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the realities and joys of being in leadership and management roles

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Why Ask Why

Why Ask Why

There are so many great works that seek the answers to the purpose and meaning of life.  Philosophy and religion are just two disciplines exploring the elements of the human condition and attempt to expand our understanding of the most fundamental questions about our existence.  I am not so grandiose to presume that I have any answers to these existential questions, but I have realized that the study of these matters sparked my love of the simple question of “Why.”…

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Do We Do Enough to Support Employees Emotional Well-Being During Growth Opportunities?

Do We Do Enough to Support Employees Emotional Well-Being During Growth Opportunities?

Many employees’ express yearnings for experiential growth and development opportunities throughout their career.  Frequently, they look to their manager to bring about these opportunities without personally investing in the creation of a development plan.  Astonishingly, it does not work out as either the employee or manager envision.  My experience has taught me that the causes generally break down into two broad groupings.  First, poor engagement leads to insufficient personal commitment.  There is a whole host of reasons why poor engagement…

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Email Response: Considering Leaving the Firm

Email Response: Considering Leaving the Firm

Yes, I changed the person’s name and reworded some sentences to protect the company’s identity. No, this is not my current or any former employer. If pressed for time, skip to the bottom for some questions to think about. RE: Considering Leaving the Firm Hi Elina, I hope you and your family are doing well. Of course, Anh and I would love to catch up over dinner next month. Based on your email, I understand that you are considering leaving…

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Thoughts on KPIs from High Output Management

Thoughts on KPIs from High Output Management

I am a strong advocate for the power of key performance indicators (KPIs).  These indicators help guide and focus departments, act as leverage when requesting resources, and provide insight when diagnosing trends before they become significant problems.  They apply as much to a personal level of accountability as they do for a department or company.  I am re-reading Andy Grove’s book, High Output Management, and he has an excellent chapter covering KPI concepts. In chapter 2, there are many pearls…

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