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People Management: Demystifying a Complicated Recipe

By on Thursday July 11, 2019

I think it’s fair to say, that in relative terms, people management is having a moment. Heck, even Silicon Valley is taking notice. It’s quite common to hear the phrase, “war for talent” inside of today’s organizations. An offshoot of this “war” is that once an organization feels they have hired a talented person, their […]

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Content & Connections: Dispatch from the 2019 MRG Summit

By on Thursday June 27, 2019

Energy. Yes, the word may be considered a little vague. But time and again, when we host events for the MRG community, it’s what we hear about from those who attended – and it’s what we remember ourselves. The energy at last week’s MRG Summit 2019 in our hometown of Portland, Maine was certainly at […]

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Webinar Wrap-Up: Dispelling the Myths about Millennials

By on Thursday June 6, 2019

While most Millennials are hardly “kids” anymore – many are approaching 40 – Baby Boomers and even Gen X-ers may still have a tendency to think of them as youngsters when it comes to workplace dynamics. Many perceive their behaviors and motivations as not only baffling, but completely unique to their generation. In our latest […]

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Leading across Borders: Using Data to Inform a Global Workforce

By on Thursday May 30, 2019

There’s no denying that, in ways both personal and professional, we are more globally connected than ever. In fact, the flow of information internationally has increased more than 250% since 2001, according to the 2018 DHL Global Connectedness Index. Many of us also hold stereotypes about different countries. Some common stereotypes are accurate but at […]

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Honoring the Individual: Dispatch from ATD 2019

By on Thursday May 23, 2019

At an event with more than 10,000 attendees, it’s easy to feel lost in the crowd. Maybe that’s why the theme of visibility – of every individual’s need to be seen and understood for their authentic selves, and of the journey to find our own authentic purpose – seemed so poignant when it cropped up […]

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Webinar Wrap-Up: Coaching for Compassion

By on Thursday May 16, 2019

Compassion is empathy in action. And as an avid news reader and social media user, I’m struck on a daily basis by the fear that we are living in a world where compassion can be conspicuously absent. At the highest levels of leadership – at least from what we see in the headlines – compassion […]

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Reflect, Learn, and Transform: Dispatch from the EMCC Annual Conference

By on Thursday May 9, 2019

In April, I traveled to Dublin, Ireland and celebrated my third time presenting at a European Mentoring and Coaching Council conference. EMCC exists to develop and promote mentoring, coaching and supervision at a global level, so don’t let the name mislead you. The conference is a global gathering of coaches and mentors looking to learn […]

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What are the most effective leaders in Higher Education doing differently?

By on Wednesday April 24, 2019

If we were to believe most TV shows and movies, we would think that to be successful in higher education, one needs a high degree of arrogance, self-importance, and even a tendency to isolate oneself. However, our findings on the behaviors associated with effectiveness in higher education leaders paint a very different picture. The more […]

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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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