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One Size Fits… One: Treating your talent like your clients

Can you imagine a company having a tagline that reads “one size fits all?” Probably not. Instead, we see words like… Bespoke. Personalized. Tailored. Companies want to let customers know that there’s not a one-size-fits-most and you’ll get white-glove treatment with customized solutions specifically fit to your business, goals and challenges. But when it comes to talent management, companies are struggling with retention in record-breaking…

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Thursday Thread, DIRTY WORDS Edition: MOURN

Mourn. Often a grim word, but it doesn’t always have to be. As coaches, we’ve found ourselves using this world A LOT recently with clients. And, if we’re being honest, with ourselves as well. (More on that below) Most of us probably have a visceral reaction to the word mourn. We may associate it with a sad moment in our lives. Rarely does it have…

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Thursday Thread: Succession Planning with a twist

A lot of companies and their leaders feel like they’ve been in a reactive state for 2 years: 2020 threw unexpected circumstances at us all; 2021 brought about the Great Resignation. There was little time to be proactive. For those who are ready to be more proactive, 2022 can be the year of The Great Transition. We’ve entered a whole new game where the rules are…

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Thursday Thread: What got you here won’t get you there

“What got you here won’t get you there” can (and should) be applied to many aspects of an evolving organization. Today, we’re taking this lens and applying it to competencies. The end of the year is a great time to revisit your companies’ core competencies. As a leader, when reflecting on your employee’s previous year, consider this: are the core competencies we’ve outlined as an organization…

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Thursday Thread: Iceberg of Ignorance

Here’s how we sometimes see the question of “how’s this week been?” being answered across an organization… Staff to peer: “I’m getting to the point of burn-out. This tool isn’t working as expected. Communicating with the cross-teams has been difficult.” Staff to team leader: “Honestly, it’s been pretty tough… I don’t anticipate it being this way forever but…” Staff to team manager: “This month has…

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Thursday Thread: Stockdale Paradox

Ever heard of the Stockdale Paradox? It’s a concept introduced in Jim Collins’ Good to Great, coined after a Senior Naval Officer, James Stockdale, a prisoner of the Vietnam War who tortured over 20 times before he was out and reunited with his family. His advice on surviving his time held captive? “You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end—which you…

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Thursday Thread: One Year Ago…

A message from our co-founder, Shereen Sater, for today’s #ThursdayThread: One year ago today, Lindsey and I were in the thick of our capstone projects trying to figure out what an ideal life looked like for both of us once we graduated six months later. We rented out a conference room – brought tons of sticky notes and markers – and spent a day brainstorming everything we…

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Thursday Thread, DIRTY WORDS: #INNOVATION

Innovation… my favorite [dirty] word. It gets a bad rep in organizations – it’s scary and comes with a tons-of-extra-hours connotation. Our mind goes to products, revenue, and time.  But really, innovation is an “um, duh, why didn’t I think of that?!” idea. And, like most other things… innovation is a competency. It’s a muscle; the more you work at it, the stronger it gets. Take…

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Thursday Thread: It’s all gra(v)y, baby

“The Neutral Zone.“ Introduced to listeners of ZigZag, host Manoush Zomorodi shares the term originally coined by William Bridges to help organizations understand that cloudy area between an ending and a new beginning. (Listen to the podcast here). Who knew Semisonic was onto something so profound in their song Closing Time in stating “every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” While this concept was originally…

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