new manager

5 Must-have conversations for a new manager to succeed

Whether you’re a senior leader promoting someone into a management role, or you’re an HR advisor helping with that process, here are 5 conversations to have with that new manager to help them succeed. One of the steepest hills any of us ever climb in our career ascent is the one from “worker” to “manager.” […]

younger self

Advice for your younger self

How many times in life have you thought, “If I only knew then what I know now?” When you think about your younger self, what do you remember about starting your career? Try, if you can, to remember how you felt. What was exciting? What did you worry about? Think about your first “real” rung […]

performance conversations

Keys to having effective performance conversations

Hands up if you’ve ever been excited to have performance conversations. Anyone?  Not many people enjoy engaging in them, either as an employee or as the leader. They feel so forced and awkward in their calculated orchestration.  As leaders, deep down we know that performance conversations can be valuable. And they are, when they’re done […]

Boss or a leader

Are you a “boss” or a “leader”?

Would you say you are a boss or a leader? Let’s start with definitions: A boss has a position of authority and can exercise power, but a leader has the ability to manage people well and inspire them to action. We recently discussed signs you’re ready to be a leader (and a few signs you’re […]