How Gossip Prevents Promotions: Even the CIA is Guilty

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At the CIA, we utilized the full range of performance management tools. We had regular performance reviews, promotion panels, management training and a full spectrum of HR guidance. However, one of the most powerful influences on one’s career was the least transparent – what we called the “hall file”. Eligibility for critical positions and eventual … Read more

How to Assemble an Allstar Team: The Process May Surprise You

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Attracting and retaining top talent consistently ranks among the top concerns for global CEOs.[1] To succeed in this increasingly competitive arena, organizations spend an incredible amount of time and energy ensuring they get the right people in the door. They attend particular networking events, post jobs in strategic places, and may source hundreds of resumes … Read more

Every Company Desperately Needs a Chief Collaboration Officer

Collaboration | CrossLead | Washington, D.C.

“Too many meetings and too many emails” are the cries of today’s knowledge workers, and both are artifacts of well-intended collaboration spun out of control. Your most precious company resource – your employees’ time – is too often squandered in unnecessary or unproductive collaborative pursuits. Is any of this ringing a bell? • Meetings with … Read more

Rules to Live By — 3 Requirements to Optimize Your Meetings

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“There’s no good way to waste your time. Wasting time is just wasting time.” — Helen Mirren Wasted time in a meeting feels painful. I often hear, “Meetings take me away from my real job.” We are compelled to multi-task during a meeting to at least claw back precious time (and maybe combat a little boredom). To … Read more

The Daily Stand-up

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On the morning of August 14, 1914, General Joseph-Simon Gallieni, military governor and commander of the Armies of Paris, called a meeting of his cabinet. This gathering was not an ordinary meeting. It was less than four weeks after the beginning of World War I, and German troops were advancing on Paris.[1] The General requested that … Read more

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