Career Management

Exploring the grounds for hope

September 13, 2010

Executive coach Michael Neill was conducting a seminar a few years ago when a woman stood up, “dripping with disgust,” and pointed at him. “The problem with you,” she said, “is that you give people hope.” It started Neill wondering where hope had acquired such a bad name. What he found was that critics of religion often accuse those belief systems of giving people “false hope.”

What rating would they give you?

September 13, 2010

How many times have you used an employee’s performance review to find out how your performance is? Dan Rosensweig, CEO of Chegg, starts the conversation with the employee this way:

Transitioning to the next level: 6 tips

August 13, 2010

Moving on up can be thorny if you’re not prepared to make the transition from a peer to a supervisor. David Peck, aka “The Recovering Leader,” offers six things to consider during and after a promotion:

Stephen Hawking: ahead of his time

July 9, 2010

Having written best-sellers about the origin of the universe and the meaning of time, astrophysicist Stephen Hawking is arguably one of the world’s most famous scientists. Yet, he’s never won a Nobel Prize. Why?

Is the Internet dumbing you down?

July 9, 2010
You may remember a stir about two years ago over whether the Internet is “making us stupid.” Now that question is being explored in long form, through a book that looks into the issue. And a book is just the point.

Is it time to reorder your thinking?

June 14, 2010
New research shows that middle-age minds can stay sharp—and keep getting sharper—if their owners give themselves mental challenges. One important way to keep your brain cells hopping is to challenge your assumptions. That’s easier said than done—especially now, when it’s so easy for anyone to retreat into a community of like-minded people. But if you want to stay on top, you must.

The value of strengthening your skills

June 5, 2010
A statewide leadership program in Kansas is training people how to get things done. Bob Sage is a case in point. Promoted to police chief of Rose Hill in 2002, he wanted to learn new ways to teach and lead. “Cops are alpha males, and everyone is trying to be leader of the pack,” he says. “You tend to have a real dominant personality.” The Kansas Community Leadership Initiative taught him different ways people learn and various approaches to lead them.

Leadership Tips: Vol. 610

May 17, 2010
Pull audience members’ attention away from their BlackBerrys by asking a lot of questions, says Shaun Rein, managing director of China Market Research Group … How did Apple sell more than $150 million worth of iPads on the product’s launch day? It spent 25 years earning the privilege of delivering personal and relevant messages to their customers, says blogger and author Seth Godin …

Getting a taste of leadership

May 14, 2010

William Johnson, the man who oversees H.J. Heinz, the $10 billion food company, may taste 300 to 400 products in development during a given year. But he’s usually the last person to taste a product, and he doesn’t even have a vote. “I’ve never believed in the rule of the ‘golden tongue,’” he says.

How 4 top companies mold leaders

May 14, 2010

In the never-ending quest for who is really developing raw talent, Fortune magazine, along with HR consulting firm Hewitt Associates and HR services firm RBL Group, created a system to rate the world’s largest companies. In choosing their top 25 firms, judges found that the best organizations go beyond the basics in developing strong leaders and come up with new ways to test employees.