White Space

Can you lead with white space?

The large but mostly unoccupied territory in every company where rules are vague, authority is fuzzy, budgets are nonexistent, and strategy is unclear. Also, the territory where the entrepreneurial activity that helps reinvent and renew an organization takes place. Leaders who navigate these uncharted seas are often the most successful at driving innovation, incubating new businesses, and finding new markets

Intentional Career Planning

Career Planning

Who Am I? What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up?

My personal brand was “well rounded, decent at a lot of things but not an expert at anything.” I worked at a financial services company in an operations role. I was focused on titles and promotions, and my career eventually plateaued. Others had established strong personal brands based upon their career values and satisfaction attributes…

A Brand Called You!

What exactly is a personal brand?

Regardless of age, position, or the business we happen to be in, all of us need to understand the importance of branding. We are CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc. To be in business today, one of our most important jobs is to be head marketer for the brand
called YOU.

Creating Great Bosses

This is the first in a series of articles about using coaching to turn employee development into a competitive advantage for retaining great talent.  The most common reason people leave their jobs is because of their relationship with their boss.  Individuals need leadership development to become great bosses.  Hands on, customized coaching is the superior alternative to broad based training.

Confidence is a Choice

Confidence

It is with some risk to myself that I post this article.  As a man, I can never fully understand what it’s like being a woman in the work place. Nevertheless I think this is a critical and timely topic, given that this is Women’s History Month. I have been surrounded by strong women my whole life, and I have been astounded by their accomplishments in work and in life. I received contributions from one of those women for this article. Lynn Shemmer, thank you for your perspective!

Fullfillment

Fullfillment

I still have a love / hate relationship with Office Space.  The satire about the corporate environment is timeless, but sometimes it also hits too close to home, including the cringe worthy search for career fulfillment by Peter Gibbons.

5 of the top 10 reasons people leave jobs is related to the work itself.  People do not know what they want to be when they grow up, or they know and feel like their current role is a complete mismatch.  This article will focus on aligning the work in your organization with the skill level and the career desires of your employees.