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Annual Performance Reviews

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

By Kim | Nov 28, 2018

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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Positive Feedback is Good

How to Make Your Positive Feedback More Valuable

By Kim | Nov 21, 2018

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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Career Advancement

Making the Case for What You Want in Your Career

By Kim | Nov 14, 2018

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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Critical Thinking is Important for Business

Why is Critical Thinking Important in Business?

By Kim | Oct 30, 2018

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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Thank you note for delivering feedback as a gift.

How to Deliver Feedback as a Gift

By Kim | Oct 24, 2018

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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Business interaction in a boardroom

Is Legal Action the Answer to Board Gender Inequity?

By Kim | Oct 16, 2018

In late September of 2018, California governor Jerry Brown signed a law requiring publicly traded companies to have at least one woman on their boards of directors. Organizations across the state must comply by the close of 2021 or face hefty fines. Since KQED reports that 25% of the publicly traded companies in California don’t…

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Don't Wait to Be Tapped.

Don’t Wait to Be Tapped

By Kim | Sep 27, 2018

I was at a networking lunch recently with a small group of women of various career tenures. The woman hosting had brought us together to learn our thoughts on leadership and growing our careers in what for many of us are male-dominated above the mid-manager ranks. A common thread emerged. Those of us around the…

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The 4Ps That Drive Profitability

By Kim | Apr 2, 2018

As with any solid structure, there is a foundation and pillars that are needed to support it. If any of those pillars are weakened, the entire structure is at risk of failing. This analogy is true of organizations. At The Innovare Group, we believe there are four pillars that make up a healthy, profitable business.…

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Is Your Bench Ready for the Unexpected?

By Kim | Feb 6, 2018

“I think the big thing that helped me was knowing that I didn’t have to be Superman. I have amazing teammates, amazing coaches around me. And all I had to do was just go play as hard as I could, and play for one another.” – Nick Foles Post-Game Interview This past weekend the Philadelphia Eagles – now 2018 Super Bowl…

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