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Balancing the tension between soft-skills… and “wishy-washy” leadership

Last week, we led a week-long in-person workshop with the department objective(s) of team building, better working in a hybrid world and how to do that all while navigating multiple generations. So, we went back to the basics. (Which, really, are not so basic). We focused on leading yourself and communication. We’ll share more about what we learned in the weeks to come, but what’s…

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Why your company’s biggest brand ambassadors aren’t who you think.

Anthony Klotz, the Texas A&M professor who introduced the world to the concept of “The Great Resignation” expects “quit rates” to remain higher than average for the next couple of years. As in – the great resignation is far from over. With what’s being referred to as an “employees’ market,” companies are turning to their talent to help fill open positions. As such, we’ve heard…

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Leading… At all levels.

Before Shereen and I embarked on Thread, we made a list of non-negotiables for new projects. As in, things we were adamant we would turn away, regardless of the company, offer, etc. One of the first ones came to us when we were talking about conducting culture analyses. Which was “if they won’t give us access to all levels (read: namely entry-level), we won’t do…

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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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