Are You “Career Smart”?

A recent coaching client described his devastation when his boss advised him that “his services were no longer required”. To all appearances, he was on a trajectory to success. He had an engineering degree coupled with an MBA and five years of progressively more senior roles in a fast growing industry. As “Michael” listened to …

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Making Training Stick

Our clients often ask if CORE’s workshops are offered in a modular format; for example, two hours every two weeks. Cited is the need to minimize time away from the job. The answer is “Yes.” The dilemma? Ensuring that learners learn and your organization maximizes its ROI. Over the years we’ve learned a number of …

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Are You a Perfectionist? Change that Habit!

It used to be that when job applicants were asked to name 3 strengths, the response “I’m a perfectionist” was seen as desirable. Not anymore. Because in this frenzied world where managing complexity is the norm, perfectionists often: Slow down completion of assignments Set unrealistic goals Have difficulty delegating Berate themselves or others when they …

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Having Difficult Conversations: 5 Tips

Do you dread difficult business conversations? Does anxiety prevent you from giving constructive feedback, challenging a colleague, communicating bad news or telling someone “no”? You’re not alone. It’s easy to avoid important discussions when you’re worried about navigating emotions and making matters worse. There’s no need to delay those necessary talks – handling difficult conversations is …

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Prepping for Performance Reviews – 7 Derailers

What’s your experience with performance reviews? Positive and constructive? Or frustrating and stressful? In our 20+ years of performance management consulting, we’ve learned that whether you’re the appraiser or appraisee, there are seven derailers that you need to avoid: Assessments based on assumptions and generalizations, not fact No input from the appraisee Focusing on only …

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Fatal Flaws of Leaders

What are the most common weaknesses of leaders? How do you compare? A recent survey of 545 senior managers in three different organizations by the firm Zenger Folkman reveals some fascinating insights: The data reveals that the most prevalent “fatal flaws” of these leaders are: developing and motivating others, building relationships and teamwork. Ironically as …

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5 Reasons to have 360° Reviews

Our recent survey of HR professionals reveals that persuading leaders to implement 360° evaluations can be challenging.  Why the pushback? Leaders cite negative repercussions for respondents, defensiveness/anger about feedback and time involved. All of these can be addressed effectively in how the survey is designed, communicated and administered. If your role involves building the case for …

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