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Weaving a Psychological Safety Net – INSIGHT | Action Learning Group

A key element of emotional intelligence in Leadership is the ability to create a work environment that allows people to focus on their work… as opposed to protecting themselves. This means building a culture that fosters engagement and commitment as opposed to resentment and mere compliance. Harvard Business School Professor Amy Edmondson would call this a “Culture of Psychological Safety – An inclusive climate in which people are comfortable being themselves… where the work environment is safe

Five Ways to Become an Agile Learner – INSIGHT | Action Learning Group

Five Ways to Become an Agile Learner “Learning Agility is about knowing how to learn — knowing what to do when you don’t know what to do. It’s about learning from experience and applying it in new ways, adapting to new circumstances and opportunities.” – Center for Creative Today, learning happens at a lightning pace. Thanks to technology, scientific advancement, and evolution, humans are able to absorb, process, and apply information at an outstanding rate. While this transformation can posit

Own The Boardroom

At first glance, this might sound like I’m suggesting you dominate the space when meeting with peers, colleagues, teams, and board members. Not so. Rather, I’m suggesting owning your space. When it comes to your meeting presence, you need to own your confidence, clarity, and communication. Confidence isn’t arrogance. It’s bearing. It’s certainty of your abilities and sharing how these gifts will benefit others. When you walk into the boardroom, or any meeting as a leader, you should have one go

7 Tips on How to Plan Your Career Growth and Development

Welcome to one of the biggest career-changing climates in the history of employment. With the “Great Resignation” and the intensive search for the elusive qualified candidate, change is everywhere. But knowing opportunities abound doesn’t mean you’ve got your next career change in the bag. Employers are hungry, not desperate. That’s why career growth and development are fundamental to your success. You need to prove that whether your career change comes from an employment gap (your choice or o

6 Questions to Consider Before Hiring an Executive Coach

Coaching is defined as a supportive and productive process that helps you achieve your most important career goals. Imagine having someone to partner with who is equally vested in helping you succeed in all that you do. But before you go out and hire the next coach that sends their “promises” to your inbox, consider the following six questions: • Why Should I Hire a Coach? Change is never easy. Clarity, motivation, and accountability are

Are You Buying Into These 4 Employee Engagement Myths?

“Employee engagement is overrated.” This is one of the myths tied to the seemingly elusive connection between a happy workforce and a profitable organization. Many leaders don’t see engagement as a business priority, while others simply take it for granted. While the topic may occasionally surface during learning and development (L&D) and C-level meetings, typically little is done to measure and build employee engagement. In fact, with the challenges employers are facing today, it might even be the last thing on leaders’ minds. W

Offer-Generating Questions to Ask During the Interview

Offer-Generating Questions to Ask During the Interview Even the most seasoned professionals struggle when asked, “What questions do you have for us?” in an interview. Asking the interview panel questions that sounds intelligent, but not too self-serving, but still make a good impression are key. Even though it’s your job to “wow” them from the moment you pull in the parking lot until that final thank you note is received, you need to be “wowed” too. That’s way it’s important to plan in your q

How to Manage a Team Effectively as a New Manager

Whether you are new as a manager or entering a new role and inheriting a team, you want to strategize your plan for success. Learning how to manage a team effectively as a new manager isn’t about jumping in and hoping you get the same luck as before. This is a new group of people with new expectations and work styles. Therefore, you’ll need to adapt to flourish as a new manager. This isn’t difficult if you’re willing to do a little pre-planning before your first day.

Turning Your Inner Critic into Your Career Champion:Your Guide to Thoughtfully Managing Your Inner Voice and Releasing the Champion Within

If you're letting your inner critic dominate your thoughts, it will wreak havoc on your personal and professional life. But if managed correctly, this inner “voice” can ultimately drive positive change. Acknowledging why and where you get stuck and developing ways to initiate positive change will elevate your career confidence. In this book, you'll learn how to expose the inner critic’s fraudulent behavior and reframe this voice to boost confidence, motivation, and professional success.

The Gratitude Impact: How a simple “thank you” can change everything.

A simple "Thank You" can go a long way in making someone's day. It can also do a lot for your career and your personal well-being. Taking the time to appreciate one's efforts on your behalf requires no more than a genuine "thanks" but will solidify an authentic and mutually beneficial working relationships. It also has positive impacts on your health and wellness. It changes the way your brain manages stress and even offers an emotional high that can last much longer than a cup of coffee. Thoug

10 Things To Do When You're Angry At Yourself (For Your Mistakes)

When you make a mistake, you quickly forget all the wins and praise lauded on you over the years. Make one measly mistake and it’s all you can think about. And, unfortunately, you may carry it with you for a lifetime. This is normal, but not healthy. Mistakes happen, and the wise know that that’s how you learn. Stumble and fall, and get up again—it’s the cycle of human development from toddlerhood. Still, when you make mistakes, this experiential wisdom can fly out the door. Your first reaction

How To Identify Addictive Behaviors And Get Rid of Them

There are times when you need activities that bring your relaxation and allow for release. Exercise, writing, playing, creating, and reading are all examples of healthy behaviors that provide an escape—but only to a point. Some pursuits can quickly turn costly if the behavior causes harm or is used as a coping or escape mechanism or if it becomes an unhealthy obsession. If you find yourself engaged in costly addictive behaviors, then it’s time to create a positive change. Here are some tips on

The new trends in interviewing | CareerBuilder

Just like fashion, new trends are always emerging for interviewing platforms. Yet, making a career transition is tough enough without focusing valuable energy on pursuing the latest bells and whistles. Though some may not be your preferred style, there will always be a “new black” that recruiters are ready to try on during an interview. The idea is not to chase the trends but be cognizant, and capable, of successfully navigating the ones that come your way. Group Interviews Somewhere along yo

How To Make Mentoring Work For You

Developing a relationship with a mentor, and becoming a mentor, is a must for successful professional development and career happiness. A mentor provides you with an avenue of learning scripted specifically in answer to professional development needs. Not only will your mentor offer positive guidance for your career, but they’ll provide a safe haven for objectifying concerns and challenges. They’re also great resources for career enhancing connections and collaborations, championing of your prog

10 Actionable Tips To Make Tough Decisions in Life

You make decisions every day, from what you’ll eat for lunch to the route you’ll drive through on your way to work. But when you consider the phrase “tough decisions,” your mind probably wanders to bigger choices, like accepting a job offer, buying a home, or asking for a raise. Tough decisions in life can be even grander in scale including those related to health or caring for a loved one. Planning for a safe, healthy, and financially secure future may be your definition of tough decisions. Bu
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