How to Avoid the 5 Career Derailers

Leading Blog

W HY DO SOME careers stall while others flourish? The careers of one-half to two-thirds of managers and leaders will derail. “At At some point, over half of us will get fired or demoted—or our careers will flat-line, and we won’t reach our innate potential.

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How to Make Your Management Process More Agile

Strategy Driven

In contrast to startups, which often experiment until they gain their footing in the market, established businesses are notoriously slow to change. That’s how you maintain your competitive edge. It’s the essence of agility. Adjust strategies to meet goals.

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Management Agility

Coaching Tip

Authors Colin Price and Sharon Toye, argue, "It's time to recognize that "soft stuff" is really the hard stuff and to bring hard science to management.". Their book, "ACCELERATING PERFORMANCE: How Organizations Can Mobilize, Execute, and Transform with Agility" demonstrates a research-backed approach to how organizations and leaders can drive transformation in a highly disruptive, ever-changing world.

How to Seize Opportunity in a World of Disruption

Skip Prichard

Agile organizations treat disruption and adversity as opportunities.” In this environment of constant change, I often hear that we should be agile. They define agility and offer leaders a roadmap for navigating change. AGILITY aims to address this urgent need.

Agile leadership: what it is and how to get it


. Armed with a degree in biology I started my career as a bench biologist, but the route from there to where I am now is quite circuitous. All of my career moves were of my own choosing. At one point, my manager told me that if I wanted to go into management, I would need to stay in a position for longer than a few years. I was willing to risk a career for the ability to continue learning in far-ranging business arenas.

New Year, New Career: Learn How to Find New Career Opportunities in 2020

HR Digest

January is a popular time for people to quit their jobs and explore new career opportunities. Our experts share insights on how to find a career that makes you happy. Getting a job when everybody else wants to take the leap seems difficult, but it’s possible.

More Automation is Coming! Bulletproof Your Career

Great Leadership By Dan

But the number of those automated jobs will be a small number compared to what is coming over the next 10 years. How will you stay relevant in the workplace? What can you do to become bulletproof? careers Edward D. Guest post from Edward D.

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How to Avoid Being Blindsided by Change

The Practical Leader

In 2007, just before Apple launched the iPhone, Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, laughed it off, “there’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. ” Tell that to the executives at Blackberry. Look to teammates as teachers.

Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 10/21/13)

First Friday Book Synopsis

I hope that at least a few of these recent posts will be of interest to you: BOOK REVIEWS Conf!dence: dence: Overcoming Low Self-Esteem, Insecurity, and Self-Doubt Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic The Office Politics Handbook: Winning the Game of Power and Politics at Work Jack Godwin Unlimited Sales Success: 12 Simple Steps for Selling More Than You Ever […].

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The Best Strategic Leaders Balance Agility and Consistency

Harvard Business

I find these particularly relevant to personal development, as individuals often must resolve the tensions between competing values and traits and must carefully monitor their own strengths so those strengths don’t lapse into weaknesses. I’ve recently been thinking about this with regard to how leaders can be more strategic, able to effectively execute the core of their business while remaining open to trends in the market and adapting to meet them.

How to Prepare Well: 3 Lessons


To build their confidence, we planned three mock interview sessions where I would play the role of a client. In the real interview, they did well and client was happy with how candidates represented their skills. It helps to get clear about “why” you are doing what you are doing.

Career Transitions

Harvard Business

Do you want to shake up your career? In this episode of HBR’s advice podcast, Dear HBR: , Dan and Alison answer your questions with the help of Whitney Johnson , the author of Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work. They talk through what to do when you’ve trained for one career and long for another, when you reenter the workforce after a long gap, and when you want to move into management.

Create Resilient Teams

Coaching Tip

The human brain is wired to seek reward and avoid pain and conflict--and change is associated with fear of an unknown future. . POWER YOUR TRIBE delves deeply into the emotional undertow that often accompanies growth and change, so leaders can learn how to remove change resistance. Emotional agility is about choosing how one wants to feel, and helping others choose how they feel. How Emotionally Intelligent Are You?

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How to Get Recognized as an Emerging Young Leader

Great Leadership By Dan

This post recently appeared in SmartBlog on Leadership : I recently asked readers to submit their burning leadership development questions. This question from Nicholas : “What are some good ways to get recognized as an emerging young leader in your organization without sounding like you''re trying to toot your own horn?” My mother always told me if you just kept your head down and did good work, you would get ahead in your career. Propensity to lead.

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Why Self-Awareness Matters

Coaching Tip

Socrates' famous quote certainly has merit but may leave you with lingering questions like "How?" "To what end?". Only when we become aware of something, are we able to make choices as to the action we wish to take. We really don't know how the world works.

How to Craft an Agile Marketing Campaign

Harvard Business Review

As research on disruption and market transitions suggests, you’re better off these days if you can quickly identify and adapt to changes in your environment. Many marketers have built their careers on following a series of highly detailed plans based on copious data.

How to Cope with Secondhand Stress

Harvard Business

If you work with people who are happy and optimistic, you’re more likely to feel the same. The flipside is true, too; if your colleagues are constantly stressed out, you’re more likely to suffer. How do you avoid secondhand stress? ” Principles to Remember.

How The Best Leaders Are Already Planning Past The Crisis

Lead from Within

They need to immediately begin looking ahead and planning for the future to make sure they’re prepared for what comes next—even if they have no idea what shape it will take. Here’s how you can emulate the best leaders in planning through crisis. Lead with speed and agility.

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How to Manage Your Emotions Without Fighting Them

Harvard Business

We often hear tips and tricks for helping us to “control” our emotions, but that’s the wrong idea: strong emotions aren’t bad, and they don’t need to be pushed down or controlled; they are, in fact, data. Our emotions evolved as a signaling system, a way to help us communicate with each other and to better understand ourselves. To make the most of that data, ask yourself what the function of your emotion is.

Talent Wins

Coaching Tip

Written for all leaders across organizations, TALENT WINS by Ram Charan, Dominic Barton and Dennis Carey, provides a much-needed framework for transforming how companies acquire, manage and deploy talent for today's agile, digital analytical, technologically driven strategic environment. In TALENT WINS , the authors combine their distinct perspectives to provide a seven-part plan for leaders with insight into how to: Forge the tools of transformation.

These Powerful Traits Can Make You into a Successful Leader

Lead from Within

Be aware of your strengths, but also learn how to manage and leverage your weaknesses. Exceptional leaders have the ability to look into the future and create a vision that will benefit their organization. To be successful requires mastering your field.

6 Impressive Ways to Lead Without the Title

Lead from Within

Smart people know that to survive you have to lead, even if you don’t have the title (yet). The truth is, during the span of your career, you will not always have the title, but if you learn and acquire the following skills, they should give your leadership career the jump start it needs: Cultivate a great mindset. When it comes to showcasing your inner leadership, teamwork is essential. Always try to have the attitude of, “What can I do for you?”

How to Make Your One-on-Ones with Employees More Productive

Harvard Business

One-on-one meetings with direct reports often feel more hurried and disorganized than they need to be. It’s important to check in regularly with each of your employees, but how can you make the best use of the time? Ask your direct report to do the same.

Leadership in VUCA World: Perspectives on #IndiaHRChat


VUCA is, quite simply, the expression of the fact that the rate of change is outpacing our ability to adapt. As a result of this, businesses, industries and careers are disrupted faster than ever before. What challenges does VUCA world pose to us as professionals, leaders and learners?

10 Powerful Ways You Can Be a Successful Leader

Lead from Within

These are times that call for great leaders–people who are confident and courageous, certain in their leadership–to show us the way. It’s not easy, but if we can learn to follow their example we too can separate ourselves from the pack. Here are 10 powerful ways to become a successful leader: 1. Articulate your vision to others. They freely share their leadership with those who look to them for guidance and support. Be agile and flexible.

How Strategic Agility Can Lead to Denial

Harvard Business Review

We don’t have to worry. Let’s stick to our knitting.”. I was thinking how to respond to this when a second hand went up and the speaker said, something like, “Look, this is a problem, but it’s a very old problem. We’re going to be fine.”. Return to your stations.”. We need to redouble our efforts and we can wrestle this sucker to the ground.”. A little tinkering and we are good to go.”. I don’t want to be smug.

Your Ability to Adapt

Coaching Tip

Education plus experience once guaranteed a successful career, but no more. Today, success depends on your ability to adapt. You must be agile, willing to adjust your professional expectations, and able to respond quickly to opportunities and threats. It's not enough to know how to manage common work/life challenges, you must also deal with the uncommon ones.

How to Make Room in Your Work Life for the Rest of Your Self

Harvard Business

” Yet, despite Rhimes’ passion and unparalleled success, her deep, single-minded investment in her work drove her to the point of burnout and exhaustion. To heal, she refocused on the parts of her self—a mother, a friend, a sister, and athlete—that had been neglected because of her tunnel vision. If the hum of your career has become so deafening that you struggle to hear those other parts of your life, you’re not alone. How is triggered?

8 Ways Improvisation Can Make You Into a Better Leader

Lead from Within

I wanted to know what improvisation offers to those of us who work in offices and board rooms rather than on stage. To my surprise, I discovered that improv does indeed have quite a bit to teach us: 1. You learn to own your power. In improvisation, you learn to be who you are, to be bold, to challenge conventions, and to question the rules. You learn to embrace your fear. You learn to adapt and be agile.

Wired for Authenticity

Lead Change Blog

How can you be this type of leader? If you enjoyed this video, you may also enjoy our upcoming webinar with award-winning entrepreneur and author Bonnie Marcus on the subtle ways we give away our power, and how to get it back. Leadership today is more challenging than ever.

First Look: Leadership Books for January 2019

Leading Blog

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in January 2019. Unlocking Creativity : How to Solve Any Problem and Make the Best Decisions Michael A. Roberto Leaders do not have to conceive innovative ideas, but rather open the path for curious and creative employees within their organization. Unlocking Creativity aids organizations in removing obstacles to the creative process and helps to form an atmosphere of imagination and innovation.

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10 Things Mentally Tough People Always Do

Lead from Within

Mental toughness is the ability to perform at a high level when the stakes are at their highest. It takes focus and determination to see your way through any circumstance or situation. Whether you’re undertaking an arduous task or bouncing back from an epic failure , mental toughness means you don’t allow the situation to overwhelm or overthrow you. It means you know how to manage your thoughts and behavior to keep them aimed on the results you want.

The Big Disconnect in Your Talent Strategy and How to Fix It

Harvard Business

As the talent ecosystem evolves to offer more options, talent systems have not kept pace. That leaves most organizations lacking a clear total workforce perspective and no integrated strategy to engage workers at the right time, cost, and contractual arrangement. Their goal is to attract, engage, develop and retain employees – moving talent into, through and out of the organization. Educate leaders on how and why to optimize a blended workforce.

20 Powerful Ways That Will Lead Your Team to Greatness

Lead from Within

You’ve probably heard the proverb that says “If you want to fast, go alone; if you want to go far go together.” In my new book, The Leadership Gap: What Comes Between You and Your Greatness , I illustrate what it takes to be a great leader. Much of it concerns how not to get stuck spinning your wheels with skills that may have been useful in the past but are no longer relevant to your life or leadership. Be agile and flexible.

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18 Effective Habits of Highly Successful People

Lead from Within

Even more importantly, habits can lead us to think and feel in certain patterns. Since habits are so powerful, it’s worth paying attention to the ones that are most effective. Their strong convictions mean they’ll structure everything else in their life around their most important goal, doing whatever it takes to make it happen. Successful people make it a habit to bring value to others. To become successful, look for ways to give, not to get.

Are You Ready for Recovery?

Leading Blog

A S a McKinsey & Company article stated in late March 2020: “What leaders need during a crisis is not a predefined response plan but behaviors and mindsets that will prevent them from overreacting to yesterday’s developments and help them look ahead.”.

12 Things That Can Really Influence What People Think of You

Lead from Within

Some researchers speculate that the human brain is hardwired to judge so it can evaluate and interpret important information. How you state your opinions. How you say what you think says a lot about how you feel about yourself and how you treat others. How often you check your phone. How you handle rejection. People observe how comfortable you are with hearing “no.” How you manage your emotions. How you handle blame.

Your Builder Personality

Coaching Tip

It shapes everything from the team and product to the overall business strategy and it is the one resource that founders can directly control. They demonstrate that who you are shapes how you build. Source: Chris Kuenne: Built for Growth: How Builder Personality Shapes Your Business, Your Team, and Your Ability to Win. Wash Your Hands of Wrong Assumptions To Keep Your Business from Slipping Down the Drain. Agile Strategizing.

How to Select the Right Freelancer for the Work

Harvard Business Review

As organizations confront new competitive challenges and disruptive technologies, an agile approach to talent provides both a means of rapid strategic change, as well as a way to increase strategic capability.

LeadershipNow 140: June 2015 Compilation

Leading Blog

From @WallyBock Becoming a great boss: where to start. To Brag or Not: When It Pays, When It Backfires via @whartonknows. The Most Important Career Decision of Your Life: Stepping Up to Leadership from @DDIworld. From @WallyBock The hardest thing for a manager to learn. The 15 Diseases of Leadership, According to Pope Francis by @profhamel. When to change how you lead from @McKQuarterly. Lead People to Believe in Themselves @LollyDaskal.

90 Ways to Quickly Improve Your Business Leadership

Lead from Within

Let this be the year you become the leader you want to be–in your business and in life. Learn to recognize your strengths and work on your weaknesses. As a leader is it important to have a personal sense of mission crafted into something you can reflect on daily and measure your performance against. It’s your job to always get from where you are to where you need to be, and it’s your goals that are your roadmap for success.

Veterans Among the Best Civilian Leaders

Strategy Driven

When it’s time to hire for critical positions within your company, consider the training and certification in military systems offered to service men and women. Click here to learn more about Korn Ferry Futurestep’s in-depth recruiter development program, Talent Academy.

Eight Ways Mentoring Brings Out the Leader in Your Employees

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Patty Alper “Employees want to be part of something that is bigger than a company. In fact, the greatest managers and executives learn that skills to inspire and lead others do not naturally come from working as a subordinate. Bring the conversation to their level.

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