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Get a Coach or Get a Mentor?

Get a Coach or Get a Mentor?

We all need a little help with our professional lives now and then. And I’m guessing you’re familiar with the terms “coach” and “mentor.” But what are they, really? Which should you turn to? Where do you find them? Let’s take a look at the differences between coaches...

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Becoming an Executive—How to Make the Leap to the C-Suite

Becoming an Executive—How to Make the Leap to the C-Suite

There are a lot of books and articles about preparing yourself for life in the upper echelons of management—the executive level, or “C-Suite.” Two of my favorites that describe what’s different about being an executive are The Next Level by Scott Eblin and What Got...

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Flatland—Advance Leadership Through Improved Perception

Flatland—Advance Leadership Through Improved Perception

    Note: This is an example of taking a lesson from another field—in this case, astrophysics—and using it to make your case. Dr Sagan was trying to get us to imagine being able to see what we currently cannot, which is a fundamental lesson in Purposeful...

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Leadership Development: Competencies or Capacity?

Leadership Development: Competencies or Capacity?

Introduction We’ve all seen them. Some companies have them for internal use. Some companies in the leadership development business tout theirs. (And, of course, the certifications and training they sell along with them.) What are they? Leadership competency models, of...

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Covid-19 and Talent Development

Covid-19 and Talent Development

Covid-19 is certainly proving to be a game-changer – and we still don’t know to what extent it will affect our ability to develop leaders. But one thing is for sure: there are permanent changes in store for us all. So, here’s the message: these aren’t obstacles to...

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Own Your Development!

Own Your Development!

There was a time in the not-too-distant past when careers were, for the most part, based on “lifetime employment.” You went to school, got on with a good company or organization, and worked your way up until you retired. But not anymore! These days, it’s expected that...

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Getting the Degree You Want

Getting the Degree You Want

Have you ever considered going back to school to either finish a degree you started or to earn another? I’d like to give you a few ideas you might consider when weighing this option. Ever since the 1970s, we’ve seen a rapid expansion of adults with college degrees....

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The Need for Scholar-Practitioners

The Need for Scholar-Practitioners

When developing and delivering degree programs for working adults, there is a  need in academia for scholar-practitioners, people who not only are experienced in their fields but are also well-educated in its scholarly structures. Working adults want degree programs...

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Should You Pursue a Doctorate?

Should You Pursue a Doctorate?

As we, as working professionals, go through our careers, sometimes we ask ourselves, “What’s next?” Sometimes, the next job assignment or training class isn’t enough. Or maybe that master’s degree you earned way back when no longer has you on top of your field. Or...

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Which Do You Need—A Coach or a Mentor?

Which Do You Need—A Coach or a Mentor?

At different times in our careers, we need a little help, a little boost, a little bit of direction. There are a lot of good sources for feedback and support—family members, friends, co-workers, etc. But two more formal types of assistance are also useful at times:...

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