Working Remotely Under the New Normal

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Some suggestions from 17 years of working virtually I’ve been working remotely with leaders for over 17 years.  My work with them has been a combination of in-person meetings and meetings via the web.  Working remotely/virtually has provided me the opportunity to work closely and instantly with leaders nationally and internationally.  I certainly wouldn’t say I’m an expert at working remotely, but I have learned a few things about how…

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…

Can You Connect Yourself to Impact?

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So we’re already into February.  I won’t ask about the status of any New Year’s resolutions you’ve made or ramble on about “A New Year…and a new You!”  Instead, I will ask, “Can You Connect Yourself to Impact?” Why? Because your career is not about: Your tenure or experience.  Yes, it’s important you’ve been doing what you’re doing for a long time.  That you’ve got skills.  But then again, so…

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 work…

You’re Not Alone: Everyone Fakes It Sometimes.

Congratulations!  You got that promotion!! That job you had your eyes on for so long is finally yours.  What a rush!  Your partner/spouse is thrilled!  Your parents are thrilled!  Even the dog seems happier to see you when you come home.  Life. just. couldn’t. get. any. better. So why do you feel so much like a fraud? And why are you worried people will find out you don’t quite know what you’re doing? Answer #1:…

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…

Do You Still Say, “Span of Control”?

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It occurred about a week ago. I was talking with a person in her 20’s, discussing management and leadership issues, when I referred to “span of control”. And then it hit me. Does that term really mean anything anymore? If you’re old enough, “span of control” used to mean something. Management and leadership positions were often measured by their spans of control, the number of subordinates they had. But I…

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…