Are You Ready for that Promotion?

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3 Questions to Ask Before You’re Promoted One of the happier moments in a leader’s career is when you’re promoted.And one of the sadder moments in your career is when you realize the promotion isn’t what it was described to be.So who’s fault is that?Who cares?  Instead, let’s get on with how to avoid that from happening in the first place.If you’re going to buy a new mobile phone, you likely do…

Are You an Evolved Leader?

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The 3 Levels of Leadership I don’t run like I used to run when I was 16.  Knock on wood, I haven’t had an injury in the years I’ve been running.  But I still don’t run like I did when I was 16.  Notwithstanding the fact that I run regularly, my running pace and style have evolved over the years. The same is true if you’re a leader.  How you lead…

Does Your Manager’s Shadow Conceal You?

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  Congratulations!  You have a very successful career, received promotions and pay increases along the way, and better still, your manager thinks you’re a rock star. Life.  Couldn’t.  Be.  Better. When you ask your manager for feedback on how you’re doing she says, “Great.  Keep it up.”  You’re thrilled. You meet with your manager on a regular basis.  He’s certainly no absentee manager.  You meet your manager’s expectations.  You get your…

If You’re Bored at Work, You’ve Just Been Warned.

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Think about the work you do every day. Ever find it boring, repetitive, or lacking in meaning? Did you answer “yes” to any of that? If you did, then that’s a good thing. Why would it be a good thing? Because it means you’ve been warned. And better still, you’re the one who’s warning yourself. According to the Associated Press, jobs that “follow well-defined procedures and are repeated throughout the…

In ’08 & ’09, You Were Downsized. Now, You’re Being Inflated. What Should You Do?

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Since 2008 and the start of the Great Recession, there have been 3 distinct phases in leadership and management: Phase 1, Downsizing: Positions were drastically eliminated, and people were let go, quickly and in great numbers. Phase 1 Leadership Implications: Contain the losses.  Stem the bleeding.  Keep the faith that all will not implode. Phase 1 Reality for Leaders: Do the same work with much, much fewer resources. Work long.…

This Beveridge Has a Sickening Aftertaste for Millions of Americans

You don’t need to be an economist to know that sobering things are occurring in the US economy. For example, there are fewer jobs for more unemployed workers. Following the 2000 recession, there were 14 people unemployed for every 10 hires. Now, it’s 35 unemployed for every 10 hires: Source: Workforce Management In 2000, only 7% of the unemployed spent more than 6 months finding a job; now, it’s almost…

Why Your Job Description Is Irrelevant

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If you’re unemployed, you don’t have a job. And even if you’re employed, you still don’t have a job. In fact, if you’re smart about it, you don’t even want to have a job. In a very timely article, Josh Bersin, President and CEO of Bersin & Associates, discusses the end of a job as we know it.  And from what we’re seeing with clients, we couldn’t agree more. People…

Why Are You Still Running On Your Hamster Wheel?

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This month’s issue formed from the convergence of several recent events: – I read the August McKinsey Quarterly Report “The US Employment Challenge” (You may have to register, but it’s free.) – Steve Jobs resigned as Apple CEO. – I watched Jobs’ 2005 Stanford commencement address (here’s the text version as well). Here’s how they fit together: In the McKinsey Report, Kelly Services CEO, Carl Camden, writes: “So jobs aren’t…
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