Evaluate Critical Thinking

Have you ever hired employees whose technical skills haven’t turned out to be all they were cracked up to be? I’m using the expression “technical skills” to describe the subject matter expertise that a person brings to the job.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s an attorney, a contractor, a sales professional, or an IT consultant. The bottom line is that it’s up to you to determine if your prospective employees really have the expertise that they claim they possess.

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Has Presenteeism Crept into Your Organization?

Several of my clients have key employees who come to work every day and produce at a sub-optimal level. Their firms are operating under competitive pressures and need everyone to do their best to get the job done. These particular employees have essentially stopped trying.

This is a form of presenteeism, a condition when people come to work but just go through the motions. This term originated from people coming to work when they’re sick (as opposed to staying home) and who don’t produce at the same level as employees who are well.

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Do Something. Make it Better.

To do their jobs well, leaders need to be self-starting and self-directed. Rarely do you have a playbook that guides you on what needs to be done and when. One of the many qualities that good leaders possess is the ability to step up, filter what’s going on, take action, and be accountable. How do you stack up?

As someone in the business of advising executives, I’m intrigued when I come across people in senior roles whose perceptions of what they should be doing are so clearly different from the realities of their organizations.

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No Regrets

Have you ever looked back at decisions you made and second guessed what you did? Of course you have. A wonderful client and friend inspired this topic recently. She has crystal clear clarity about living life with no regrets.

Although this philosophy typically arises in the context of personal decision-making, it has many constructive applications for leaders.

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