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6 Secrets of a Utility Player: How to Hire For Indispensable

It’s easy to hire for rock stars—the folks with the exact niche skills you need in the marketplace. But don’t underestimate the value of a true utility player for long-term success. How (and Why) to Find, Hire (and Promote) a Utility Player […]

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How Do I Stop My Boss From Treating Me Like a Kid?

Have you ever seen this dynamic? A manager has known “a kid” on their team forever. LOVES her. WANTS the best for her. AND is ironically holding her back. If you ask “the kid,” (who also loves and respects said manager), it’s […]

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How to Interview For Winning Leadership Competencies

You’re working hard to build a Winning Well culture. You’ve identified your MIT leadership competencies and are working to cultivate and encourage the right behaviors. How you staff your key leadership roles matters more now than ever. How will you identify the […]

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Managing Remote Teams: How to Increase Engagement and Performance

Managing Remote Teams: Relationships First Dear Karin and David, Do you have any best practices for managing remote teams? I’m finding it hard to build genuine connection and to stay on top of performance when the team is so dispersed. Signed, On […]

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How to MBWA Without Getting in the Way

My phone rang, “Karin, she’s here …” “Crud, just what we needed today! Bad MBWA. Aghhh. You know the drill, warn the others. I’ll let John (my boss) know.” John picked up the phone, “Okay, is your team ready? Remember there’s no […]

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How to Motivate Your Team When You Don’t Set the Goals

Wondering How to Motivate Your Team When You Don’t Set the Goals? Hint: Don’t Motivate, Cultivate Have you ever been given a goal by your supervisors and thought, “Ugh! What are they thinking? My team’s gonna hate this!” If so, you’re not […]

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Ceremonies, Celebration, and How to Create Meaningful Beginnings

Imagine the Olympics without the opening ceremonies. What if the games just started. No torch. No sexy flag carriers, no dancers. No music. No costumes.  No human interest stories. No ceremonial coming together of divided political interests. Just, “Up first, curling.” Ceremonies and rituals invite us […]

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Innovation and Creativity at Work: A Frontline Festival

Are you searching for ways to bring more innovation and creativity to your team? In this month’s Frontline Festival, thought leaders from around the world share their insights on how to foster innovation at work. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of […]

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One Surprising Reason Your Nonprofit Struggles to Grow

I regularly speak with nonprofit leaders who wonder why their nonprofit struggles to grow. They have a great theory of change, clear intended impact, enthusiastic donors, but … something is wrong. Here are a few quotes from some of these leaders. I’ve […]

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Overlooked For Promotion Again: Now What Should I Do?

Dear Karin and David, I’ve been sitting in the “ready now” box on the performance potential grid for over a year. But this is the third promotion in a row that’s gone to someone clearly less qualified for political reasons. I’ve been […]

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One Obvious Secret to Retaining High Performers

Recently, I received an incredibly strong message about retaining high performers. The message came from Jennifer, a former store manager at a national women’s clothing chain. Jennifer is outgoing, incredibly gifted at making customers feel comfortable, and was considered a “high-potential” by […]

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Workplace Drama: How Do I Stop It and Improve Morale?

Are you having trouble with workplace drama? Perhaps this will sound familiar. Dear Karin and David,  I try so hard to be an empathetic leader. I really do care about the human beings on my team. But there is one woman on […]

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