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5 Steps to Allow Employees to Fail Safely

Lessons Learned from Failing in Business

One of the most important elements of being a strategic leader is allowing your employees to experience failure and learning from their mistakes in an environment where they are encouraged to experiment and take calculated risks. For some leaders, this concept may have you feeling uneasy even just reading this far. Much of business today…

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5 Tips to Gain Buy-in for Your Plan

Gain Influence and Buy-in

Have you ever had your budget slashed during one of the many rounds of line item revisions? Or been told the project you’ve spent months researching is now on hold due to a “shift in priorities”? It’s a frustrating reality of business. Whether you’re leading a project in which you own the budget, or you…

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Top 7 Leadership Mistakes to Avoid in High-Growth Times

Houston We Have a Problem

When times are good, it’s not uncommon to let your guard down and fall to the pressure of quick and easy wins. Unfortunately, with those decisions come long-lasting consequences. Don’t get caught off guard making these mistakes! Read on to know what to avoid so you don’t fall prey to this tempting trend. 1. Assuming…

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Moving From Doer to Delegator in the New Year

Do You Delegate Enough?

We’ve all heard the saying “perception is reality,” right? This little catchphrase may sound like marketing-speak, but I believe it holds an important grain of truth, especially when it comes to our careers. In the workplace, the line between popular opinion and reality can get awfully blurry. We may not always agree with how our…

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Review Time: How to Set Yourself Up for a Better 2019

Annual Performance Reviews

People’s reactions to annual performance reviews run the gamut of emotions. Some dread and fear them, some are indifferent, and some find them exciting and rewarding. Regardless of individual feelings, most employees see annual performance reviews as the first time they’ll get real feedback all year, and many look to this moment to learn what…

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How to Make Your Positive Feedback More Valuable

Positive Feedback is Good

A few weeks ago, we discussed the value of specific, positive feedback and how it can make a huge difference in employee morale and performance. When we explain exactly what they’re doing right and why it benefits the company, we help the people we supervise to grow and excel. This type of feedback means pushing…

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Making the Case for What You Want in Your Career

Career Advancement

No matter how tenured we are in our career, one thing remains constant – men and women approach career advancement very differently from one another. Making the case for what we want in our career is no different. In the strategy work I do at the organizational and professional level, I see this unconscious bias…

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Why is Critical Thinking Important in Business?

Critical Thinking is Important for Business

Recently I was included in an Up Journey article where I answered the question ‘Why is Critical Thinking Important’? Below is an excerpt from that piece and three steps to take to incorporate a critical thinking framework in your organization. As a former business executive and now the owner of a boutique organizational strategy consultancy,…

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How to Deliver Feedback as a Gift

Thank you note for delivering feedback as a gift.

Constructive feedback is tricky. It’s challenging to dole out in a way that’s both productive and considerate, and even more challenging to accept gracefully. Since many of us resist both giving and getting it, we may convince ourselves that if anyone offers us feedback it’s guaranteed to be negative. In fact, many don’t consider supportive…

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