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From the Culture Desk: When Startups Get Political

From the Culture Desk: When Startups Get Political

“It was great in the early days. Then things got political.” This is a common lament from my startup clients. When pressed to define “political,” the answers can get a bit fuzzy. Most find it hard to pinpoint, but, as Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart said of...

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Follow Tina Fey’s Advice: Say Yes, And…..

Follow Tina Fey’s Advice: Say Yes, And…..

There are a number of lessons I will take from Tina Fey's memoir, Bossy Pants. Stay away from the paper cups in male writers' offices at Saturday Night Live is one.** Another is that fame and fortune do not make women immune to the often agonizing trade-offs between...

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Grading on a Curve Undermines Performance

Grading on a Curve Undermines Performance

Microsoft offers a lesson on how not to conduct performance reviews. Its evaluation process, called "stack ranking" -- essentially grading on a curve -- has had a disastrous effect on morale, performance, and innovation, reports Kurt Eichenwald in "How Microsoft Lost...

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Mentoring Others Pays Off

Mentoring Others Pays Off

Mentoring and coaching others turns out to be more than just good Karma. A recent study of high-potential employees, Leaders Pay it Forward, found that those who mentored or coached less experienced colleagues advanced their careers and earned more than their peers...

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Making the Most of Your Offsite

Making the Most of Your Offsite

Three days of togetherness doesn't make up of 362 days of overwork. And all the rah-rah "team building" in the world is no substitute for listening to and acknowledging your employees. To be effective, an off-site employee retreat must address the needs of the...

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What’s the Use of Myers-Briggs™ (MBTI)?

What’s the Use of Myers-Briggs™ (MBTI)?

The Myers Briggs Type Indicator is one of the most widely used assessment tools in business and management settings, as well as in personal and career development. Its long history and use, including ongoing research and development, make it a remarkably reliable and...

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Conflict Avoidance is a Warning Signal

Conflict Avoidance is a Warning Signal

The absence of conflict may be a sign that something is wrong with your team. This may sound counter-intuitive at first, but it’s true. In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, author Patrick Lencioni sets up a pyramid of indicators of team dysfunction read more…

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Networking is Not a Dirty Word

Networking is Not a Dirty Word

Many of my career coaching clients cringe at the word “networking.” But I think networking gets a bad rap. When undertaken in the right spirit, building relationships can be fun as well as helpful. And you don’t have to be Keith Ferrazi to do it.

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Learn from Success

Learn from Success

"Learn from your mistakes." How many times have you heard this? It's good advice, as far as it goes. The lessons of our failures are valuable -- burn your finger once and you learn to steer clear of the hot stove. But how often have you conducted an autopsy of a...

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The Benefits of Over-Communicating

The Benefits of Over-Communicating

When in doubt about who's doing what, OVER-COMMUNICATE. Ask questions. Air assumptions. Clarify, clarify, clarify. Frequent, direct communication prevents you from assuming that your colleague is going to do something, only to find out when it's too late that he...

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In Praise of Partnership*

In Praise of Partnership*

  I'm not sure when "partner" became a verb, and truth be told, my inner lexicographer probably winced the first few times I heard it. But now I have adopted it whole-heartedly. So much so that today I partnered with a terrific coach and consultant, Leigh Marz,...

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Law School Grads — Where Did Our Drive Go?

Law School Grads — Where Did Our Drive Go?

  "I don't expect to love my job. There's a reason they call it 'work.' That's why they pay me for it," my friend said to me at lunch yesterday. She is a senior associate at a big San Francisco law firm, and like many in her position, she is overworked and...

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Ten Tips for Business Development

Ten Tips for Business Development

  Here are ten tips to help you grow your business and develop strong client relationships: 1. Know your value. What do you offer? What are your core strengths? 2. Know your edge. Be able to articulate what sets you apart from competitors. If you are a small...

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What Are The Hard Questions?

What Are The Hard Questions?

  On my home page I refer to "hard questions," but what do I mean? Hard questions are the ones that we politely avoid most of the time. They are the questions that, when asked, upset the apple cart, demand that we change. They challenge assumptions, require...

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