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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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Something is Missing from Leadership Development Programs (and it’s Leaving Leaders Lost)

By on Wednesday, January 9, 2019

You know what’s difficult? Developing as a leader. You know what’s more difficult? Developing as a leader when there is little to orient the leader as to whether what they’re doing is making any difference. Leadership development, as a task, is a bear. It can be filled with confidence-breaking and doubt-ridden moments. This self-doubt can […]

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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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