Achieving Goals: What Gets In Your Way?

BY GERRIANN FAGAN, CAREER PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL – BIRMINGHAM You are clear about your goal. Crystal clear. You’ve got the vision, the tall order that will take you where no man, woman, department, or business has gone before. Your goal may not be audacious or sound that lofty, but it is your goal. Own it. Whether it is opening a new …

Assessing What Matters Most

BY ADENA JOHNSTON, CAREER PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL – PHILADELPHIA As an executive coach and organizational consultant, I am often confronted with the use of the term Assessments. When I was a corporate executive I used assessments to benchmark and scorecard my business, to hire the “right” talent, or to determine an individual’s “potential” for succession planning. As a consultant I use …

Stop Making Decisions….

BY SUNITHA NARAYANAN, CAREER PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL – CINCINNATI Bob Gilbreath is the Cofounder and President of Ahalogy, a Cincinnati digital startup. His article, To grow as a leader, stop making decisions, in the Cincinnati Enquirer caught my attention. Here is what he said that struck me: “Most successful leaders get there by minimizing the decisions they make.” How might this …

Help Employees Identify Career Opportunities

BY BARBARA BOWES, CAREER PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL – WINNIPEG What do you do when your organizational career ladder is no longer pointed upward? What can you do when you have downsized, right-sized, and restructured to such an extent that employees are confused about possible development opportunities? What can you do when employees tend to flee from your organization first and ask …

Are You Tapping into the Raw Talent Around You?

BY JOHN MADIGAN, CAREER PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL – HARTFORD There is a plethora of raw talent that many companies may not be utilizing. In a job market that is brimming with qualified, experienced workers, recent college grads with limited experience are finding job opportunities scarce in their chosen field of study. Has your organization considered bringing on an intern from this …

Why Listening Matters – At Work and At Home

BY LINDA TEFEND, CAREER PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL – CINCINNATI Recently, I had the privilege of hearing Colum McCann, author of “Let the Great World Spin” and “TransAtlantic”, speak at the Books for Lunch program, sponsored by The Seven Hills School in Cincinnati, OH. What was intended to be a simple outing with my colleagues became a surprising reminder of the power of …

Use of Social Media During a Time of Transition

BY KARA PALUMBO, CAREER PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL – ROCHESTER In today’s world, we are constantly inundated with social media blurbs, tweets, texts and the like without avoidance. It can be a hindrance around our ability to focus, and the amount of information thrown at us each and every minute of the day can be overwhelming. That being said, there are also …

A Better Approach to Succession

Katie O’Brien Network Manager Leadership and Human Resources Research https://www.conferenceboard.ca/ Now more than ever, HR Leaders, managers, and executives face the challenge of attracting the right talent to fill key positions. With many executives close to retirement, Canadian organizations are facing serious succession challenges. For every two senior executives, organizations have only one job-ready or near job-ready successor.1 Organizations that …

Leadership Development

Katie O’Brien Network Manager Leadership and Human Resources Research https://www.conferenceboard.ca/ At a time when many of the senior leaders in Canada are nearing retirement, the nature of leadership is changing and the need for leadership development has never been more important. The global business environment of recent years has been aptly characterized as “VUCA”—volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. Large-scale trends, …

Want to be a Better Leader? Run a Better Meeting

BY BRIAN CLAPP, CAREER PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL – PHILADELPHIA Running a meeting is an exercise in leadership. Whether leaders realize it or not, meeting management skills impact attendees’ perception of their strength as a leader. Meeting effectiveness has a direct impact on the productivity and job satisfaction of meeting attendees. By that measure, most leaders do not demonstrate impressive leadership skills. …