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As learning and talent leaders, we fight daily for truth, justice and the company way. We strive to make a difference in the lives of employees, relying on our good intentions and abilities. Yet, the dark forces of ignorance and chaos are growing stronger and often we find ourselves falling short in our mission to serve – as well as our own career aspirations.   Perhaps it is time to step back and acquire new super hero powers.   For...

An invitation to advise a graduate program's curriculum committee  caused me to reflect on what really triggers promising talent to realize remarkable leadership abilities.  Over 30 years in the field has taught me that development isn't just one class, mentor or even assignment, but rather a progression of critical elements that make a difference.  Link. ...

The 'Expansion Plan' column is a career advice piece to accompany the earlier 'Table Manners' post.  'Expansion' describes a recent encounter I had with a newly named HR leader who needed to go beyond his own abilities to now creating a true professional network of knowledge and support.  Link....

John Gardner's wonderful quote about philosophy and plumbing serves as an inspiration for this column about the lofty promise and stark realities of talent management.  The notion of both quality plumbing (the daily task of talent work) and quality philosophy (the theory of talent  excellence) needing to 'hold water' rings true.  In reflecting on doing the daily work with excellence, I offer a 'code of conduct' for the practitioner.  Link....

A New Year brings a fresh start.  The latest article in the Talent Management section, New Year New You, provides a five week fitness program approach to toning and strengthening the work of building great leaders and performers.  Link....

With the publication of New Face in the Huddle, I’ve now written three  columns on the dynamics of new leader start-up transitions.  First, from the view of the individual leader, what I’ve seen work best early in a new role. Second, what organizations should do to increase the odds of success for a new leader.  Third, the right moves for a high performing team assimilating a new team member.  These three pieces, along with an earlier column...