Three Questions to Enhance Your Career Progression

In most organisations, professionals who want to move up get lots of feedback. Did you hit your numbers? Make your budget? How did you perform in managing a major project? Many companies provide you with dubious, so-called 360-degree feedback based on anonymous surveys from your boss, peers and direct reports. And there is also, of course, your annual performance review. For managers seeking promotion, such feedback is of only marginal…

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5 Tips to Get over Your Fear of Conflict          

Most of us have some resistance to conflict. Instead of addressing issues directly, we try to be ‘nice’ or avoid issues altogether. We can end up spending an inordinate amount of time talking to ourselves and others without confronting often necessary conflict. We complain, feel frustrated and ruminate on something that already happened. Or, we anticipate something that might happen. These conversations usually sound something like this: “My colleague interrupted…

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Pick up the phone and stop emailing!

Some of my mentoring and coaching clients have significant communication challenges in their organisation. I constantly reinforce that they need to communicate more without texting, emailing, tweeting or whatever else one does on smart devices and laptops. We are losing that all-important human interaction because of the perceived ease of these ‘communication’ tools. In fact many people seem hell-bent on avoiding conversation altogther. Go to a public place and witness…

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