Author: Larry Sternberg (Larry Sternberg)

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From the Vault: Have You Re-discovered The Peter Principle?

Adam Vaccaro posted an excellent article on the Inc. Website entitled, “High Performance Is Not the Same as High Potential.” Click here to read it. This distinction was the topic of a wonderful book written by Laurence Peter and Raymond Hull in 1969 entitled, “The Peter Principle: Why Things Always Go Wrong.” Peter observed that companies...

From the Vault: Will talent management practices create morale issues for employees who are not identified as talented?
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From the Vault: Will talent management practices create morale issues for employees who are not identified as talented?

This very intriguing question was posted by ANOOPA NARAYANAN, PhD scholar at Cochin University of Science and Technology. I think the answer is, “Yes.” Some talent management practices will create morale issues for some employees. My question is: What should we do about it? As usual, I don’t believe I have THE answer, but here...

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From the Vault: Will Your Next Hire Improve Your Team?

Every time someone leaves you’re presented with the opportunity to select someone who has the potential to improve your team’s capacity to excel. Of course you’re looking for an individual whose credentials, experience and past accomplishments indicate the potential for excellence. But what about the question of fit? .

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From the Vault: Do You Individualize Your Coaching Practices?

Many leaders used to do the job of the people they’re coaching. And those leaders often were very successful in that job, and they’ve developed the belief that they know THE way to achieve success. Many sales training programs are based on this sort of belief. The limitation of this belief is that trainer or...

Thinking Critically About Critical Thinking
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Thinking Critically About Critical Thinking

Proficiency in critical thinking is considered by many authorities to be a major goal of higher education. It’s often taken as an indicator of intelligence. And the practice of critical thinking is emphasized — for good reason — in numerous professions. This link takes you to definitions posted on the website The Critical Thinking Community....

How Do You Tell Someone They Didn’t Get The Job?
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How Do You Tell Someone They Didn’t Get The Job?

This question comes up repeatedly, especially with new managers and supervisors. Few people enjoy delivering bad news, so some people try to avoid the conversation altogether, and some go too far in their attempt to soften the blow. Either of these approaches can make the situation worse for the candidate and for your organization. You...

Make a Difference: If You Have Been Newly Promoted, Just Take Charge
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Make a Difference: If You Have Been Newly Promoted, Just Take Charge

Have you recently been promoted to your first job as a supervisor or manager? If so, congratulations! Yesterday you were one of the guys, and today you’re their boss. You have a new set of important responsibilities and your relationships with your friends and co-workers have changed. This promotion presents a major growth opportunity for...

Make a Difference: Meet Each Employee’s Individual Needs
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Make a Difference: Meet Each Employee’s Individual Needs

If you had to focus on ONE THING in 2018 to increase engagement, improve retention and build employee loyalty, this could be it! The secret is to evolve beyond a one-size-fits-all approach to motivating people. Every person is unique. Each person has a different set of needs, wants, likes, aspirations and goals. Some people place...

Make a Difference: Focus More on the 20%
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Make a Difference: Focus More on the 20%

Don’t send your pitchers to batting practice. Don’t send ducks to eagle school. Don’t try to teach penguins how to fly. Don’t try to teach a pig to sing. What do these all have in common? They’re all about taking the focus off of weaknesses.

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