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Cordial Political Dialog in the Office

Cordial Political Dialog in the Office

If you want to get a team riled up, drop a political comment into a group conversation and hold on.  Politics are more of a third rail at work than when we gather at the Thanksgiving dinner table.  I can say with confidence that political conversations frequently do not end well.  Oh sure, the casual banter starts off with reasonable engagement, but it quickly devolves into rhetoric as the verbal combatants stop listening and prepare to hurl volleys of poorly…

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Goals are not a Panacea for Achievement

Goals are not a Panacea for Achievement

I have been a strong advocate of S.M.A.R.T. goals.  This method has significant appeal for annual bonus planning and assessing performance achievement.  However, being goal driven in all aspects of your life can be detrimental. What I have begun to understand is that goals always leave me feeling like I am chasing a long-sought reward that never seems to be within my reach.  By moving the objective as soon as I get meaningfully close, I convince myself that striving for…

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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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