the full explanation for why this occurs, one of the […]

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Digging Deeper: Dispatch from SCP 2019

By on Thursday February 28, 2019

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” – Albert Einstein Relentless curiosity. If I had to name one characteristic that the people I’ve met at the Society of Consulting Psychology have in common, it is relentless curiosity. Whether it’s over lunch or during a presentation, the folks […]

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Showing Ourselves Love on Valentine’s Day

By on Wednesday February 13, 2019

I talk with so many leaders and professionals every day. And to a person, they are all striving to do good work. They are striving to achieve their goals, to please their boss or their client, to take care of their team, to grow and to become something more. And while all these committed people […]

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Inspiring Excitement in a Global Sales Force

By on Monday January 28, 2019

This month, MRG hit the road for a three-week stretch of engagements that kicked off in Rome with one of our newest clients. The event was the annual sales kick-off meeting of a large shared office space company with locations around the globe. We were able to sit in on the first day’s session, led […]

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The Higher the Climb, the Bigger the Stretch: How Effective Leadership Changes as Leaders Ascend

By on Sunday January 13, 2019

We’ve all heard some version of the Peter Principle: that in a hierarchical organization, every employee will rise to the level of their respective incompetence. It assumes that employees possessing the skills need to excel in a given position will be promoted to the next “rung” on the corporate ladder, which will require different skills; […]

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What Successful Tech Leaders Put First

By on Sunday January 6, 2019

When we looked at the behaviors that impact leadership effectiveness in the technology industry, one behavior was the clear winner. Behaving strategically was almost three times as important for predicting effectiveness as the next behavior set.  It was even more important than maintaining in-depth and up-to-date specialized knowledge – something we tend to associate with […]

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Aiming for Lasting Change: Why So Many Resolutions Miss the Mark

By on Tuesday January 1, 2019

Nearly everyone starts out in coaching and development with good intentions. Yet, some fail to achieve their goals. This time of year, as so many of us are making New Year’s resolutions, these failures can sometimes be seen as a punch line or a cliché. As a researcher, I’m curious about why, if we want […]

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Changing Course: How the IDI Changed my Path at MRG (part 2)

By on Thursday December 20, 2018

In part one, Christine described her arrival at MRG and her slow realization that her motivations weren’t aligning with her job description – and it was draining her every day. Read on to find out how she sought to better sync her drivers with her task. There I was failing for the first time in […]

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Changing Course: How the IDI Changed my Path at MRG (part 1)

By on Monday December 17, 2018

When I coach, one of the things people have a hard time reconciling is their self-perception of what they’re good at vs. what gives them energy. People can spend years toiling in a position, maybe even delivering great results and being successful, but wondering why they’re still so miserable at the end of each day […]

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