Soderquist Blog

Is "Have Fun" in Your Job Description?

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Dec 7, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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I worked a part-time job in college and graduate school to help pay the bills and I learned a very valuable lesson from the different experiences I had in two of the jobs that I worked. 

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Topics: Personal Development

Getting better vs. Being good

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Oct 27, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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In her book, Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals, Heidi Grant Halvorson talks about the difference between performance goals and mastery goals.  Performance goals are all about being good at a specific task.  Mastery goals are focused on getting better or improving.  Halvorson puts it this way: being good goals are about proving yourself while getting better goals are about improving yourself.

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Topics: Personal Development

George Washington's early career mistakes provide valuable lesson

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Oct 25, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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In world history, the U.S. is a relatively young country but over the years of business travel, I’ve noticed anything “old” or historic in our nation’s history is essentially on the east coast and I’ve tried to take advantage of being in the area to visit some of our country’s landmarks. 
 
A few years ago, I had the opportunity to make my first trip to Pennsylvania for a leadership conference.
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Topics: Leadership

Great leaders share talent with the rest of the organization

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Oct 20, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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I was part of a group that was touring the back end activities of an order fulfillment operation. Our tour guide was showing us a scoreboard where a particular customer service metric was tracked. While his own numbers stood out as far beyond the rest, he spoke only of the successes of the people who report to him. I was impressed with that.

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Topics: Leadership

What if we manage down like we manage up?

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Oct 18, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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I have worked for some managers who were gifted at managing up.  They placed an enormous amount of effort on making sure that they pre-aligned with key stakeholders ahead of key meetings and conversations.  They spent time having coffee and lunch with senior leaders selling their initiatives and ideas. 

I’m not decrying this work.  It does make me wonder what the impact would be for these leaders if they invested just as heavily into managing down.

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Ask the Experts: Working Together

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Sep 20, 2016 10:06:00 AM

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Q: My annual reviews usually bring up that I need to work on my connecting with co-workers more. Why is this important?

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Topics: Leadership, High Performing Teams, Personal Development

Ask the Experts: Personal Values

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Sep 15, 2016 1:42:00 PM

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Q: I want my values to be more evident in my workplace, more intentional. Where do I start?

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Topics: Leadership, Personal Development

Ask the Experts: Strategic Planning

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Sep 13, 2016 1:42:00 PM

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Q: Why are we having trouble executing our strategic plan?

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Topics: Leadership, Personal Development

Ask the Experts: Leading Change

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Sep 9, 2016 10:15:00 AM

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Q: How do we become more agile with change?

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Topics: Leadership, Personal Development

Ask the Experts: Company Culture

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Sep 7, 2016 10:30:00 AM

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Q: How can we have a dynamic company culture like I see other companies have achieved?

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Topics: Leadership, Personal Development