Author Archive | Dan McCarthy

10 Tips on How to Shine in a Talent Review Meeting

If you’re a manager, at some point in your career, if you haven’t already, you’ll be required to participate in something called a “talent review” meeting. That’s HR-speak for a meeting where a bunch of managers get together behind closed doors and talk about their employee’s strengths and weaknesses. Like it or not, employee ranking […]

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A Performance Management Model

As a follow-up to the recent post and comments “Are You Managing or Just Nagging?”, here’s everything you need to facilitate a robust dialog on performance management, with lots of room for grey areas. A. Simple model: B. Supporting material for each quadrant: 1. Managing: How to Discuss an Employee Performance Problem 2. Nagging: Are […]

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10 Tips on How to Deliver a Great Concurrent Session

Conferences are a great way to learn some new best practices, expand your network, and hopefully come away energized with lots of new ideas to implement back on the job. There are usually two types of sessions at a conference – general sessions and concurrent sessions. The general sessions are the ones where you don’t […]

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10 Reasons NOT to do Succession Planning

Succession planning is the systematic assessment and identification of individuals to fill key leadership positions that may or will open up sometime in the future. It’s otherwise known as “what do we do if so and so gets hit by a bus or wins the lottery”. I’ve listened to speakers and authors say that it’s […]

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Don’t Be “That Guy” as a Manager

I’m noticing a lot of references to “that guy” these days. Maybe because I work at a college campus? There’s no shortage of that guy references, including references to all kinds of things you shouldn’t do in bars, on college campuses, in dating, in social media, in fantasy football, and on and on. That guy […]

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The September 2011 Leadership Development Carnival – Back to School Sale

Welcome to the September, 2011 Leadership Development Carnival – Back to School Sale! Yes, it’s back to school shopping time, and this month’s Carnival gives leaders and aspiring leaders a shopping cart full of leadership development supplies. All are deeply discounted (free) and other incredible value to the discriminating leadership shopper. So stock up, and […]

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5 Ways to Maintain the Status Quo During Times of Change

No, really, the title of this post isn’t meant to be sarcasm. The idea came form a recent email from a reader, titled “Maintaining the Momentum”. Mr. McCarthy, I just read your post on Organizational Change and was very thankful for the tips. I have already spoken with my boss and we are going to […]

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