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Do Expectations Set You Up to Fail?

“My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus.” — Stephen W. Hawking, English Physicist “Expectations were like fine pottery. The harder you held them, the more likely they were to crack.” — Brandon Sanderson, Author   Expectation Management: Key to Your Success Whether aware or not, …

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Overcome Diverse Talent Barriers: Serve as a Mentor or Sponsor

Harriet Tubman showed remarkable courage as a servant leader; she led more than three hundred fellow slaves to freedom after first escaping herself. Not content to simply enjoy her own freedom, she journeyed back into slave territory 19 times to guide friends, family and strangers to freedom. Servant leaders today, who follow Ms. Tubman’s stellar …

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Guide to Giving Better Feedback

Giving helpful feedback is challenging for new and experienced leaders alike. Few leaders (or people, for that matter) do it well. Yet, effective feedback is essential to develop and maintain high-performing employees and teams.  When giving feedback, it is especially important that we be aware of our biases. Do you deliver critical feedback to women …

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Demonstrate Leadership to Overcome the Impact of Social Distancing

According to Cigna’s 2020 Loneliness Index, there is a loneliness epidemic in America, with three in five adults (61%) reporting they are lonely (a 7% increase from 2018). During the Coronavirus pandemic, researchers expect greater social isolation and social distancing will have negative effects on employees, especially ones who already feel lonely or isolated.