The Importance of Leading with Questions

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The Importance of Leading with Questions

Posted on July 10th, by Martha Duesterhoft in on the job. 1 Comment

One key attribute that makes leaders successful is having a point of view. You are being paid to be a great thinker and make decisions. However, many make the faulty assumption that they have to come up with all the answers on their own and end up doing more talking than listening.

While I agree leaders do … Read More »


Manage by Modeling and Not by Announcements

Posted on July 10th, by Chris Edmonds in on the job. No Comments

I recently had a discovery call with a new client. I asked my contacts, directors in a medium-sized service business, about the issues they were facing and what outcomes they’d love from the proposed culture initiative.

We learned that changes in their market now require very different behaviors from company staff. The old ways of doing business will … Read More »


6 Signs You Are About to Be Fired

Posted on July 9th, by Rochelle Ceira in on the job. No Comments

Everyone dreads the boot that come flying out of nowhere. I’m not just talking about a flying shoe in the air. I’m talking about termination, pink slips, bye-bye letters, or whatever you want to call it. I hardly believe that anyone would be “pleased” when and if (God forbid) that happens. Layoffs are difficult to … Read More »


Your Interview: 10 Best Questions to Ask

Posted on July 9th, by Gavin Redelman in on the job. No Comments

In a job interview, the majority of the questions are directed at you. Interviews can seem very one-sided and intimidating at times. However at the end of each interview, most employers will leave some time to ask you if you have any questions for them. Some candidates get taken aback by this question or are … Read More »


Change Your Mind to Change Your Career

Posted on July 9th, by David Shindler in on the job. No Comments

Deciding to change career is a significant rite of passage. The process can be time-consuming, confusing, scary, frustrating, liberating, energizing and life changing. How do you go about it? What mindset helps?

One approach is the planned and systematic route. The mindset is one of reducing risk and uncertainty. It involves in-depth research of new areas, … Read More »


Your Guide to Cubicle Etiquette

Posted on July 9th, by Josh Weiss-Roessler in on the job. No Comments

Working in the cubicle farm of an office means that you are going to have to spend 40 hours a week (or more!) in close proximity with the same group of people, all of whom come from different backgrounds and who have different belief systems. By their very nature, cubicles just aren’t very private. If … Read More »


The Shale Boom and You

Posted on July 9th, by Brigham A. McCown in About the Public Sector. No Comments

The energy renaissance is a common label awarded to the nation’s recent increased productivity of shale oil and gas. The costs and benefits of this upturn pose numerous implications, which affect not only the energy industry, but consequently local government, economic development, and the labor market.

Let’s Talk Energy

The most obvious implications of the nation’s shale … Read More »


Tea, Tax and a Revolution

Posted on July 9th, by Gabe Gabrielsen in About the Public Sector. No Comments

We recently celebrated the 4th of July and I couldn’t help but think back to my years in local government where I learned Americans disliked paying taxes – any kind of taxes – Federal, State and Local – but especially local property taxes and that so many candidates who ran for local office proclaimed – … Read More »


Life as a State Social Work Contractor

Posted on July 9th, by H.E. James in About the Public Sector, Trends. No Comments

State agencies of every order use their power and budgets to contract others to do their work. These budgets shrink considerably when they are used for services like behavioral healthcare for children. In the case of adult services, the struggle as a state contractor is even greater.

Laura (name changed for privacy), a veteran social worker, … Read More »


Being Radical in a Leadership Role

Posted on July 9th, by Stan Skipworth in education/training. No Comments

Like many others, I have read and appreciated the insights of Steve Farber’s The Radical LEAP, and seen in many instances the various ways in which love, energy, audacity and power have been key ingredients in the advancing successes of our organizations.  And like many others, recent team successes in my own organization caused me to exercise a process I have … Read More »