Understanding Peer-to-Peer Learning

Most organizations offer a variety of educational tools to their employees from formal in-person or virtual classes and self-paced e-learning to informal lunch & learns and mentoring programs. With technology helping to speed the democratization of knowledge transfer, access to resources is becoming less of an issue. These days the biggest blocker to employee education is peoples’ free […]

How to Manage a High Performer

High performers are motivated by a variety of formal benefits such as total compensation, specialized perks, and job titles as well as a host of informal status symbols such as ownership of key projects or clients, budget size, visibility to leadership, and the number and geographic spread of headcount managed. Regardless of which power currency an organization trades on, however, professional growth is the […]

The What, How and Why of Hiring a Coach

People hire coaches for all sorts of reasons from enhancing productivity and increasing performance to navigating a career transition and improving personal or professional relationships. There are as many goals as there are clients and no shortage of life, business, and career coaches waiting in the wings to help. But before you sign up for that coaching package make sure you understand the basics of the […]

How to Give “Negative” Feedback

The first step is to stop seeing it as negative. Imagine for a moment that your good friend is about to give a speech right after lunch, and you notice he has a big piece of spinach in his teeth. Would you tell him? Of course, you would. Sure, it might be uncomfortable, even embarrassing but your action is of great benefit to […]

Research: How to Ensure Your Coaching Program Pays Off

To improve productivity, accelerate professional development, and reduce turnover of key talent, many organizations have established in-house coaching programs to supplement their other training offerings. Though well intentioned, many of these initiatives fail to produce a quantifiable return on investment. Worse yet, in some cases their efficacy is never measured at all. By first understanding the value, purpose, and limitations of […]

Seven Signs That Your Company Has a Talent Problem

Signs of poor talent management depend in part on the size of the company, its HR system infrastructure, data analysis capability, and the company’s stage of growth/decline. That said, if an organization is sophisticated enough to have a talent strategy in place, the following are common indications that something is about to go off the rails. A Gap in Succession Plans:If few leaders have […]

How to Interview Your Coach

Coaching can be a powerful tool when used effectively and in conjunction with other development actions. Practitioners of the career-coaching sub-specialty will often highlight a series of potential benefits including increased performance, enhanced productivity, greater executive presence, personal brand identification and positioning, and better quality relationships in and outside the organization. Attaining these results however, is largely dependent on two factors: your […]

Big Meeting Ahead? Skip the Trust Falls

Sooner or later many employees will get tapped to plan a company event. Whether it’s an extended, off-site staff meeting or a strategic, global conference, the task can be daunting. And while some larger organizations have corporate communications, HR, and/or training departments that might be able to lend a hand, often given workloads and budget restrictions, you’ll be largely left on your […]

Mentors Matter

Success though service – three rules for working hard, winning big, and staying humble. Mentors rarely realize the impact they have on the lives they touch. Adjusting strategies with the grace of a martial arts master, the best of them shift seamlessly from teacher to coach, confidante to counselor, cheerleader to drill sergeant, all in an effort to bring out […]

More Than a Generation: How to Connect in the Classroom

Factors to consider when attempting to make a meaningful connection with a diverse, ever-changing, technology-obsessed workforce. For the first time in history, four generations are represented in the workforce. This sociological anomaly has led management gurus to hyper-focus on intergenerational relationships and communication dynamics. In pursuit of the ever-elusive increase in organizational performance, we’ve seen a proliferation of group profiles, value summaries, and various […]