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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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5 Powerful Ways to Ensure Leadership Training Sticks

“Don’t bother me with this crap. I don’t believe in leadership training. It’s a complete waste of time. It’s nothing against you as the new Training Director. I get that I have to work with you in some way. If you MUST […]

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My Peers Are Lazy: How Do I Stay Motivated?

So often we talk with clients or teams who are frustrated because their peers are lazy. Perhaps you’ve been there. What advice would you give to someone dealing with a slacker co-worker?  Dear Karin and David, How do I stay motivated when […]

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7 Big Rules For a Successful Talent Review

Their faces turned a little green when they realized I was in earshot. “I’ll talk up your candidate if you talk up mine,” and “Let’s be sure to downplay their developmental opportunities so they end up in the right box (referring to the […]

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Frontline Festival: Leaders Share about Strategy and Alignment

Welcome to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival on Strategy and Alignment. We asked thought leaders from around the world to share their very best post on strategy. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to […]

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Make Your New Hire’s Day: 7 Ways to Improve the New HIre Experience

Your new hire is driving home from her very first day. What’s she feeling? What’s she going to tell her kids about mommy’s new job? When she wakes up at 3 am anticipating Day 2, what’s on her mind? The statistics are […]

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What to Do When Your Boss Can’t Focus?

Have you ever had a boss who couldn’t focus? What advice would you have for Scattered? Dear Karin & David, What do you do with a boss who makes it impossible to focus? We agree on a direction and three days later […]

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Why Your Team Won’t Collaborate (and What To Do About It)

“I’m sick of this crap! My team won’t collaborate – why can’t they just figure this out?” Scott was CEO of an engineering firm that produced communications hardware and software for industries around the globe. He had worked hard with his board […]

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5 Ways Leaders Can Focus When Everything Is Important

How do leaders stay focused when everything feels so important? “Mark, What’s your M.I.T.?” Mark pushed back from his desk. “That’s a great question. I’ve so much flying at me…” He sighed. “I don’t have a clue.” Mark’s calendar might look familiar: […]

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Got Influence? An Easy Way to Show Up Stronger

Are you looking to improve your influence? So was Brad. “Brad” was a solid manager with stagnated results. He was great at constructive feedback and holding his team accountable, but recognition did not come naturally to him.  “Why should I say thank […]

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