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Preparing Your Workforce for the Exodus of Baby Boomers

Preparing Your Workforce for the Exodus of Baby Boomers

The last member of Generation-X rolled off the assembly line on December 31, 1975.  With the transition to a new generation the following day, the American workforce entered a new era – a generation (Gen-X) smaller than its predecessor (Baby Boomers) and one that its...

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Q&A: The Care and Feeding of Rising Stars with Tom Shandy

Q&A: The Care and Feeding of Rising Stars with Tom Shandy

Every smart organization continuously looks to its future.  Identifying rising stars is a key element of that process.  How can organizations find those individuals? A couple of things really differentiate those future leaders. They're open to feedback, they're...

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Leading with Experience | Laurie Bowers

Leading with Experience | Laurie Bowers

Laurie Bowers, Director of Business Management and Senior Leadership Consultant, is an integral part of the Solutions 21 team. She develops and implements progressive talent management systems, including Coop/Intern programs, Manager-Leader, and Leadership Enhancement...

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Coming Into Your Own

Coming Into Your Own

Recently talking with some colleagues, we had an interesting conversation about opportunities and options throughout our careers. We talked about what we took advantage of and other things that we had not considered.  As driven high performers, it would be easy to...

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‘No – I Won’t”

‘No – I Won’t”

One of the best mentors I ever had did me a favor that I carry to this day. He said, "No, I won't." I was a middle manager, with about 130+ people on my team. I came to him after struggling with a hard decision. Honestly, I was avoiding the decision I knew I needed to...

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Forging Elite Consultants and Coaches

Forging Elite Consultants and Coaches

After reading the phrase in the Solutions 21 materials, “We forge elite leaders,” I became intrigued, liking the idea of “forging” new leadership behaviors through pressure and intentionally sustained heat.  I benchmarked with other companies and heard the results...

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Friction: The Secret Ingredient to Smarter Decisions

Friction: The Secret Ingredient to Smarter Decisions

You might think that friction is something to avoid, but not when it comes to decision-making. Friction derived from differing views and constructive debates actually helps us prevent 'groupthink,' which can stifle creativity and result in bad decisions. It introduces...

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Demystifying Executive Presence

Demystifying Executive Presence

Almost everyone is familiar with the term “executive presence.”  Read nearly any business journal or leadership book and, chances are, you’ll see the term thrown around liberally.  The challenge comes in separating executive presence from the mystique that surrounds...

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