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Entrepreneurs Reframe Failure as Intentional Iteration - Forbes

Entrepreneurs Reframe Failure as Intentional Iteration - Forbes | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Failure.  It’s a harsh word.  No one enjoys failure.  No one ever really says, “Hey, I really want to fail today so I can learn.”  Yet failure is an inevitable part of human existence and it plays a central...

Via Beth Kanter, Anne-Laure Delpech
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Intelligent failure - a great quality to develop...

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Beth Kanter's curator insight, January 30, 2013 4:50 PM

Good definition of failure


Failure in the entrepreneurial vernacular is reframed as intentional iteration and experimentation.  It’s not failure in the catastrophic sense.  Failure is simply a portfolio of setbacks, false starts, wrong turns, and mistakes that are expected and tolerated because the entrepreneur purposefully iterates in order to gather new, relevant, and timely information.  Through iteration entrepreneurs seek not to kill an idea but to make it better, and this happens through an anticipated cycle of pivoting and adapting.


Don't use the F word, simply pressing and unimportant.


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21st Century Secrets Of Leadership Gravitas

21st Century Secrets Of Leadership Gravitas | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
There are now two rooms in the 21st century. How does a leader own the room when the room is virtual and the audience can be global?
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It is about alignment between establishing credibility, knowingly being yourself, understanding the audience and performing ‘in the zone’ when face-to-face. - David Shindler

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How Do You Really Feel About Feedback?

How Do You Really Feel About Feedback? | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

We needn't debate the power of feedback. But, regardless of the possibilities to enhance work and career, its benefits are not always realized. One reason? Individual differences. Some of us are simply more open to feedback — others — not quite as much. I've worked with clients that were completely open to feedback and absorbed the content effortlessly — while others experienced great difficulty processing its content and applying it effectively to their wprk lives.

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What's your feedback orientation - is it getting you what you want? New research shared by Dr Maria Gottschalk.

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The Psychology of Language: Which Words Matter the Most When We Talk

The Psychology of Language: Which Words Matter the Most When We Talk | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
What are the most persuasive words in English? Recent research points to "Free", "Because", "You", "Instantly" and "New". And this is why.
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Great research based advice here.

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Katherine Bryant's curator insight, Today, 4:38 AM

Fascinating research into some of the most common language patterns we use and how to adapt them for best effect.

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One CEOs Advice About Trust | LinkedIn

One CEOs Advice About Trust | LinkedIn | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Last week Jack Haren, the President and CFO of Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc. delivered a short speech at the CFO of the Year Luncheon in Troy, NY. Mohawk is North America’s largest privately owned (4th generation) manufacturer of fine papers, envelopes and specialty substrates for commercial and digital printing. Jack chose the subject of trust and was kind enough to allow me to reprint his speech.
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"Followers who tell the truth, and leaders who listen to it, are an unbeatable combination" – Warren Bennis, via @BarbaraKimmel

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Horses helped to teach me the nature of leadership.

Horses helped to teach me the nature of leadership. | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

In the ‘horse world’ many of us have believed for years that a herd is, usually, led by a 'lead mare', and that in order to move the herd the 'lead mare' needs to move (there is a role for the alpha male to protect and herd the mares too, that’s a different story). Similar to the story of the alpha wolf, this idea of a dominant leader seemed to match quite well with many of our actual leadership practices in organisations.


Recent research, however, indicates that the ‘lead mare’ as such probably doesn’t exist and that in fact there is some form of distributed leadership in a herd. Often it will be the older, more senior horses who initiate a move and will be followed, and any horse over one year old can and will get the herd to move from time to time. Leadership seems to be more a process than a role in a horse herd too and our concept of the ‘lead mare’ is likely to have been more based on what we wanted to see than on what was there to see. Our theory of leadership in the end preceded the example and saw it to be as we believed it to be.


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Horses teach us that the leadership process is a blend of leading and following.  Interesting observations from Sytske Casimir.

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Leadership Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone

Leadership Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Here Lolly Daskal provides some inspiring examples of how leaders can and should move outside of their comfort zones in order to be effective. 


The risk of staying in your comfort zone she argues is that your organization diminishes because you did not have the courage to make changes, take risks and speak out.


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Matthew Farmer's curator insight, October 22, 1:23 AM

There are those that thrive on being out of their comfort zone and those that don't like to move anywhere outside of it.  Personally I think that you need to be in both places at different times.  Sometimes people need to consolidate who they are and where they are, gaining confidence from a feeling of growing competence gathered from being fairly within one's zone of comfort. 


However it can be too easy to get stuck there, and where learning is concerned, there is undoubtedly rich potential when we sail out into new and unfamiliar waters - provided that is that we take time to reflect!

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3 TED Talks That Uncover the Secrets of Storytelling | Convince and Convert: Social Media Strategy and Content Marketing Strategy

3 TED Talks That Uncover the Secrets of Storytelling | Convince and Convert: Social Media Strategy and Content Marketing Strategy | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Great stories inspire. They invoke wonder and provoke engagement. They spark the connection that lights the fire of passion. These three TED talks show you exactly what that means and how you can apply it to your own brand storytelling.


Via Norval Oswald, Jose Luis Anzizar
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We all need meaning and context It's hard to make meaning as a leader without telling stories. Some great perspectives here on how to do that.

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Norval Oswald's curator insight, July 27, 11:17 PM
Nice article on Story telling - Great stories inspire. They invoke wonder and provoke engagement. They spark the connection that lights the fire of passion.
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The School Principal as Leader: Guiding Schools to Better Teaching and Learning

The School Principal as Leader: Guiding Schools to Better Teaching and Learning | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

This Wallace Perspective summarizes a decade of foundation research and work in school leadership to identify what it is that effective school principals do. It concludes that they carry out five key actions particularly well, including shaping a vision of academic success for all students and cultivating leadership in others. The Perspective is an expanded edition of a report originally published in 2012.

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There are few institutions where leadership has more long term influence than schools. 

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5 Leadership Lessons For Mentoring Employees

5 Leadership Lessons For Mentoring Employees | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Here are five ways to go a little further and cultivate employees who will eventually work autonomously and remain loyal to your company.
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Mentoring works - for both parties!
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5 Personal Leadership Lessons from Benjamin Franklin

5 Personal Leadership Lessons from Benjamin Franklin | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Benjamin Franklin was a man who got things done. He was an outstanding example of how leading yourself first helps you contribute to the lives of others.


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donhornsby's curator insight, October 20, 9:32 AM

(From the article): A leader’s daily struggle is to remain focused on our most important things. The challenge is just how do you stay focused on what’s important? Like many of us Benjamin Franklin found it difficult to stay focused. Especially when we’re bombarded every day with an overwhelming number of distracting tasks, external pressures and conflicting priorities.

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Former Zappos Culture Guru Gives 3 Tips to CEOs

Zappos Insights co-founder and culture strategist Robert Richman gives 3 tips to leaders for "CEO 1-2-3."


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"Ask for help when you're on the way up. When you're on the way down, it's too late." ~ Robert Richman

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John Michel's curator insight, October 20, 10:10 AM

When culture breaks down it's always because of one of these four reasons--unclear goals, no clear rules (or some don't have to play by the rules while others do), no clear feedback mechanisms, or people are getting forced to do things they really don't want to do.

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9 Different Definitions On The Meaning Of Work-Life Balance

9 Different Definitions On The Meaning Of Work-Life Balance | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Ever since technology enabled us to work around the clock if we choose to, separating work and personal life has become tough for the best of us.

If we all have 24 hours in a day to spend and we’re all putting in extra hours to build a better product, company, or brand, then how do we come up with another set of “extra” hours to “balance” our life?

The concept of balancing your work and life seems simple, but what makes “can we have it all?” so hard to answer is that work-life balance means something different to everyone. Below, nine business leaders share how they achieve their version of work-life balance.
Know What Feeds Your Energy

Jacki Zehner, CEO of Women Moving Millions

When Zehner, the first female trader to be invited into partnership at Goldman Sachs, left the firm in 2002, she thought work-life balance would get better. So far, it’s gotten worse considering the numerous boards and committee chairs she sits on. If she isn’t tending to her work responsibilities, Zehner is busy connecting people. Her biggest challenge: She doesn’t know when to “turn off” work.

Via Alexander Crépin
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We should all reflect on this and monitor our conclusions and plans.

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Oliver Durrer's curator insight, October 20, 10:28 AM

Today "work-life-balance" is an often used buzz word. However, what does it mean? How to achieve and maintain it? Interesting perspectives from entrepreneurs.  

Ellen Naylor's curator insight, October 21, 3:43 PM

Many take time out to have fun, get away from technology and meditate. 

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(Beware of) The 7 Deadly Leadership Sins - Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie

(Beware of) The 7 Deadly Leadership Sins - Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
They are the 7 deadly leadership sins. Commit one and lose a key element of your team dynamic. If you succumb to all, the team completely falls apart.
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10 BEST QUESTIONS EVER

10 BEST QUESTIONS EVER | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Guest Post by Dan Rockwell If you’re interested in building relationships, start asking questions.  If you’re interested in enhancing your opportunities and reaching higher, start asking questions....
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What are your best questions?


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Three Necessary Conditions for Changing Someone’s Mind

Three Necessary Conditions for Changing Someone’s Mind | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

To engage in a mind-changing conversation with someone, first assess their levels of Willingness, Desire, and Courage.

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(From the article): Mind-changing conversations are like a hero’s journey.  You are taking someone on an adventure of self-exploration where he may need to battle mental habits. The battle takes courage. You need to create a sense of safety before going into the conversation, and then maintain safety throughout the conversation even when you challenge his assumptions and fears. 


There will be times when he will refuse to accept the challenge; you can’t make people feel courageous. If, however, he trusts your intention is linked to his desire, you should be able to help him move forward when the demons arise. Helping someone muster the courage to say, “Yes!” when he feels awkward, afraid, or unhappy is one of the greatest gifts you can give.

 
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Why You Should Not Facilitate Your Annual Meeting?

Why You Should Not Facilitate Your Annual Meeting? | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Leaders - as the facilitator for annual planning you diminish your team's contribution and commitment. Here's how to increase buy-in and commitment.

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Don't facilitate and lead at the same time, they are both 100% jobs!

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The Secret To Success In An Interim Leadership Role

The Secret To Success In An Interim Leadership Role | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Woe unto the interim leader. Must be strategic. But may not be the one who sees the strategy through. Must build the organization. But may be building it for someone else. Must manage the operations. But the implementation of unpopular edicts can be delayed until the permanent leader shows up. As an interim leader, expect to deal with open hostility and passive aggressive behavior on a regular basis. The secret to success is to engage fully with the work itself while eschewing the perks of the job. Maximize the impact. Minimize the damage.

Let’s back up. First, try to get clarity on whether interim means “holding the fort until we find the right person, which absolutely will not be you,” “on probation with a good chance of becoming permanent,” or “doing the job as a developmental opportunity on the way to something else.” In either case, engaging fully with the work itself while eschewing the perks of the job implies focusing your efforts on the least prestigious, highest impact tasks and leaving the glory to others.
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The  success of interim leadership starts with role clarity.

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Leadership is More Than Skin Deep -

Leadership is More Than Skin Deep - | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Some people understand leadership to be like an article of clothing. They believe they can put leadership on or take it off as they need it. Some of us see a quality or skill in a window and decide to add it to our leadership ensemble. They may add a scarf or shoes to their leadership wardrobe …

Via Anne Leong, Dean J. Fusto, Ivon Prefontaine
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 21, 9:57 PM

I am reading Arne Naess' work on deep ecology. Most of what we do is superficial. It takes hard work to go deep.

 

@ivon_ehd1

Becky Willmoth's curator insight, October 22, 7:27 AM

Individuals who truly know themselves develop a frame for their values, strengths, passion and vision. This knowledge enables them to lead with authenticity and integrity, creating a connection with and commitment from those around them. Leaders that lack this self awareness are more like to behave inconsistently, eroding trust and undermining their leadership effectiveness.

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The Four Rs of High-Stakes Decision Making

Sometimes the most obvious questions are the most crucial.

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Don Dea's curator insight, October 22, 1:43 AM

• Regret: What will you regret if you fail to act and are wrong? The more serious the potential regret, the sooner you should make your decision.

• Repeal: How difficult will it be to reverse course? The easier a decision is to repeal, the sooner you can make it.

• Repercussions: Who and what else will be affected by your decision? The broader the impact, the more carefully you should consider the decision. Be sure to account for less obvious stakeholders in order to minimize unintended consequences.

Oliver Durrer's curator insight, October 22, 5:43 AM

Decision making is a key "make or break it" component to entrepreneurship. Here's a good systematical approach to effective high-stakes decision making. The more you systematize your decision making, the more efficient and effective it will become. No need to reinvent the process.

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5 Methods for Social Leadership: Try Reverse Mentoring

5 Methods for Social Leadership: Try Reverse Mentoring | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
You might be wondering: How do you build real trust in a workplace that is both social and multi-generational? Reverse mentoring is one way to do it while creating space to build enduring relationships that transcend age and pay grade.
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In praise of reverse mentoring, one of a mix of learning mechanisms that the best organisations deploy.

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On Authentic Leadership – Three Foundational Elements for Knowing Yourself

On Authentic Leadership – Three Foundational Elements for Knowing Yourself | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Authentic leadership is a grand, worthy, and potentially overwhelming goal for any leader to attain. Based on more than 16 years as a leadership coach and consultant, I’m convinced that authentic leaders are the best leaders in any industry sector. For growing leaders, the goal of being an authentic leader is both energizing and inspiring. Yet all too often our human nature and the battle against our doubts and fears make it seem an almost impossible goal to attain.
Over the next set of articles, let’s explore the foundational elements of leadership authenticity. The first and most important element is to know yourself, and this idea encompasses three major points.
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"Clarity of purpose sharpens focus, lifts confidence, and promotes fulfillment. Unfortunately, many people are not living on purpose." ~ Lee Ellis

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Leading with the Heart— and a Dash of Emotional Intelligence

Leading with the Heart— and a Dash of Emotional Intelligence | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

..."Manage your own behavior first. Many managers try to control others’ behavior by being coercive, manipulative or demanding. Control your impulses, take responsibility for your actions, and be adaptable. If you aren’t a responsible leader, don’t expect employees to shoulder the responsibility for making your business a success."


Via AlGonzalezinfo, Barry Deutsch, Amy Melendez, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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You can't make authentic heart-to-heart contact without being in touch with your own!

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Barry Deutsch's curator insight, January 7, 2013 2:23 PM

Why do most managers and executives have trouble "coaching" their teams to higher levels of peformance? Why is it that so few companies spend NOTHING on training managers and executives how to coach, inspire, delegate, assign, and give feedback?


Everyone pays lipservice to the idea of leading/managing teams, but so few companies put their resources behind the concept of being a great place to work because of the quality of the leadership/management.


We seem to have taken the "heart" out of leading/managing and it's become a very sterile environment that just doesn't work. Trust comes from the heart, and if you're not leading, managing, coaching from that perspective, your team will NEVER trust you!


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Leadership Blog for CEOs and Senior Executives in the Vistage and TEC Community

 

http://www.impacthiringsolutions.com/vistageleadershipcommunity

 

If your passion is focused on being the best leader possible, join us in our LinkedIn Discussion Group for leadership topics ranging from hiring and retaining top talent to outstanding sales management

 

http://www.linkedin.com/groups/IMPACT-Hiring-Solutions-Leadership-Management-1925834/about

 

Martin o'neon's curator insight, January 8, 2013 10:06 AM

Why do most managers and executives have trouble "coaching" their teams to higher levels of peformance? Why is it that so few companies spend NOTHING on training managers and executives how to coach, inspire, delegate, assign, and give feedback?

 

Everyone pays lipservice to the idea of leading/managing teams, but so few companies put their resources behind the concept of being a great place to work because of the quality of the leadership/management.

 

We seem to have taken the "heart" out of leading/managing and it's become a very sterile environment that just doesn't work. Trust comes from the heart, and if you're not leading, managing, coaching from that perspective, your team will NEVER trust you!

 

Barry Deutsch

 

Leadership Blog for CEOs and Senior Executives in the Vistage and TEC Community

 

http://www.impacthiringsolutions.com/vistageleadershipcommunity

 

If your passion is focused on being the best leader possible, join us in our LinkedIn Discussion Group for leadership topics ranging from hiring and retaining top talent to outstanding sales management

 

http://www.linkedin.com/groups/IMPACT-Hiring-Solutions-Leadership-Management-1925834/about

 

AnnC's curator insight, October 21, 10:13 PM

Lead with love.

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The Joys of Culture-Switching

The Joys of Culture-Switching | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
"Give yourself permission to culture-switch and discover more of who you
already are." ( Click to Tweet)

Most of us yearn to travel.

We love the encounter with the foreign, with everything that is different.

We love it and we fear it.

We state that we wish to taste authentic local cuisine and yet we are
thrilled the moment we find a Starbucks. 

We say we long to fully experience another culture and yet we check
ourselves into the nearest Marriott.

I celebrate these paradoxes.

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Nice invocation from @AchimNowak to experiment with flexing our style to better meet others' needs/expectations.

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5 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Relationship With Your Boss (And Your Next Boss)

5 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Relationship With Your Boss (And Your Next Boss) | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

“The most important driver of employee engagement is the relationship they have with their immediate manager,” says Piera Palazzolo, Senior Vice President of Dale Carnegie Training. She says the most successful relationships are those where bosses and employees really get to know one another.

 

“That’s different from years ago, when you were supposed to ask any personal questions. Those lines are blurred now, people want you to care about them, particularly if there’s something going on in their lives that might affect their performance.”

 

1) Find out exactly what your boss wants, and understand the pressure they’re working under.


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor, Jose Luis Anzizar
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Relationship matters - and relationships do matter!

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, October 19, 7:29 PM

As offices across the country close out a week marked by celebrations of "Boss's Day," now is a great time to consider your relationship with your current boss--could it be improved, or maximized in some way?

donhornsby's curator insight, October 20, 8:00 AM

“A great boss changes your career. Carefully consider your boss and be prepared to take an ‘innovator’ role yourself–it’s not just up to them to reveal themselves it’s up to you to ask the questions.”

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Failure to create powerful employee value propositions could limit growth in financial services

Failure to create powerful employee value propositions could limit growth in financial services | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
new research from TheJobPost warns that unless organisations reassess their employee value proposition future growth will be severely impacted. At its recent Talent Leaders Connect event, th
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