5 Essential Practices of Great Second-in-Commands

I served as the third-in-command in a large branch of a fairly dynamic service organization.  When I recently told my leader that I was transferring to serve as the second-in-command at a different branch of the same service organisation, he told me “Go show them what it means to be a first follower.”  I was…

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Micro-Promotions: The New Formula For Retaining Your Stars

Have you ever wondered how you can convince your best employees to stick around long enough to be able to include them in your company’s long-term plans?  Do you ever feel like your younger employees have the attention span of a gnat, that they are constantly looking to chase the next shiny object (AKA “job…

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How Massively Successful Companies Order Their Priorities

I recently wrote about the Coming Talent Revolution and the calamity it will cause employers who are not paying attention to the signals in the current labour market.  Employees are no longer content to work for an employer who puts profits before people and purpose.  The best talent will inevitably be drawn to progressive employers…

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A Talent Revolution Is Coming

Do you love your job?  On Sunday nights, are you chomping at the bit to tackle that project on your desk, or do you mostly feel grief for the loss of your fleeting two days of freedom?  Employment surveys and workforce studies keep telling us that the vast majority of people are in the second…

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How to Keep Your Millennials on a Shoestring Budget

So much has been written about how different Millennials are from the rest of humanity that you’d think aliens had abducted this new generation and replaced them with completely irresponsible, self-absorbed tech junkies.  But when it comes down to it, there’s really only one difference that matters when comparing Millennials with past generations in the…

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Found: The Lost Cypher For Revealing Leadership Potential!

I sometimes ask executives and HR leaders: “If I could give you a magic ‘something’ to make leadership development easier, what would that magic something be?”  By far, the most common request is for an effective leadership assessment tool—one that can actually determine if someone will be an effective leader.  There are literally thousands of…

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Are You a Bottleneck In The Decision-Making Process?

Have you ever had a boss who was a complete control freak? The type of boss who just had to have the final say on everything? When I was the director of human resources for a mid-sized construction company, I reported to the Executive Vice President. He was just like that: always insisting that the decision-making…

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Succession Planning That Works

I’ve spent several years researching and writing about the difference between succession plans that fail, and those that succeed. In 2015, I interviewed over fifty executives from nearly fifty different companies to discover what has worked for them, and what hasn’t, in their efforts to grow their bench strength from within. After about the twentieth…

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Stop Scrambling And Get More Strategic

I do it all the time. I’ve got too many things to do in too little time, so I’m running around doing the things that seem most urgent at the time. Invariably, I forget something or make a mistake that I wouldn’t normally make. It’s only when I stop to remember a lesson I learned…

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The Missing Piece of the Succession Planning Puzzle

How did you learn to be a manager? Just about everyone I’ve asked that question to have said some variation of “I was thrown into the deep end and it was up to me to sink or swim.” How often does that method of leadership development work out? Answer: about 16% of the time. The…

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