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5 Ways to Banish the Myth of the Heroic Leader (and Start Getting Stronger Results with Shared Leadership)

By on Thursday September 19, 2019

In the 21st century, leadership has changed. In many ways, that’s a good thing. An “old world” leadership model might have valued leaders who focused on bottom-line results to the exclusion of the more human aspects of their “human capital.” Sensitivity was unheard of. Coaching? Forget it. Cultivating a positive corporate culture? Never mind that […]

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Delivering results is more than setting ambitious goals

By on Thursday September 12, 2019

Most leaders want to be seen as delivering results. This is done by accomplishing a great deal and focusing on measurable outcomes. There is something about tangible and measurable outcomes that makes us feel like we’ve accomplished something. Unfortunately, there is a lot more to delivering results than simply pushing for ambitious goals and having […]

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Relationship building fosters learning

By on Thursday September 5, 2019

For leaders, working well with individuals and departments across the organization can be quite beneficial. In addition to helping build relationships, working with others can lead to learning opportunities. It would be difficult to think of a good leader who is not consistently expanding their knowledge.  While we often default to thinking that knowledge is […]

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Recognizing opportunity and change

By on Thursday August 29, 2019

I used to think I lacked the ability that allowed me to recognize when opportunity existed. Even worse, I thought I lacked the ability to adapt to change. You would often hear me say that I wasn’t creative, instead I preferred stability and the status quo. I’m unsure as to what exactly it is that […]

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The more I learn, the less I know

By on Thursday August 22, 2019

There are many different versions of the phrase “the more I learn, the less I know” out there. This phrase is attributed to many brilliant minds, which is not surprising because this paradox resonates with so many people. One of the most important realizations a leader can have is discovering that there is always more […]

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Cognitive effectiveness for compelling leadership

By on Thursday August 1, 2019

As a general concept, cognition is how we acquire, store and use information. The MRG research team recently conducted a study to explore this concept in a leadership context. We defined cognitive effectiveness as a measure of how well a leader is at acquiring and using information to make good decisions, adapt to changing environments, […]

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Thought Leader or Thought Inspirer?

By on Thursday July 25, 2019

I have to admit, I’ve never loved the phrase “thought leader.” Who really wants to have someone else lead their thoughts? We use the phrase so frequently that perhaps we’ve not stopped to think how we may inadvertently be giving up our right and responsibility to be the sole leader of our thoughts. There is […]

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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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