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The Big Stretch: Make Work Developmental for Better Results and Growth of People

Many managers take a short term and myopic approach to managing employees—after all, the pressure for immediate results is overwhelming.  Many managers pose the either or question, “Do you want me to get results or develop people?”  Not so for the exceptional development managers we researched . These managers escape what Jim Collins called the […]

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Managers, Learn a Lesson from a Dog’s Hire

Lucky Ranger—Hired on the Spot Ranger, a two year old bloodhound was laid off this summer from the Polk County sheriff’s office due to budget cuts.  Did he have a “ruff” time getting a job? No way.  In no time at all he found a new job with the Bend Police Department despite lacking some […]

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Behind the Executive Door — The Psychological Factor Looms Large

Why We Looked Behind the Door — One of the two foundational practices of exceptional development managers is “tap the psychological side of development.” We know that talking about anything psychological is bound to make many managers uncomfortable; they feel unprepared to use this in conversations with their employees. Yet it matters in ways that […]

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Can We Talk? The Art of On-the-Fly Feedback

One of the ideas we really liked from “Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go”, launched last month, was the “un meeting.” We agree with Bev Kaye and Julie Winkle Giulioni, (book authors and our colleagues) that simpler, unscheduled conversations offer a great place to do planning of both career growth as well as development. […]

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Still Searching for a Performance Management Fix? Find One at Last

The Challenge Are you once again facing the need to fix performance management because it is not delivering the value you want it to?  Join the crowd.  Many progressive companies are rethinking their systems to make them more developmental, simpler and more a part of day-to-day management.   At a recent panel on performance management hosted […]

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Do Tandem Performance and Development

Kevin Oakes, CEO of [i4cp] describes performance management as one of the key human capital practices that his company’s research proves is linked to  bottom line success indicators. After his presentation to the Pacific NW HRPS affiliate in Portland, OR, Kevin responded to a question about the future of performance management. He predicted in the […]

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Sharing Lessons Learned.

With 30 years of intense learning from experience, media, books, professional associations, colleagues and clients I have developed discriminating opinions on what really works to improve business performance. My blogs will share my perspectives on what’s tried and true that works, what’s not true and what’s emerging that is of value.

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