AIM FOR A SEAT AT THE TABLE SO THAT YOU ARE NOT PART OF THE MENU Today’s news screams 2 headlines: Corporate Profitability is up and Jobs Are Loss. It is a tough time. Employees who want to continue to climb to the next level of responsibility rather than be a statistic must constantly manage the levers that help move their careers forward to get “a seat at the decision making table.” The levers of success fall into 4 categories: Self Knowledge, People, Politics and Performance. But only 3 really make a difference. Performance is a given, the stakes to just play the game. Self...

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Beware! Your Mindset may be robbing you and your people of a Future!

The use of the term “rob” is a bit of hyperbole but was used to get your attention about how as managers we can unintentionally hurt the people who work for us!  As managers, we tend to wish the best for our people if for no other reason then it makes us more productive.  If they are “robbed or hurt” it is unintentional and subtle.  Some of us have worked for these managers and sometimes our perception is that it is intentional and obvious.   Brainpower becomes a means of intimidation.   Even worse, they take more credit for the good things that happen than what they are due....

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New Manager? Learn to Let Go!

New Manager? Learn to Let Go! You have just been promoted to the job of manager. Congratulations on moving to the next level where you are contributing through others. Now What? No new manager roadmap! Promotions always feel good – they generally come with praise, more money and lots of expectation. But no one is advising you and giving you inside information on how to work with and manage others. In fact, according to Morgan W. McCall, Jr. (High Flyers – Developing the Next Generation of Leaders – HBS press – 1998) much of what leaders learn is learned on the job. People are not...

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