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Deborah Holstein
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A Leader's Role on a Dysfunctional Team
We’re all familiar with what Tolstoy’s posited in Anna Karenina, that “happy families are all alike and every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” And while the particulars of what makes each family unhappy are different, the source of the dysfunction...

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A Leader's Role on in a Dysfunctional Team
We’re all familiar with what Tolstoy’s posited in Anna Karenina, that “happy families are all alike and every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” And while the particulars of what makes each family unhappy are different, the source of the dysfunction...

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Leaders Must Learn To Recognize Team Aptitude
We all recognize that success in today’s business environment requires every professional to demonstrate a high EQ . The increasing complexity of the business challenges faced means, as leaders, we are constantly forming and evolving new and different teams...

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CMO's - Are You Part of the Problem?
Stuart Spencer recently released their 2016 CMO Summit Survey  --  a survey of more than 150 marketing leaders across industries to learn what skills they prioritize, how they are developing talent and what they are doing to build their own careers. The ski...

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Customer Journey Maps - Are You Using Them Correctly?
Customer Journey Maps are often vilified as a marketing buzzword that organizations love to hate. I understand where the sentiment comes from, I truly do. Too many of us have been held hostage by bad ones where a too expensive, overly-complex, multi-month m...

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How Would You Do It Differently?
A recent article, 4 Traits of Exceptional Leaders , references Gallup research showing that just 10% of people have the talent to be good leaders and 82% of the time organizations put the wrong person in a leadership job.  Those are not good odds. If you’re...

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3 Leadership Nuggets for Self Aware Leaders
I’ve felt inspired by some recent thought-provoking HBR blog posts on leadership. So, I thought I would quickly share a few of the “nuggets” I’ve collected as they may be interest to other self-aware leaders who are looking to continually improve. Age and G...

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Empathy in the Workplace - What Does it Look Like?
Over the years there's been a lot written about the need for leaders to have a high EQ  or emotional intelligence quotient . Harvard Business Review’s, “ What Makes a Leader ” outlines the 5 components of EQ at work as self-awareness, self-regulation, motiv...

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Becoming strategic
When I talk with young professionals early in their careers, I regularly hear a frustration along the lines of “I don’t want to just execute anymore, I want to be strategic”.  When I mentor , I meet more than a few talented, intelligent people who are passe...

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Why I Choose to Mentor
For longer than I care to admit sometimes (20+ years), I have been working full time. I was lucky and I was given the opportunity to manage teams early on in my career. And this early start to management allowed me to gain needed experience and build a prof...
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