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Do You Have a Productive Partnership or a Tug of War?

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They’re supposed to be your ally. Your co-conspirator. Your partner. But instead it feels like every conversation is a struggle. This isn’t how it is supposed to be. In the best partnerships, people create something that neither could have accomplished on their own.

2018 141

Announcing The New Networking

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Have you ever wondered why networking feels so fake? So onerous? It’s because networking, as we know it, was created for extroverts and salespeople. For most of us, pressing the flesh in a crowded room of strangers, feels awkward and unsuccessful. Luckily, there’s a better way.

2017 158

Power of Purpose: How Solid Purpose Generates Strategic Strength

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Purpose is one of the most powerful tools organizations have to support strategy. A good purpose places a stake in the ground, declaring what the organization values. It provides flexibility and allows the organization to respond to shifts in the market and customer preferences.

2017 170

Beat the Conference Blahs

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It’s Day Two of the convention and my body aches from sitting in one place for so long. I’ve heard experts tell me what to do and how to do it. I’ve seen ten PowerPoint templates and seven videos. I’ve been promised the Next Big Thing. What I haven’t been is inspired. Or even very engaged.

2018 130

Networking Myths Busted!

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The New Networking , a project of Partnering Resources, is busting traditional networking myths! Networking Myth #1: My Network is Terrible! Do you think you have a terrible network? You probably don’t.

2018 138

NEW ARTICLE: Realizing the Benefits of True Globalization

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By Aussiegall on flickr. Many organizations say they’re global. Few achieve the benefits of globalization. Bayer CropScience (BCS) experienced this conundrum several years ago.

2017 172

New Leadership Tools: Finding Direction through Network Maps: Mini Case #1

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Companies create organization charts that show hierarchies and reporting relationships. But work rarely gets done as it appears on an org chart. Instead, people operate through networks: informal webs of relationships that people instinctively form in the workplace.

2017 168

Dispatch from the 2017 Association of Change Management Professionals Conference

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My first time in New Orleans didn’t disappoint! The annual conference of the Association of Change Management Professionals was lively, friendly, and fun. Didn’t attend? Scroll down for my take on what was new and hot at the 2017 conference. Prefer visuals to text?

2017 153

NEW ARTICLE: The Art of Quiet Networking

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Image: Liz Fosslien and Mollie West. For many introverts, Susan Cain’s TED talk about introversion was a much needed affirmation of the value of the quiet style. She articulated what many of us needed to hear: there’s nothing wrong with being an introvert.

2016 175

New Case Studies: How to Use Networks Strategically

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Network maps make the invisible world of organizational transactions, relationships, and knowledge flows visible. But what can they actually accomplish for an organization? We recently published two case studies based on our work with clients.

2016 163

Sorry? (Not Sorry): Guest Post on the Art of Apology by Amy Yeager

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Photo by Alexas_Fotos on Pixabay. After several days at a conference, I found myself woefully behind on email. “I’m sorry about the delayed response,” I wrote again and again. But what was I really saying with that apology?

2016 138

Three Jobs of the Change Leader

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The sixth in the Tried & True Series: Trusted Models that Stand the Test of Time. Three things. That’s all you really need to do to be a successful change leader. It’s surprising to think that the job could be so easy.

2015 158

The Employees’ Wishlist: Three Things Employees Wish Managers Would Do

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Image by Aitor Aguirregabiria on flickr. Your employees need you. But not in the way you think. Leadership is no longer about being the center of decision-making, expertise, and problem solving.

Chocolate at Work: A Lighter Post for August

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Maya hosts a chocolate tasting. If you know me, you know that I love chocolate. You also know that I’ve taken that love beyond simply hoarding bars in my chocolate chiller (yes, I bought a chiller to keep my chocolates safe from heat).

2016 130

100+ Tried & True Problem-Solving Tools

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Too many leaders choose the wrong tool for the problem at hand. Our infographic, “ What’s Your Problem ,” explains the four different types of problems leaders face. Once you’ve read it, you may be left thinking: OK, I know what kind of problem I have. What tool do I use?

2016 138

Change Leadership Challenge 4: Meaningful Employee Participation

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This is the fourth in a series of posts about change leadership. Previous posts covered active, committed leadership , building a compelling business case , and embedding change. Meaningful employee participation is important during change. Image of Habitat for Humanity by SandiaLabs on flickr.

Two Leadership Rules for the Networked World

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Image from mediawiki.org. We have a problem. Most of us are using old leadership techniques that no longer work. Here’s a case in point. I met Cyrus a few years back. He was a manager who insisted on being involved in every decision that concerned his department.

2014 175

Collaborating Across Borders: Five Keys to Creating Powerful Partnerships

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Collaborating across borders. If this dog and cat can do it, so can we. Image by Hannah W on flickr. Several weeks ago, a distraught vice president called. His organization had just been restructured and he had just received ownership for two new divisions.

2014 189

How to Help Managers Lead Change

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Image: Lindsay Phillips on clker.com. We’re undergoing significant change and I can’t be everywhere. What can I do to help my managers lead change? Always Do This. Make sure your managers always know what’s going on. That significant change is just one item on their very full plates.

2014 183

Three Notorious Networking Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

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We need networks to be successful. But don’t make one of these notorious networking mistakes. Have you ever had the feeling that you’re not networking correctly? You might be making one of these notorious networking mistakes.

2014 172

How to Escape Endless Networking Conversations

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Image from Heath Lowrance. Another entry in our ongoing series on Networking Tips.~~. She just won’t stop talking.

2013 192

Change Leadership Challenge 1: Active, Committed Leadership

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This is the first in a series of posts about change leadership. Image from the Boston Public Library. Today’s executives have a great responsibility to enact change.

2013 191

Three Ways Human Networks Can Help Drive Change

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The technology vice president of a local financial services company was frustrated. A bottom-line strategy depended on the success of a recent reorganization. Unfortunately, the reorganization was not generating the expected results.

2014 178

4 Steps to Getting to Yes

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Entrepreneurs are always asking. We ask for resources, ideas, funding, partnerships, and so many other things. Our success depends on our ability to ask successfully. This post, recently published on Inc.com, reviews four steps to acing your next ask and getting to yes. Relationship First.

2015 163

How to Network at a Social Event When You Don’t Know Anyone

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Image by Vincent Fournier for Henkel Advertising. Social events can be extremely anxiety-provoking for introverts. Walk into a room where I know no one? Make small talk over canapés? Can’t I just go to hell instead? Never fear, introverts: we can do this. Here’s how to network at a social event.

2013 198

Change Leadership Challenge 3: Embedding Change

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This is the third in a series of posts about change leadership. Previous posts covered active, committed leadership and building a compelling business case . Embed your change in to the fabric of your organization. Image: Johntrathome on flickr.

2014 185

The Power of “No”: Escape From Overload and Focus on What Matters

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By DWRose on flickr. One of the most important things a leader can do is to help people stay focused. That means having the courage to say “no.” It also means having the willingness to protect the interests of your organization when people push back. The Slippery Slope to Overload.

2015 138

NEW ARTICLE: Transform Your Network with Three Simple Practices

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Would you rather go to the dentist than to a networking event? If so, then this article is for you. Here’s an excerpt from our recently published article, “ Transform Your Network with Three Simple Practices ,” on Communication World: Networking is considered a professional necessity. Conventional wisdom states that if we don’t build and sustain our networks properly, we’ll lose out on opportunities like promotions, new jobs, and important information.

2016 126

Large Group Ice Breakers: Free Twenty Questions Activity

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Image by Sheila Swan-Scot on flickr. Effective large group ice breakers can be hard to find. I’ve often see leaders simply blow off the initial icebreaker as a waste of time since it’s so hard to find a short, engaging, helpful activity.

2014 172

Building Your Network: Making It Work with Your Boss

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Is your biggest networking problem your boss? Read this article for tips and techniques on how to network with your boss. Ropes – fotobydave flickr. The relationship with your boss is one of the most important in the workplace.

2013 199

Getting the Message Across: Five Levels of Change Communications

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You told them… and they did the opposite. You told them… and they ignored what you said. You told them… and they got it. People often tell me that change communications are the most challenging implementation task. Everyone knows that communication is necessary.

2013 192

The Most Overlooked Asset in Organization Change

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Organizations have been changing for millennia, but people still struggle to lead change effectively. It’s difficult to send consistent messages, maintain momentum, and engage employees over the long haul. Luckily, organizations have a hidden asset that leaders can use to accelerate change.

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Change Leadership Challenge 2: Compelling Business Case

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This is the second in a series of posts about change leadership. The previous post covered active, committed leadership. What motivates you to change? I’m pretty easy; cake does the trick. Image by YvonneL on flickr.

2014 183

Are You Solving the Right Problem?

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Problems come in many shapes and sizes. Some are small (“I can’t find space for my 2pm meeting”). Others are large (“I can’t get forty coalition members to agree on goals”). All have the capacity to drive you nuts, especially if you’re not solving problems using the right tools.

2016 130

Visions of Business Ecosystems

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Incredible complexity. So many moving parts. Almost impossible to fully understand and depict. These are all descriptions of business ecosystems. Yet people continue to try to understand the big picture—their environment—and how it affects their companies. There’s good reason to do so.

2013 195

Networking for Introverts: A Starter List of Tips & Techniques

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Introvert v. Extrovert. Image by Jeff Wysaski. I recently wrote about how we need to rethink networking : what it is and why we do it. I confessed that I am, in fact, an introvert and that I force myself to get through large-scale, cocktail-style, traditional networking events.

2012 206

Bringing Innovation to HR Strategy: Highlights of the 2013 SHRM Strategy Conference

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We’re living in a VUCA world, said Dr. Tom Hogan at the 2013 SHRM Strategy conference. And, indeed, that was the talk of the conference. VUCA stands for volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous.

2013 183

Becoming a Strategic HR Professional

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~~ One in an intermittent series about strategic HR. If you have a fantastic story of strategic HR you’d like to see featured here, let me know ! ~~. I’ve talked with many people about what strategic HR means. Most people seem confused. “It’s It’s having a seat at the table,” say some.

2013 181

Trust Falls at Work… Seriously? Trust in the Workplace

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“I Trust You” video by RossCreations. I talk with a lot of people about networks. I tell them that, at the very root of the matter, networks are about trust.

2013 191

Free Tool: Project Execution Assessment

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Image from aeu04117 on flickr. The best strategies are simply good ideas… until someone implements them. How well does your organization execute?