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Women, Invest in Yourselves

Women on Business

Guest Post By Mary Kinney, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Ginnie Mae, a cornerstone of the U.S. For me, pursuing my career in financial services has always factored into my new year’s resolutions.

Virtually Selling

Coaching Tip

Arthur Miller’s 1949 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Death of a Salesman , placed the occupation at the heart of the American middle class and its longing for social mobility. . Source: Bloomberg BusinessWeek, January 14, 2013 and "Ask the Coach". 2013 Business Resolutions.

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Why You Should Conduct Talent Review Meetings and 10 Best Practices for Doing Them

Great Leadership By Dan

valued by an organization’s leadership, just take a peek at the agendas for their business review meetings, board meetings, operations reviews, quarterly shareholder meetings, sales meetings, or any other kind of management meeting that permeates a busy executives’ calendar. However, they caught on quickly to the importance of managing talent and most learned to be world-class talent managers themselves (or they didn't last long).

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Trust Issues

Coaching Tip

Surveys and statistics abound: only 22% of the public trust government.only 10% of employees trust management.50% of a class is suspected of cheating. They reward unfavorable behaviors, while operating with myopic interests and escalating bureaucracy. Two Leadership Self-Coaching Guides for Career Women. Books Business Coaching Career Ethics Leadership Memes Self-Awareness What is Work life

7 Principles of Leadership Development: Managers as Mentors

Mike Cardus

Working with that person in their role to understand their potential and how that potential might be developed to achieve as full career growth in the organization as possible. We asked ourselves to look back at our careers. Who has served as a mentor in your career?

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The Big Picture of Business: The Colonel and Me

Strategy Driven

He told me that I must think like a world-class visionary, grow into the role and not just remain a radio DJ. It occupied one counter at 2-J’s Hamburgers, an established Austin restaurant, owned and operated by Ralph Moreland.

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How to Explain Your Career Transition

Harvard Business Review

Shifting careers is often hard to explain. The most important step in getting others onboard with your career transition is crafting a compelling narrative. My whole career, I''ve been a bit of a nonconformist," he says. Career planning Managing yourself

How Military Veterans Can Turn Their Skills into a Corporate Career

Harvard Business Review

Transitioning from a military career to the corporate world can be a fraught process for the nearly 360,000 U.S. In addition to networking their way into new professional circles and learning new cultural mores, veterans have to face down the even more fundamental questions: what career will best suit them? “I felt very intimidated” by undergraduate classmates who had gone into more traditional corporate careers, he told me.

Who’s Running Your Business in China?

Harvard Business Review

And that means providing world-class training, clear and lucrative career paths and, increasingly, a work-life balance that allows people to enjoy the fruits of their success. Determining who runs your China operations is the most important decision a CEO can make.

How General Mills Uses Food Technology to Make an Impact in Africa

Harvard Business Review

We've recruited world-class companies to join our effort, including our U.S. PFS volunteers were able to provide Nyirefami with the technical expertise needed to install a quality control lab, and improve washing and pre-drying operations.

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Can You Push Diversity Without Creating Resentment?

Harvard Business Review

BCG predicts a billion middle class Chinese and Indians by 2020. The leadership teams of most companies are still dominated by male home country nationals, in a 20th century legacy model of sending expats around the globe to run local operations.

What Corporations Can Learn From a 4,000-Person Parade Extravaganza (Seriously)

Harvard Business Review

The result is spectacular, and Brazil’s carnival parades have become a world-class show transmitted by TV to over 100 countries. Sena, a supervisor in a company that sells credit to the upcoming Brazilian middle class, thinks corporations underplay this element and rely too much on the motivational power of financial incentives. What can large corporations operating in Brazil learn from all this?

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone: A Guide for the Terrified

Harvard Business Review

For me, operating beyond my comfort zone was participating in classroom discussions in college. Early in my career, it was public lecturing and participating in departmental meetings. I didn’t say a word in nearly all of my undergraduate classes, and uttered very little in professional meetings at for a long time. Fast forward 20 years, and I am now in the interesting position of teaching and coaching others to operate outside their comfort zones.

Meet the New Face of Diversity: The “Slacker” Millennial Guy

Harvard Business Review

It’s simply not possible to work 90 hours a week and see to your own basic needs – much less support someone else’s career. Iron Men live for the operating room, dismiss post-op care as boring, scorn rest (“I am hardcore and I need no sleep!”), and brag that a surgical residency program has a 110 percent divorce rate (“Guys would come in married, get divorced, get remarried, and get divorced again”).

Why and How to Build an In-House Consulting Team

Harvard Business Review

Today, many high-profile companies— Cisco , Google , IBM , Samsung , Siemens , Disney , Volkswagen and Deutsche Bank , to name a few—contain such roving consulting groups to help solve the most critical strategy and operations problems throughout the business. If we accepted all such requests, we would end up with 30 “chiefs of staff” or “operations leads.” A strong value proposition and a first-class recruiting engine.

Why Dr. Deming’s Work is So Important to Me

Deming Institute

I do remember my statistics professor saying something in class, in early 1994, right after Dr. Deming passed away. I don’t remember getting too many details from my dad about the class, other than Dr. Deming chastising some executives who showed up during the last hour of the last day.

Case Study: Is It Ever OK to Break a Promise?

Harvard Business Review

Manager, Operations. Manager, Operations. To: Ioana Romana, VP Operations. Manufacturing is not the most glamorous business, and MBA recruiters are known for tempting people into more “prestigious” careers. He’s part of my operations team now, and he hopes to transition to a management position. Date: May 12, 2013 21:37. Date: June 6, 2013 20:16. Date: June 8, 2013 07:12. Date: June 8, 2013 07:22. Date: June 8, 2013 07:25.

The “40-Year-Old Intern” Goes to Wall Street

Harvard Business Review

In mid-September 2013, 10 professionals returning from multi-year career breaks walked into 270 Park Avenue in New York City to begin the J.P. The three new Wall Street programs follow a similar formula to Returnship in terms of timing and small class size. The OnRamp Fellowship operates on a different model. Recruiting professionals at the end of career breaks, when they are largely done with maternity leaves and spousal job relocations, is a smart strategy.

Big Companies Don’t Have to Be Soulless Places to Work

Harvard Business Review

These larger companies, once considered pinnacles of career opportunity, have become employers of last resort. In the 2013 report of the same population, 82% of workers around the world did not trust their bosses to tell the truth.

The Swedish CEO Who Runs His Company Like a CrossFit Gym

Harvard Business Review

They struggle to see how their labor contributes directly to the performance of the corporation, or how it helps the progress of their career. Last fall, we joined Bunge and his employees for “sports hour,” a mandatory fitness class for all employees every Friday between 11 and noon. After class, Bunge explained his sports-meets-work philosophy when we met for lunch at an elegant Thai restaurant. eclipse_images/Getty Images. Work hard and you’ll see results.

Could a Four-Year-Old Do What Carl Icahn Does?

Harvard Business Review

Museum-goers, looking at a Rothko or a Pollock , scratched their heads and wondered exactly what made these works so valuable — while the seemingly similar messes their children brought home from art class were just… messes. billion in 2013, making him the fifth highest-paid fund manager in the land. And now, just after passing the average life expectancy for an American male , he seems to be in the midst of the best run of his career.

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