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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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On By – Taking the Risk

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On By – Taking the Risk

Have you ever been stopped in your tracks by risk? Balancing the odds of success, the investment you‘ve made in relationships, the value of the win – how do you make your choice? Often it is the actions that others don‘t see that truly defines winners from losers.

I am always amazed when I find myself experiencing one of life‘s lessons while engaged in something completely unrelated. One such event occurred on a winter day in northern Pennsylvania.

A Cold Example

Instead of ...

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Leadership Clues – 4 Questions to Test for Leadership

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Leadership Clues – 4 Questions to Test for Leadership

As an executive coach and consultant for twenty years, I’ve learned a few techniques for observing leaders. These help me recognize clients with a high potential for success as well as those who seem to be stuck on a losing streak. Such techniques may hold value to executive teams and corporate boards seeking to select and develop future leaders. And they may also be useful for leaders conducting a self-evaluation.

Just as a good detective seeks clues, it is important for ...

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A Legacy Through Learning – C-Suite Successions

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A Legacy Through Learning – C-Suite Successions

I recently witnessed the retirement of a Fortune 100 Senior Executive. He chose to leave and was quick to describe the wealth of life experiences now before him. Yet it was a sad day for those of us who witnessed his departure. As we watched him through the corporate lobby for the last time, his broad shoulders seemed to slump a bit with every step.

Legacy Lost

Yes, this senior exec was lauded at a retirement dinner, has a golden parachute and ...

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You Are Judged by How You Listen

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You Are Judged by How You Listen

We all know that interpersonal relationships are the key to any leader’s success. Open, genuine discussion has to occur up, down and sideways. Did you realize that how you listen has a significant influence on how others perceive you? Allow me to share a situation with someone who needed a wake-up call to see the image he was presenting to others, simply by how he listened to them.

I recently met a young engineer, Neil, who felt his career was stalled. ...

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How Leaders Avoid Job Isolation

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How Leaders Avoid Job Isolation

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We all fail in isolation. Many of the C-level executives I coach find it difficult to establish open communication with others and restrictions inherent in the position prevent a free exchange of information. Recognizing both your strengths and weaknesses allows you to make informed decisions regarding your behavior, interpersonal relationships and assessment of risk.

The dynamic executive creates an environment of trust that permits feedback, honest assessment and mutual respect. These ...

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Empathy is Not a Soft Skill

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Empathy is Not a Soft Skill

What can we do when we are seeking agreement, attempting to guide our team through change, or tasked with moving a project forward—and it seems that everyone has their own direction, away from consensus? Odds are we all know at least one top executive who would overlook the ‘soft skills’ of better communication and instead issue a ‘slap to the back of the head’ by saying “come on, let’s get this together” then proceed to implement his/her idea without considering ...

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Are You a Worrier or a Warrior?

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Are You a Worrier or a Warrior?

Are you eager to go to work every day? Do you enjoy your job and return home satisfied that you have invested that day in an activity that is worthwhile and satisfying? If you are like so many others that are ready to take an active role in building your career rather than worry about your job, here are five steps to build the confidence to succeed.

According to a Gallup poll, over 60% of workers are not truly engaged in ...

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