Defining Success

Defining Success

"Originally published on Economic Times - The Times of India" http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/opinion/defining-success/articleshow/30816536.cms

If you're dependent on external markers to judge whether your career is successful, you will find them, but only in some realms and on certain dimensions of achievement. If you pay attention to only this limited set of success indicators, you are less likely to experience your career as successful.

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Make Your Career A Success By Your Own Measure

Make Your Career A Success By Your Own Measure

"Originally published on Harvard Business Review"
http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/02/make-your-career-a-success-by-your-own-measure/

As a manager, how can you cultivate a sense of career growth and development for your people, even when possibilities for promotion are limited or nonexistent? I posed this question to my human resource management students recently. (The context was that we’d just been considering some evidence that “Gen Y” employees are likely to head for the doors if they don’t see short-term prospects for career advancement.)

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If You’re Not Helping People Develop, You’re Not Management Material

If You’re Not Helping People Develop, You’re Not Management Material

"Originally published on Harvard Business Review"
http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/01/if-youre-not-helping-people-develop-youre-not-management-material/

Skilled managers have never been more critical to the success of firms than they are today.  Not because employees can’t function without direction, but because managers play a vital role in talent management. Gone are the comprehensive career management systems and expectations of long-term employment that once functioned as the glue in the employer-employee contract.  In their place, the manager-employee dyad is the new building block of learning and development in firms.

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Coaching Is Key To Engaging Generation Y

Coaching Is Key To Engaging Generation Y

"Originally published on HR Review"
http://www.hrreview.co.uk/analysis/analysis-training-development/coaching-is-key-to-engaging-generation-y/50001#

Are you struggling to understand, motivate, engage and retain your Generation Y employees? Given the amount of attention being paid to the under-30 members of the work force and the persistent hand-wringing over their supposedly unique needs, qualities and expectations, it is taken for granted that HR and line managers alike need a different set of tools and techniques to manage Millennial employees.

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An Old-Boys’ MBA Is Not High-Value Management Education

An Old-Boys’ MBA Is Not High-Value Management Education

"Originally published on Harvard Business Review"
http://blogs.hbr.org/2013/09/an-old-boys-mba-is-not-high-value-management-education/

How much value does your MBA provide? The value of your management education derives partly from the skills it helps you develop and partly from the school’s reputation. High-value management education prepares leaders to navigate the most complex challenges organizations face. It forces you to question your assumptions and habitual ways of acting, boosts your self-awareness, and increases your capacity to lead in a way that elevates your organization and the people who work within it above its field of competitors.

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