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Are Bad Managers Holding Back Your Best Talent?

Are Bad Managers Holding Back Your Best Talent? 
Author: Alfredo Behrens (hbr.org)

A few years ago I joined a large organization in the U.S. Possibly because I was the last one in, I was allocated the worst secretarial assistance I have had in my entire life.

I spent a considerable amount of time trying to figure out what I could entrust her with that would not play havoc with my work. A colleague I confided in gave me some surprising advice: “Her performance review is coming up. Give her the highest possible rating.”

“Why would I do that?” I asked naively.

Time Management Training Doesn’t Work

Time Management Training Doesn’t Work
Author: Maura Thomas (hbr.org)
 

Today, knowledge workers use devices and platforms we wouldn’t have dreamed of 15 years ago, in workspaces we probably didn’t see coming, either (goodbye, private offices; hello, telecommuting).

Why Certain Managers Thrive in Tough New Jobs While Others Get Fed Up

Why Certain Managers Thrive in Tough New Jobs While Others Get Fed Up
Author: Yuntao Dong (hbr.org)

Why Executives Should Talk About Racial Bias at Work (hbr.org)

Why Executives Should Talk About Racial Bias at Work
Author: Muriel Maignan Wilkins

For the past several months, it seemed that everywhere I turned people were talking about events in Ferguson, Staten Island, and North Charleston — in living rooms, classrooms, anchor rooms — everywhere but in most corporate conference rooms. In fact, I have not heard one corporate leader make the link between what happened in these places and what goes on inside their organizations.

There’s a Difference Between Cooperation and Collaboration (hbr.org)

There’s a Difference Between Cooperation and Collaboration
Author: Ron Ashkenas

Why So Many of Us Experience a Midlife Crisis (hbr.org)

Why So Many of Us Experience a Midlife Crisis
Author: Hannes Schwandt

A mid-career crisis can happen to anyone. It can hit even those who objectively have the most fulfilling jobs. When it does, it inflicts pain on the individual suffering it and causes productivity losses for employers. Yet, the phenomenon remains stigmatized and under-researched, leaving crucial questions unanswered. What are the causes? Why does this malaise seem to strike in mid-life? And how can those who are stuck in its grips shake themselves loose?

We’re All Terrible at Understanding Each Other (hbr.org)

We’re All Terrible at Understanding Each Other
Author: Heidi Grant Halvorson

Whatever you may have heard to the contrary, Chip Wilson is not an idiot.  The founder and former CEO and Chairman of Lululemon Atheltica is, in point of fact, a highly successful entrepreneur, philanthropist, innovator, and self-made billionaire.  Idiots are very rarely any of those things.

Wishing You A Joyous Holiday and Happy New Year

We the family and staff at Crystal Key Ministries wish everyone a continued joyous holiday season and a prosperous new year. As we enter into 2017, we will be looking forward to expansion and to the opportunities that are afforded to this ministry. God sees fit to minister to God's own  people in various formats. We will not be looking back to the old, as we venture onward towards new things in Christ.

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