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  • A Thanksgiving Recipe for Leadership Success

    A Thanksgiving Recipe for Leadership Success

    Whether you want to make a great meal—or be a great leader—it’s helpful to have a recipe to follow, says leadership expert Randy Conley in this fun and timely post.

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  • Want to Give Your Work Mentee Life Advice? Ask Madeleine

    Want to Give Your Work Mentee Life Advice? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am an experienced executive. A few years ago, my company created a mentoring program. I have really enjoyed mentoring young new hires and have done several six-month stints. My...

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  • Gratitude in the Workplace

    Gratitude in the Workplace

    The holiday season is a great time to let your colleagues, direct reports, or boss know that you are grateful for them says Ken Blanchard.

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  • Taming the Fight-or-Flight Response in the Workplace

    Taming the Fight-or-Flight Response in the Workplace

    Leaders always have a choice. They can create an environment of psychological safety or risk triggering the fight-or-flight response.

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  • Direct Report Going Too Far with Unlimited PTO? Ask Madeleine

    Direct Report Going Too Far with Unlimited PTO? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I manage a team in a large company that recently went to an Unlimited PTO policy. I am glad, because tracking and trying to get people to take their PTO was a pain. So far, it has...

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  • DevLearn: We're Better Together!  Reflections from my favorite industry conference

    DevLearn: We're Better Together! Reflections from my favorite industry conference

    Learning design expert Ann Rollins shares key takeaways from DevLearn 2022

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  • Behind the Scenes: Courageous Inclusion

    Behind the Scenes: Courageous Inclusion

    We can create a more welcoming workplace one person at a time. Courageous Inclusion provides a blueprint for making this a reality.

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  • Struggling with a Matrix Environment? Ask Madeleine

    Struggling with a Matrix Environment? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I work in a company that has recently gone to a matrix environment. It is kind of a disaster because no one seems to know what that means. Trying to get anyone to make a decision...

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  • Recognizing Ageism: My DEI Story

    Recognizing Ageism: My DEI Story

    Blanchard thought leader Jeff Cole shares a surprising realization from participation in a Courageous Inclusion learning experience.

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  • HR/L&D Trend Survey Identifies Top Issues for 2023

    HR/L&D Trend Survey Identifies Top Issues for 2023

    HR and L&D professionals see the overall employee experience as the key to creating an engaging work environment in the 2023 results.

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  • Thoroughly Disillusioned with Your Job? Ask Madeleine

    Thoroughly Disillusioned with Your Job? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine I work at a large global company. I was recruited right out of college. I was homeschooled, went to college early, and completed my undergrad and masters in four years. I only...

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  • Two Roads Converged: My Journey to an Inclusive Workplace

    Two Roads Converged: My Journey to an Inclusive Workplace

    Being willing to examine our perspective to include a place where we are both challenged and empowered is a good starting point says April Hennessey.

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  • Don’t Feel You Should Have to Provide Direction to a Well-Paid Senior Executive? Ask Madeleine

    Don’t Feel You Should Have to Provide Direction to a Well-Paid Senior Executive? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am the CEO of a small but rapidly growing global employee relocation services organization. It is a complicated business. One of the complexities is that employment laws are...

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  • Becoming an Inclusive Leader

    Becoming an Inclusive Leader

    Leadership isn’t a one-size-fits-all endeavor. Take the time to know your people as individuals says best-selling author Ken Blanchard

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  • Leaders: Take Action During National Disability Employment Awareness Month

    Leaders: Take Action During National Disability Employment Awareness Month

    An equitable workplace benefits everyone. Invest the time to create a welcoming environment for people with disabilities—and watch the transformation happen says Doug Glener.

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  • Business Partner Struggling with Mental Health Issues? Ask Madeleine

    Business Partner Struggling with Mental Health Issues? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I have had a film/video production business with a cofounder and partner for about seven years. We have been friends since college. I am the business operations and sales guy; my...

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  • Takeaways from 2022 TechLearn

    Takeaways from 2022 TechLearn

    Learning technology expert Britney Cole shares takeaways from TechLearn, Training magazine’s annual conference showcasing training technologies to improve workplace performance.

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  • Confronting Workplace Ostracism

    Confronting Workplace Ostracism

    Being diligent in uncovering the causes of potential exclusion can help organizations stop behaviors and actions that fuel workplace ostracism says Dr. Nicole Johnson.

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  • First Job Is Off to a Rocky Start? Ask Madeleine

    First Job Is Off to a Rocky Start? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I recently graduated from college and started my first job. The job I was offered was the one I wanted, but on my first day I was moved to a different department and given a job...

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  • The Courage to Lead Inclusively: Self-Work, Homework, At Work

    The Courage to Lead Inclusively: Self-Work, Homework, At Work

    Growth can be challenging and often uncomfortable. Any person who has ever been a minority in a majority setting knows that out-of-place feeling all too well says April Hennessey.

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