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Bringing On New Senior Staff?

Bringing On New Senior Staff?

Having a new senior staff member join the team is an exciting - and frightening - experience. It’s exciting and frightening for the new team member as they wonder: Will this be a good fit for me? Will I like my new team and my new clients? Will I like the work? Will I be able to contribute and make an impact? Will this be a good move professionally or will this set me back? Do I have what it takes? It’s also exciting and frightening for the team as they anticipate the impact of the new senior...

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How You Manage Personality Clashes Says A Lot About You

How You Manage Personality Clashes Says A Lot About You

Maybe there’s something in the air or maybe the planets have shifted, or possibly we’re all just really tired of all of the turmoil. Whatever the cause, there’s an increase in personality-driven, team member conflicts. I’m seeing less patience and intentional conversations, and more clipped, curt, and non-candid conversations with managers and their teams. Whatever the nature, cause, or severity of your team member conflicts, how you as a leader respond says a lot about you, your leadership,...

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Starting a Strategic Initiative? Clarify Your Culture First

  Now that you’ve finally hired the additional project team members needed, and you’ve checked, checked, and triple checked your strategic initiative’s plan and deliverables, it’s time to start your project, right? Wrong. Before you start any strategic initiative, clarify with your team the role the project plays in supporting your organization’s mission, and how each team member fits in. The more clearly every team member (veteran and new) understands how the project and their work –...

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Taking Over As Leader? Ask a Few Questions

  Are you taking over for a leader who has left the organization? Are you inheriting someone else’s team? Or, are you stepping into a newly created leadership role? Whichever path you’ve taken to your new role, you need to quickly identify how you’re going to best serve your team. Because, let’s face it, you were put into your new role to get things done. Your job is to get things done in a position that someone else had or that was recently created. Either way, your new position title...

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Succession – Plan to Return

  Refining processes and developing the next generation of leaders are fundamental to succession planning. I’ve worked with my clients on these key succession planning and talent development steps for years. However, during a coaching call with an executive this past week, I learned a valuable insight into HOW I need to guide my succession planning clients going forward. The leaders need to plan for succession as if THEY were going to return to the company.   The leaders need to plan...

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