Sometimes, teaching another person is the best way to improve a skill yourself. Managers looking to retain or enhance their technical expertise can use teaching and coaching as a way to stay on top of their own skills.
Plus, a manager’s role in professional development is to help team members discover their skills and passions, and then connect them to the resources they need to develop further. Managers who actively enable and coach their team members help keep their team performing well, and help cultivate a growth mindset at their organization.
As such, the manager-as-coach role is an important one at every organization.Continue reading
Imagine you poured your heart and soul into a project only to discover that it’s a total flop. It doesn’t work. Your boss hates it. Feedback is abysmal.
Fortunately, you have time to fix it, but it’s going to be tight, and it’s going to be tough.
How are you feeling? Most people might feel defeated, lost, upset, angry, or embarrassed. But some would find, emerging from that smorgasbord of negative emotions, a gentle simmer of excitement, of challenge, and of potential.Continue reading
2016 was not humanity’s best year. By some accounts, it may actually have been one of the worst in recorded history.
Still, it was a pretty epic year for HR — in a good way. And the great things that happened in this industry should be celebrated, even if the rest of the world is counting down the seconds until 2017.Continue reading
Mindfulness has become a bit of a buzzword, but its proven effects are hard to scoff at. Increased productivity, wellness, happiness, and energy are just a few reasons businesses are integrating elements of mindfulness into their leadership and management practices.
It’s a value that’s working its way into cultures from Google to General Mills.Continue reading
A lot of pro-active leaders work with executive coaches, but a new breed of company—which includes Zappos and Shopify—is extending the benefits of coaching beyond the C-suite.
This sort of leadership development initiative shows an admirable investment in people and culture, and appears to paying off in spades.Continue reading