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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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Control Amid Complexity: Best Leadership Practices in Manufacturing

By on Tuesday December 11, 2018

Anyone following the news can hardly avoid headlines about the US/China trade wars. Given the volatile conditions in the industry, one thought keeps occurring to me: I don’t envy leaders in manufacturing right now. The world of manufacturing has grown increasingly complex in recent years, and the recent escalation in tensions – along with the […]

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Inspired to Run Faster: Reflections on the Global Assessment Summit

By on Thursday December 6, 2018

We all run faster during a 5k race than when we’re jogging around the block on our own. Why is that? Well, having to run alongside other people provides a healthy dose of competitive energy. I recently attended the Global Assessment Summit in Tulsa and, while I enjoyed the camaraderie, sharing of ideas and overall […]

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Moving Fast: Leadership Best Practices in the Transportation Industry

By on Monday December 3, 2018

Sometimes the results of a Best Practices study motivate me to dig a little deeper into an industry. A recent example is our study of the transportation industry. The top three behaviors predicting effective leadership were communication, strategic and technical. This combination made me think of a more fluid and unpredictable environment than I would […]

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Finding Energy Across Generations (and on the Road)

By on Tuesday November 27, 2018

2018 has been an exceptionally busy year, in part because I’ve had the privilege and opportunity to spend so much time with members of the MRG community all over the world. . What a joy it is to come together and learn from each other! Earlier this month, I headed to Toronto, where I had […]

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Rethinking Leadership in the Energy Industry

By on Tuesday November 13, 2018

For several years, I consulted within the energy industry. It was a wonderful experience and provided me with a good understanding of what these organizations look for within their leadership. Usually, when someone thinks of the energy or utility industry, they think of a slow moving, conservative, and relatively stable environment. When someone is looking […]

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Webinar Wrap-Up: an Inside Look at Momentum

By on Thursday October 18, 2018

When something is new – even if it’s brilliant – sometimes it takes a little while to understand it. Try to remember the first time you heard about Netflix. Watching TV on my computer? What time are the shows on? How do I know what’s on? Now, you likely tune into Netflix daily, and surf […]

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Webinar Wrap-Up: Using the IDI Team Development Report

By on Friday September 28, 2018

The Individual Directions Inventory has been used by coaches and organizations around the world for years, delivering deeply personal insights about (as the name suggests) an individuals motivations and drivers. With the introduction of the IDI Team Development Report earlier this spring, however, these insights expanded into the team development environment. What is it like […]

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Has Employee Engagement Gone off the Rails?

By on Thursday September 27, 2018

You know the idiom, “a camel is a horse designed by a committee”? This is how I feel about employee engagement in its current form; almost like it has become Frankenstein’s weirder sibling. I should note that I was fascinated by employee engagement in graduate school; yet I’m concerned that, despite good intentions, it has […]

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Change is a constant. How do effective leaders handle it?

By on Monday September 17, 2018

As soon as you feel like we have something figured out, the parameters change and you need to recalibrate. Currently, my husband and I are in the process of buying a new car for the first time in a decade. The biggest challenge has been catching up with the last 10 years of automotive technology. […]

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From Potential to Performance: Best Practices for High Potential Leaders

By on Monday September 10, 2018

Just about anyone wants to be considered a high potential employee. Being designated as high potential is more than just a compliment; HiPos are treated favorably through exclusive developmental opportunities, granted exposure not afforded to others, and are promoted faster. The desire for high potential status may be certain, but that’s often where the certainty […]

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Empathy & Expertise: Best Practices for Senior Leaders

By on Tuesday August 28, 2018

Think of your idea of the stereotypical senior leader. Now think of senior leaders you’ve encountered throughout your career. If you’re like me, you are picturing strong, well-respected figureheads who often make decisions from a distance and are mainly concerned with making sure their organization or unit runs like a well-oiled machine. Now, imagine the […]

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