How to Look Forward with Confidence in Uncertainty

Lead from Within

I find that it’s especially helpful in times of struggle, difficulty and uncertainty—which makes it perfect for the world today. Everything can be taken from us, including all our freedoms, and in times of uncertainty it’s easy to feel that we have no options.

More Automation is Coming! Bulletproof Your Career

Great Leadership By Dan

careers Edward D. Guest post from Edward D. Hess : Everyone knows that jobs have been automated over the last 20 years. But the number of those automated jobs will be a small number compared to what is coming over the next 10 years.

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In 100 Words: Agility and Embracing Uncertainty


Sketch Notes career growth Leadership learning Seth Godin successWe are comfortable with what is predictable. This impacts our choices because we want to maximize the chances of success. Then, once in a while, we are thrown into situations where we have no control. It compels us to carve a way out and create a map as we go. We learn the most here. The key to success in VUCA world is to embrace the uncertain without waiting to be thrown into it.

Weekly Roundup: How Leaders Can Honor Juneteenth & Beyond, Building Diverse Teams, Leading Through Crisis & Uncertainty


I have spent most of my professional career staying relatively quiet about how race has impacted my life, because it is a deeply personal topic. Welcome to my weekly round-up of the best-of-the-best leadership and communication blog posts I've seen recently.

Leadership Caffeine—Uncertainty…Get Over It

Management Excellence

Here are 3 key pitfalls to avoid and 5 key skills that leaders must cultivate to succeed in this ever-changing world: Career Leadership Leadership Caffeine Leading Change A New Model of Leadership Embracing Ambiguity The Leadership Blender Frankly, this is a remarkable time to be in business and to be serving in a leadership role.

It’s Your Career: Learn to Embrace Ambiguity as Opportunity

Management Excellence

Career Getting Ahead It''s Your Career! Leadership Professional Growth Coping with Uncertainty at Work Grow Your Power at Work Innovating in the Workplace It''s Your Career We''ve Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: [link] Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us.

Taking Your Career to New Heights

Coaching Tip

The people who reach the peak of their career climb are the best communicators. “No No matter what your job is, success will be determined: 5% by your academic credentials; 15% by your professional experiences; 15% by your natural ability; and 65% by your communication skills,” argues author Chuck Garcia in “A CLIMB TO THE TOP: Communication & Leadership Tactics to Take Your Career to New Heights.”. Coaching Needs for Leaders in Times of Uncertainty.

7 Ways to Help Your Team Deal with Ambiguity

Let's Grow Leaders

“Accepting that the world is full of uncertainty and ambiguity does not and should not stop people from being pretty sure about a lot of things.” If times of uncertainty don’t lead to your shining moments of leadership brilliance, acknowledge that. It’s easy to feel like everything is uncertain in times of uncertainty. Career & Learning Communication dealing with ambiguity dealing with uncertainty leading your team through change

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6 Things to Do When You Don’t Have a Clue

Let's Grow Leaders

Authenticity & Transparency Career & Learning career moves confidence humilty new job Trust uncertainty Perhaps you convinced them you were ready, or maybe someone convinced you. Either way, you’re in a new job or staring at a new project and don’t have the slightest clue where to start. You feel stupid on the inside and you wonder how badly it’s showing on the outside. Everyone’s looking to you for direction. Now what? A Story of Not Knowing.

Leadership Caffeine™—Awkward Moments

Management Excellence

Career Leadership Leadership Caffeine growth Navigating UncertaintyWe've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: [link] Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us.

Reinvigorate Your Career by Taking the Right Kind of Risk

Harvard Business

Stephen Curry has built his NBA career on taking shots that others don’t: three-pointers from a crazy distance. ” Embracing market risk in our careers is a high-percentage move. We are increasingly aware of the importance of assuming market risk when it comes to starting or growing a business, but assuming market risk is also a critical accelerant of the personal disruption that fuels individual career growth. Career planning Digital Article

Cut Through Career Uncertainty with Two Forecasting Tools

Harvard Business Review

Any time you make an important career decision, you're predicting where you're headed and whether your decision will move you toward your aspirations. Applying these strategy tools to your career can help you make better decisions. Many people use these forecasting tools in both their professional and personal lives, but they have an important place in career strategy (in fact, the second tool was mentioned in a comment on my previous post ).

Why Your Business Doesn’t Have a SEAL Team Six

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob's blog entries "arm employees" with the responsibility to grow their careers while growing the top line Babson Executive Education Business Uncertainty Elaine Eisenman H. Here is an excerpt from an article written by H. James Wilson and Elaine Eisenman for the Harvard Business Review blog.

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Don’t Talk Yourself Out of Trying a Second Career

Harvard Business

As our lives and marketplaces change all too rapidly, past career decisions can become obsolete or even dangerous to our wellbeing. With the experience of your first career to draw on, you should know what you enjoy and what you could learn to do. Even if you want to change careers to improve your income, you will still need to find a field you will enjoy, if not be passionate about. Career Transitions. Leaving a Stable Job to Create Your Dream Career.

To Take Charge of Your Career, Start by Building Your Tribe

Harvard Business

Show me a person who sees uncertainty as opportunity, and I’ll show you a person who has mastered the new world of work. A person like Juliet (not her real name), for example, who described a stressful stretch of her career as “disgustingly exciting.” That is, stories of creative struggle, bitter loneliness, and chronic uncertainty. A self in charge of one’s work productivity or career trajectory. This uncertainty kept them on edge.

Tips for Navigating Through a Job Transition

Lead Change Blog

In the transition phase, the feeling of anxiety and uncertainty is normal. Professional Development job transition new career change career development Change jobs TransitionsIn recent months, I have coached a couple of individuals as they each transitioned to a new role in a different organization.

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Leadership Caffeine-Lessons from the Wilderness

Management Excellence

Here are 5 ideas for cultivating tolerance for adversity and uncertainty on your team: Career Decision-Making Leadership Leadership Caffeine Leading Change Professional Growth Strategy Adaptation change Coping with Uncertainty Lessons from the Wilderness riskInstead of teaching people to work within a self-contained system where the goal is to impose order, this new world demands much more of a sense and respond style of leading.

If Greece Embraces Uncertainty, Innovation Will Follow

Harvard Business Review

“Culture” can sound like a catchall, a convenient way to place the blame outside the realm of policy, but I am talking about one specific dimension of culture: avoiding uncertainty. High uncertainty-avoidance cultures try to minimize the occurrence of unknown circumstances and proceed by implementing rules, laws, and regulations. Greece tops this index of uncertainty-avoidance across all countries, scoring 100 out of 100.

Avoiding The 5 Mistakes That Can End Your Leadership Career (before it even gets started)

Terry Starbucker

That was the bomb that nearly killed my leadership career, just as it was just getting started. The cable company had just been sold, so the idea of not only escaping the resulting uncertainty, AND also landing safely in a dream position (pro football was my favorite sport, although the Packers were my favorite team), was just too good to pass up. That was Mistake #1 on the road to near career killing.

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Career Plans Are Dangerous

Harvard Business Review

Manager, do you think you will be moving on?"), or brown-nosing ("I hope to be well along my career within this fine company") and it assumes that you are going to indeed like working at "this fine company" and that they are going to enjoy having you. If you don't know what the world is going to look like five years from now, there is not a lot of sense trying to predict potential external factors planning your career based on that dubious prediction. It's not career planning.

How resilient of a leader do you believe you are?


Just be careful during extended periods of uncertainty and adversity. Business Toolkit Career Leadership PollOur reader poll today asks: How resilient of a leader do you believe you are? Extremely resilient: I can handle any challenge and bounce back easily.

3 Ways to Take Action in the Face of Uncertainty

Harvard Business Review

If you’ve ever caught a deer in your headlights, you’ve seen that the first reaction to uncertainty is to freeze. companies have often hesitated to invest, citing “uncertainty” while they sit on a historic mountain of cash. Uncertainty is not going away anytime soon, and inaction can’t be the default response. I recently discussed the issue of managing through uncertainty with retired U.S. For most people, uncertainty breeds anxiety.

3 Tips To Get Discovered By Executive Search Firms

N2Growth Blog

Every day, job seeking executives (“hiders”) ask my teammates and I at N2Growth for career advice. Acknowledge that uncertainty and treat each interaction as if it is part of a repeated game. Applied consistently and well, you can maximize the odds of winning the career game. Human Capital executive search executive hiring Career Tips

Don’t Let Your Inner Fears Limit Your Career

Harvard Business

We’ll explain the process and how one leader used it to turn around her career. The experience of Suzanne (not her real name, but indeed a real person), a highly successful strategy consultant we met 10 years into her career, illustrates both the costs of unacknowledged fear, and the benefits of reconciling it. Nonetheless, she believed her career had stalled, and some feedback she’d received gave her a clue as to why. Ten years on, her career has taken off.

How to Communicate with Your Employees During Times Of Crisis

Lead from Within

You don’t want employees to feel they’re being spoken at, so make sure they understand that they’re the authors of their actions and have the power to make choices through this time of uncertainty. These are hard times.

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How We Sabotage Our Success.

Rich Gee Group

The funny thing is, you wouldn't believe the myriad of ways fear, uncertainty, and doubt took over in my mind to stop me from doing this simple task. Blog Business Coaching C-Level Career Coaching TipLet me take you through a simple business process and show you how we all sabotage our success every day with subtle procrastination behaviors: I had to FedEx a letter to a prominent executive last week to connect with them. Pretty easy?

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Three Big Priorities When You’re Stepping Up to Managing Managers

Art Petty

Succeeding as a manager of managers is another career adventure steeped in ambiguity and shrouded in uncertainty. Art of Managing Career Emerging Leaders First Time Manager Series Leadership Developing as a Manager First Time Manager Manager of Managers Managing ManagersThis article offers ideas to help you successfully navigate your new job as a manager of managers.

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Your career (and your business) is not a 6 lane highway where you can keep speeding in a single direction. Economic downturns, changes in demand/supply and such uncertainties. It is important to see your career as a journey and not a destination. And chaos/uncertainty is the best time to attempt something new. Uncertainty is ubiquitous and how to respond to uncertainty is a choice we have to make.

How The Best Leaders Are Already Planning Past The Crisis

Lead from Within

You can empower people through uncertainty if you hold true to the values and priorities that drive your team’s mission and communicate those values and priorities clearly and often.

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The One Aspect Of Crisis Management That No One Talks About

Lead from Within

People may be feeling frustrated—about change, about uncertainty—unaware that underlying that frustration is anger. Some people are more suited to crisis leadership than others. Many hunker down and hope they make it through.

Three Rules for Entrepreneurs During Uncertainty

Harvard Business Review

John Templeton , in the early stage of his career, bought 100 shares of selected companies, trading at less than $1, in 1939, the onset of World War II. Immediately after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, he went straight to business, despite the uncertainty. From New York City to London, Athens to Tokyo, we are living during a period of economic uncertainty. During uncertainty, customers, staff, and stakeholders panic. This economic uncertainty will end one day.

Why Great CEOs Embrace the Uncontrollable


Over my 17-year career in the North American coffee business, I must have dealt with three or four Brazilian frosts that pushed the price of coffee futures through the roof. Leadership bell ceo uncertainty uncontrollable Every day we see or read about superb acts of leadership.

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Morten Hansen on “How Great Leaders Make Their Own Luck”

First Friday Book Synopsis

In addition to his academic career, Hansen was a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group in the [.]. Morten Hansen is a professor at University of California, Berkeley, and at INSEAD, France. He was previously a professor at Harvard Business School for a number of years. Prior to joining Harvard University, Hansen obtained his Ph.D. from the business school at Stanford University.

5 Reasons Teams Lose Confidence

Let's Grow Leaders

He needed more time, more resources, better systems, and the uncertainty of the restructure was distracting to everyone, including him. Authenticity & Transparency Career & Learning Communication Energy & Engagement Everything Else Great leaders help teams visualize a winning future. They arm their team with the courage and audacity to remove roadblocks and galvanize people toward “impossible” feats. Take John.

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From Bubble Bursts to Recessions, This CEO Advises How to Overcome Time Without Business

CEO Insider

As a career-long serial entrepreneur, I’m used to leading through uncertainty. My first technology start-up crashed during the dotcom bubble burst and I financially turned around a company during the Great Recession.

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Lead Them Up the Learning Curve

Coaching Tip

Do you want to have a high-performing team that strives for greatness, even in the face of uncertainty? Books Business Coaching Career Communication Leadership Memes Self-Awareness Success Tips What is Work lifeDo you want to be a boss people love, while also driving high performance? . Building morale and high performance are about engagement, and engagement is all about learning.

The 5 Mistakes That Nearly Killed My Career (And Can Save Yours)

Terry Starbucker

” That was the bomb that nearly killed my career. The cable company had just been sold, so the idea of not only escaping the resulting uncertainty, AND also landing safely in a dream position (pro football was my favorite sport), was just too good to pass up. Nevertheless, I pressed on without making much note of this to my boss, since he had tattooed on my brain the fact that the budget was “immutable” That was Mistake #1 on the road to near career killing.

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Generation X and the Narrowing Career Path

Harvard Business Review

She is reaching a point in her career where the path seems to be narrowing suddenly and precipitously. And they don't like it when Boomers assume they're interested only in the "obvious" career path choice. The genesis of these concerns lies in the experiences Melissa would have shared with other members of her generation when they were teens in the late '70s, '80s and early '90s, times of economic uncertainty and domestic social change.

LeadershipNow 140: July 2020 Compilation

Leading Blog

VUCA Career Development for a VUCA Workplace by @Julie_WG. Radical Uncertainty: Why Your Projects Fall Flat and What to Do About It by @MarkDMcKinney. Here are a selection of tweets from July 2020 that you don't want to miss: The glass is half-full. How has 2020 helped you?

When is it OK NOT to Develop? Hint: Never.

Great Leadership By Dan

In today’s hypercompetitive, white-water, VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity) business environment, if you are not growing you are dying. career development coaching development IDPs individual development plan trainingThis post first appeared in SmartBrief on Leadership : Here’s a question I often get from managers: “I have employees that don’t want to be developed. They just want to come to work, do their jobs, and go home.

Really Important Interviewing Advice

Let's Grow Leaders

Interviewing is certainly not a time for self-deprecating remarks or uncertainty. Authenticity & Transparency Career & Learning Everything Else best interviewing tips how to get hired. Juan and I were sure this was the candidate of our dreams. His track record was solid. The awards plentiful. In fact, we’d already began to wonder if we needed to continue the search. Surely this interview was a formality and would support our intuition. Thank God. This was our guy.

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5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Taking The Leap to Entrepreneurship


As COVID-19 causes layoffs and extends uncertainty about employment in 2021, many people are considering new options, reinventing themselves, or trying to decide whether working for themselves is more desirable than finding another 9-to-5 job that might not last.

23 Powerful Ways to Motivate Yourself

Lead from Within

Get comfortable with uncertainty. Uncertainty is a major source of fear, and if you can learn to make friends with uncertainty, you can eliminate a major source of uncertainty. Lead From Within Business Career Inc. Motivation is something we’re supposed to carry within us, but it doesn’t always appear on its own.