Coaching and development

Want a Seat at the Table? Learn to Rock It [video]

The best way to get a seat at the executive table is to impress those already there. In order to do that, you need to be a more effective presenter. In the second episode of our six-part series...

Lessons I learned at HRPA2015

For me, one of the big take-aways from HRPA2015 was the need to look at challenges and opportunities from new perspectives. I found the most interesting sessions were the ones where the speakers...

Talking Talent Management & Social Media with @UnMarketing

I was at HRPA 2015 last week and had an awesome time taking in all the great speakers and networking with some fantastic HR professionals. While there, I took the time to interview some of the...

3 Keys to Effective Feedback: Observations, Perspectives, and Pathways

Feedback is a key component of a successful coaching program. Without it, you can’t effect positive change. If you’re not paying attention to the three key elements of feedback, though, you might be...

The 5 Top Talent Management Posts of 2014

Has 2014 been as crazy for you as it has for me? This year seemed to be marked by a lot of interesting twists and turns. On one hand we heard stories of talent shortages making it difficult fill...

7 Problems With Employee Incentives

For over a century the prevailing management wisdom in many companies has been that, in order to get improved performance from employees, you have to reward the behavior you want and punish the...

Coaching With Impactful Questions

A lot of coaching comes down to the questions you ask and how you ask them. The most effective coaches will ask a question instead of making a statement, but it’s also the type of question they ask...

In Coaching, Know When to Be Quiet

Listening is a key to success in so many areas; successful communication, successful leadership, and successful coaching are all underpinned by the power of listening. It's also a key that many of us...

The Coaching Toolbox: Acknowledging and Championing Your Employees

In a post outlining a four-step coaching process, I listed a number of powerful tools coaches should have in their toolbox to ensure success. Today, I want to explore one of those tools:...

The Coaching Tool Many Managers Are Missing

If you are involved in coaching in the workplace, chances are that your end goal is improvement. That could be improvement in performance, improvement in attitude, improvement in a specific skill or...

A 4-Step Process for More Effective Coaching

In my work with clients as a professional coach and trainer, I've rarely come up against someone who doesn’t think coaching can have a positive impact on a person and company. More often than not, I...

Are You Picking the Right Kind of Leader?

Most executives are not happy with their organization’s succession management program, despite recognizing the importance of such activities. Those sentiments are taken from reports created by...

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