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WHAT THE #!@$% IS ANDRAGOGY?

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You Are Judged By How You ListenPedagogy for Grownups

By Lucille Maddalena, Ed.D.

June 2015

If you have not heard of the term andragogy, you are in good company.

The term andragogy[1] was coined in the 1800s by Alexander Knapp, a German educator, to refer to “methods or techniques used to teach adults” and was ...

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3 Blocks to a New Year

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3 Blocks to a New Year

Have you ever watched people simply stand and stare at the sea for hours? Mesmerized with the rolling waves, warmed by the sun and cooled by the soft breeze, the sounds and smells create a meditative environment.

    W e ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean.    But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.          —Mother Theresa of Calcutta

When you are at ...

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FIND YOUR TRAIL MARKERS

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FIND YOUR TRAIL MARKERS

FIND YOUR TRAIL MARKERS  –

By Dr. Lucille Maddalena

How do you decide what next step is the right one for you?  You may have invested years in one company, building a reputation as a hard worker capable of managing teams and making things happen.  Or perhaps you’re right out of graduate school starting a first job, ready to gain new skills and the credentials to form your career.

Whether you are a senior leader or just starting your career, you have ...

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LEADERSHIP MATTERS FROM THE AGE OF HERETICS

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LEADERSHIP MATTERS FROM THE AGE OF HERETICS

A engrossing book on the evolution of management today that I recently received as a gift from an esteemed colleague is THE AGE OF HERETICS by Art Kleiner.  Described as a “history of the radical thinkers who reinvented corporate management” published in 1996 by Warren Bennis, the content remains impactful.  I will recommend this book to those I coach seeking inspiration and innovation to challenge their future by understanding how we arrived at today’s working environment. 

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Part 1: LEADING CHANGE TV interview

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Part 1: LEADING CHANGE TV interview

You can’t be a leader without followers,” says Executive Coach Dr. Lucille Maddalena, “how do you get others to follow you and most important, how do you keep followers?”

A guest on Princeton TV’s LEADING CHANGE,  Dr. Maddalena talks with host Tara Seager  in a two-part show.  During  Part 1, she describes how she coaches leaders in transition. “In the past leaders held the role of participative manager, then the  position evolved into a quality monitor delegating assignments, now the task ...

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How do you manage up? See Part 2 of TV interview

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How do you manage up?  See Part 2 of TV interview

In the second segment of the interview from the show LEADING CHANGE, Dr. Maddalena poses the question: how do you manage those who are a level above you? You may lead a team whose members include higher level leaders, or you may provide a service such as IT or Finance to upper level management. In those roles you may lack the authority to assign tasks while holding the responsibility to guide the leader to complete the work required.

In the video, ...

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Running Out of Time?

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Running Out of Time?

Running Out of Time?

By Dr. Lucille Maddalena

Why is it that some people seem to get so much more done than others? There are only so many hours in the day, and everyone seems to be running like crazy to keep up with an endless list of tasks. Do you want to manage your time better – or do you feel that no matter what you do, you’ll never be able to do all you ...

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Joy & Work: the Secret to a Longer Life?

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Joy & Work:  the Secret to a Longer Life?

Joy and Work: the Secret to a Longer Life?

By Dr. Lucille Maddalena

 

If you enjoy laughing while learning, check out The Happy Secret to Better Work on YouTube.  Shawn Anchor uses humor and impressive scientific data to tell us what we all probably know on an instinctual level: people perform better and live longer when happy.

 

Sure we all want to live a happier and longer life. Are you happy at your job, comfortable with the routine, or do you find it ...

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The Job Is Yours To Lose

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The Job Is Yours To Lose

Have you ever been nervous about beginning a new job? Most of us are as excited about a new work opportunity as we are uncertain about the proper way to take on the new assignment—and we know it takes more than luck to succeed.

Avoid going into the position ‘blind”: take the time to prepare yourself and gain the support and guidance that will make the difference between success, just getting by, or not making the grade. Consider the oft-quoted phrase  ...

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Why Middle Managers Matter

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Why Middle Managers Matter

Middle management, comprised of first-line supervisors to associate-directors, is the largest and most powerful group of white-collar workers in the corporate sector. From this sector will grow the leaders for tomorrow’s organizations. It is surprising to find that although middle-managers sustain the organization, many leaders appear to overlook or minimize the dynamic role of this integral group who:

  • represent a significant financial investment for a corporation in salaries, value of output, production investment and maintenance expenditures.
  • experience continuing upheaval while being ignored, ...
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