Don’t Let Unfinished Business Ruin Your Work

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When the demands you face outpace the resources you have to address them, you’ll end up negotiating with yourself about which of your many fires you should put out, even as you painfully neglect the others. I call this set of imperfect choices the manager’s dilemma because it is truly a no-win situation, without an […]

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When Resources Shrink and Demands Grow, Managers Get Caught in the Middle

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Author Q&A from Recruiter.com Last week, author, leadership expert, and Recruiter.com contributor Dr. Jesse Sostrin published a piece on our site about “leaky” talent pools. According to Dr. Sostrin, a “deep bench of emerging leaders” means nothing if your company routinely places impossible demands on the shoulders of those leaders.  These impossible demands are part of what Dr. […]

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Understanding the Manager’s Dilemma

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The Manager’s Dilemma is a phenomenon that affects roughly 80% of all managers. It gets triggered when your demands and responsibilities increase, yet the resources you have available to meet them do not. The problem with this inverse equation is that when demands outpace capacity you end up negotiating with yourself about which fire of […]

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Avoid Constant Crisis Fatigue

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When the demands you face outpace the resources you have available to address them you end up negotiating with yourself about which fire of the day you will put out while others are painfully neglected. I call this set of imperfect choices the manager’s dilemma because it is truly a no-win situation without an obvious […]

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Introducing ‘The Manager’s Dilemma’

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My new book, THE MANAGER’S DILEMMA, explores the widening gap between the increasing demands we face and the shrinking resources we have available to meet them. However, it is not a time management book to deal with the avalanche of e-mails, meetings, and tasks dropped on your plate. Nor does it offer a packaged set […]

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Future-Proof Your Career in 2015

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My latest article in Entrepreneur just came out. Here is an excerpt and link below: “Everyone knows that the workplace is full of pitfalls and challenges. But when you let everyday issues go unresolved, you stop getting good work done, lose sight of the things that inspire you and can become disengaged. Facing too many […]

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5 Minutes to Discover Your “Job-within-the-Job”

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“Nav-Insight” YOUR WORKING LIFE is based on a myth. It began when you arrived for your first job interview. After you answered a few questions about your background and experience, the interviewer likely gave you a single job description that described the tasks and functions required by the role you would fill in the organization. […]

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Re-Make Patterns, Not People

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“Nav-Insight” The everyday experiences we have on the job are just a reflection of the ways we interact with others. Let’s call these our “habits of communication.” When our habits of communication reflect our values and aspirations, we usually feel pretty good about our exchanges with others. Over time, this alignment helps us enjoy the […]

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Using a “Commitment Device” for Professional Development

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Do you have the guilty feeling that you should be reading more books, networking with successful peers, or attending webinars and workshops to keep your professional focus tight…while the truth is that there is just no time or energy for it? You are not alone in the struggle with this immovable contradiction. When it comes […]

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