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How to Write Effective, Meaningful Performance Evaluations

Performance Evaluation for employees

Performance evaluations are one of the most dreaded practices in organizations. Employees fear them because they don’t know what to expect, and managers often avoid them because they often feel ill-prepared. Evaluations take time, effort, and planning, and many managers feel they don’t have the time.  When the performance evaluation process is done correctly, it can be meaningful and effective. Employees need consistent and ongoing feedback to work at their peak potential.   An important part…

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6 Strategies to Deliver Impactful Presentations

Earlier in my career, my vice president asked me to prepare and deliver a presentation to our Board of Directors on a project we were leading. I had very little experience speaking in front of people, and I was terrified.  I remember filling each PowerPoint slide with information, ready to “wow” my audience with detailed data and LOTS of bullet points. My face flushed and my voice was shaky as I delivered my presentation and…

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Everyone Has a Story

Everyone Has a Story

The past six weeks been challenging for my family. My nine-year-old son has been sick since early August, and we have been visiting several doctors. He has had several medical procedures to determine what is causing his symptoms. After several weeks of anxiety and uncertainty, he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, an autoimmune disorder. Witnessing his pain and struggle has been very hard, and my compassion for those who have children with even more serious…

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How to Ask Your Manager for Feedback

How to Ask Your Manager for Feedback

In a recent leadership program session, I was sharing strategies and tools for providing feedback to employees when one of the participants asked me a common question: How do I ask my manager for feedback? This leader said her vice president rarely gives feedback on her performance, and she is often left wondering how she is doing. This is not surprising, since one of the top reasons employees leave organizations is not getting meaningful feedback…

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How to Turn Your Inner Critic into Your Inner Coach

How to Turn Your Inner Critic into Your Inner Coach

The first presentation I ever gave in my career was as the assistant director of human resources, and my vice president asked me to prepare a presentation for the Board of Directors. I had very little experience presenting—especially to ten successful board members who had decades more work experience than me. The week leading up to the meeting, I felt sick and anxious every day. During the presentation, I could feel my face get flushed…

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How to Manage a High Performing Employee

How to Manage a High Performing Employee

During my tenure as a vice president of human resources for a credit union in Maryland, I worked with two human resources generalists on my team. Both were good at their jobs; they each had completed training and certifications in HR. Yet one was exceptional—she had a few more years of experience than the other employee and had gained knowledge and confidence through everyday practice. She was a self-starter who I could give any project…

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How Too Many Choices is Ruining Your Productivity

You’d think having a lot of choices would be the optimal situation. Living in the Washington, DC area, there are hundreds of restaurants to choose from. For a recent date night out, my husband and I struggled to narrow down all the options in our area to settle on one. After several days of scrolling through the choices, we finally decided to just go to a restaurant we usually go to. While having so many…

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Your 2022 Leadership Checklist

2022 Leadership Checklist

Many of us look forward to a fresh start at the beginning of a new year. The past two years have been chaotic, stressful, and challenging for most of us, and leaders in organizations have not only had to manage employees, but manage the myriad changes caused by the pandemic. Perhaps the past two years you have felt more reactive than proactive as a leader. Now is a great time to recalibrate and focus on…

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How to Cope with Languishing

How to Cope with Languishing

Several months ago, I told my husband that I felt like I was in a funk. I couldn’t explain why—I love my business, I enjoy working with my clients, and I have so much to be thankful for. My three kids are healthy, I’m in the process of writing a book, and we had just returned from a great family vacation in Tennessee. Yet I couldn’t shake this feeling of blah—my usual motivation, action, and…

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How to Demonstrate Gratitude to Your Employees

How to Demonstrate Gratitude to Your Employees

The pandemic has impacted people in various ways over the past 18 months, and researchers are reporting that many employees are feeling exhausted, burned out and stressed. Gallup has found in their research that employee wellbeing and engagement at work tend to have a reciprocal effect, although in the beginning of the pandemic, engagement levels stayed steady as employees worked hard to shift how they worked. Yet 18 months into this major change, many people…

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