Where Do You Stand?

One of the most critical yet vexing challenges at work is to determine exactly where you rank within the company. You may think you’re doing well because you hit your numbers, or that you’ve got a a great way with peers/subordinates/clients, or simply from riding an economic wave, a rising tide lifts all boats.Conversely, you may think that one slip…

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FYI to Boss? Boss says ANW

Many people I coach have challenges communicating effectively with their boss. They often think the boss automatically understands them, and that what worked previously will work again with a new company or boss. I had coffee with one such person last week. He explained that he greatly respects his boss–thinks he’s smart, experienced, knowledgeable, someone learned. But my friend has…

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6 points on how to not hire your reflection

How well do we know what talent "looks" like when looking to hire? I recently wrote how 'like attracts like' (link). Companies say one thing–"We need more diversity"–but often do another when hiring. Organisations are composed of people; we’re all full of contradictions, and the unpredictability of who gets hired isn’t always surprising. Yet surrounding oneself with similar types is…

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Watch Your Back

I recently caught up over lunch with a friend. She’d recently been promoted, and had to compete for the role with one other person-I’ll call him Ace-who had a more top-down (Oh hell, I’ll say it, micro-managing style) and rigid management style, more filial piety than collaborative, you know the type. Ace was, however, very astute at managing upward, always…

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