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Stop Hiring for Culture Fit

If you’re looking for talented people you can turn into cultural doppelgängers—rather than seeking to align productive differences toward a common goal—you’re doing it wrong.

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Forbes: 10 Mistakes You’re Making When Building Thought Leadership

10 Mistakes You’re Making When Building Thought Leadership Developing your personal brand through thought leadership takes more than just getting your name to show up in a Google search. Know your purpose for being a thought leader — and make sure it’s specific so that you can best align your efforts with the outcome you wish to achieve. And remember, sharing content…

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Proof Openness Scales

Lessons from Slalom’s successful growth prove that openness scales. Slalom’s case is rich and illustrative. But to understand it, we must first understand scalability.

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Forbes: 10 Ways To Make Everyone On Your Remote Team Feel Connected

10 Ways To Make Everyone On Your Remote Team Feel Connected Telecommuting continues to be on the rise as more companies realize its various benefits, such as greater productivity, better retention, and lower real estate and overhead costs. However, one aspect of remote work seems to worry some, and that’s the interpersonal factor, or, rather, how a lack of face-to-face…

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Forbes: How To Train Leaders To Think More Strategically About The Future

How To Train Leaders To Think More Strategically About The Future Successful leaders must work more than a step ahead these days. While adopting a multi-perspective approach to strategy that sees in all directions and anticipates the future doesn’t come naturally to many, it is something that can be developed. We asked 11 coaches of Forbes Coaches Council how leaders might be…

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Forbes: 10 Reasons The Smartest Employees Are Underperforming

10 Reasons The Smartest Employees Are Underperforming While the source of motivation at work is different for everyone, there may be some key reasons smart employees are underperforming. Whether it’s time management or an overwhelming amount of tasks, recognizing the reason is the first step leaders can take in order to create higher engagement again. We asked 10 coaches of…

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Forbes: Seven Downsides To The Collaborative Culture Boom

Seven Downsides To The Collaborative Culture Boom According to some research, collaborative activities have increased by 50% or more in the last 20 years. But is collaborative culture all its cracked up to be? After all, who is going to get all the work done while everyone else is busy collaborating? Below, we asked seven coaches from Forbes Coaches Council what…

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Forbes: 10 Unique Ways To Motivate Your Team

10 Unique Ways To Motivate Your Team More than ever, a leader’s job is to do more than shout orders from a corner office. Today, leaders must work hands-on with their teams, understand each person’s unique strengths, and finally, have an engagement strategy in order to keep everyone motivated. We asked members of Forbes Coaches Council to weigh in on just how…

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Forbes: 13 Characteristics Of A High-Performing Team (And How Leaders Can Foster Them)

13 Characteristics Of A High-Performing Team (And How Leaders Can Foster Them) Finding the right people to fill roles at your organization isn’t the only thing that matters when it comes to forming high-performance teams. Leaders also have to understand how each member will complement the others as well as how to cultivate shared values and open communication. If you…

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Forbes: 11 Apps Professionals Can Use To Stay Focused

11 Apps Professionals Can Use To Stay Focused With so many apps to choose from, it can be hard for busy professionals to identify the most beneficial and high-quality ones. To help you get started, we asked 11 members of Forbes Coaches Council to name one app they recommend for their clients and why. So whether you’re looking for music to improve…

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Forbes: 13 Ways To Deal With Unexpected Career Turns

13 Ways To Deal With Unexpected Career Turns Many people end up with jobs and lives they didn’t expect. If you’re unhappy with the direction your career has taken, however, not all is lost — changing your circumstances can start with a simple mindset shift. We asked Forbes Coaches Council to provide one tip for achieving greater alignment between your passion and your daily work, especially considering…

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Forbes: 13 Ways Leaders Can Better Understand The Unique Strengths Of Their Team Members

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Open Source: 6 Tips For Interviewing With Open Culture Companies

6 Tips For Interviewing With Open Culture Companies For the last several years, I’ve been studying under an open organization and future of work guru. And for longer than I can remember, I’ve felt that business should operate differently—really move at the speed their people can innovate rather than standing on who’s held office the longest. So you can imagine…

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Forbes: 12 Ways Companies Can Create More Trust In Their Leadership

12 Ways Companies Can Create More Trust In Their Leadership Studies have shown that mutual trust within organizations corresponds to stronger financial results — but that’s not all. According to a survey from HCI , it also influences employee retention, engagement and productivity. “Trust is a decision we all make to empower others to affect us — and it is created around…

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Forbes: 11 Strategies Companies Can Use To Overcome The Talent Shortage

11 Strategies Companies Can Use To Overcome The Talent Shortage Rapid and significant changes in all industries mean new skill requirements in employees. But hiring employees with the right backgrounds is proving more and more challenging for companies today. A recent survey by ManpowerGroup of more than 41,000 hiring managers around the world found that 38% are having trouble filling positions. Why…

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Forbes: Nine Ways To Incorporate Values-Based Decision Making Into Your Career Choices

Nine Ways To Incorporate Values-Based Decision Making Into Your Career Choices Values-based decision making means understanding what is most important to you and then incorporating this into your life on a daily basis. Knowing exactly what you believe also helps you make the decisions that naturally lead to a more fulfilling career. But how can you adjust your priorities in…

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Forbes: 14 Tips For Leading A More Effective Meeting

14 Tips For Leading A More Effective Meeting No one likes meetings for the sake of meetings. They disrupt workflow and leave you with the feeling that the organizer doesn’t appreciate your time. This begs the question, what can leaders do to run more engaging, effective meetings? When you take the time to make meetings useful to those attending, engagement happens naturally. You can…

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Forbes: 11 Ways To Develop A More Inclusive Communication Style At Work

11 Ways To Develop A More Inclusive Communication Style At Work If it seems like the fight for female equality in the workplace has stalled out, it’s probably because it has. While women make up more than 50% of the workforce, they only make up 14.6% of executive officers, according to a report from Center for American Progress. Despite remarkable gains, discrimination at work often occurs…

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Forbes: Seven Ways Companies Can Realign Culture And Vision

Seven Ways Companies Can Realign Culture And Vision Today’s leaders know that culture and vision are what enable a diverse team to work together toward common goals. This means leaders must take steps to shape the culture and enforce the vision in a cohesive way — and sometimes get rid of past structures that no longer serve the business. But…

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Forbes: 12 Experts Discuss The Difference Between Leadership And Influence

12 Experts Discuss The Difference Between Leadership And Influence Leadership and influence are related (and even sometimes used interchangeably), but they’re not one and the same. If your goal is to become a leader and an influencer, understanding the difference is crucial. For coaches whose job it is to help managers, executives and entrepreneurs master the skills they need to lead…

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Forbes: 10 Strategies For Regaining Focus After A Stressful Situation

10 Strategies For Regaining Focus After A Stressful Situation Time pressure may cause professionals to work more to accomplish their daily responsibilities. Oftentimes, this means rushing too quickly from task to task. This can make it especially challenging to be fully present with what we are doing, especially if the previous task was stressful. How do we fully “show up,”…

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What Happens After You Experience An Epic Career Failure?

Epic Career Failure or Letdown? What do you do next? I think I’ve finally come to accept that I’m in a perpetual state of transition. Not only am I realizing it is just part of being Jen, but it is what makes me great at what I do. For the longest time I attributed my transitions to my less than…

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Forbes: 10 Coaching Skills Every Leader Should Master

10 Coaching Skills Every Leader Should Master As more and more companies realize the benefits of hiring a coach, they also realize the benefits of incorporating a coaching methodology into the management style of theirleaders. After all, there’s a difference between simply telling employees what to do and working with them on professional development. Below, coaches from Forbes Coaches Council name…

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Forbes: 13 Ways To Overcome Negative Thought Patterns

13 Ways To Overcome Negative Thought Patterns You view the world through your mental attitude. If that attitude is predominantly negative, it can impact everything, including health, career, family, and more. Furthermore, negative thinking can have a spiraling effect that attracts more negative thinking. Luckily, we can slowly train ourselves over time on how to think by implementing simple techniques.…

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Forbes: Should Culture Be Created Intentionally, Or Should It Be An Evolutionary Process?

Should Culture Be Created Intentionally, Or Should It Be An Evolutionary Process? “Culture” is more than just a buzzword. If you’re a leader in today’s business world, you know culture is a driving force of success. First, a strong culture helps companies attract and retain employees. Second, a strongculture strengthens the company’s brand and helps employees stay aligned while working…

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Forbes: 13 Ideas To Promote Female Equality In The Workplace

13 Ideas To Promote Female Equality In The Workplace Recent data shows that there is a 21% pay gap GPS +0.40% between female and male workers and a third of businesses have no women in senior management roles. There’s a number of things businesses can do to address this, like having salary audits, encouraging more open conversations, and assigning in-house…

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As Seen In Forbes 2016

As a Founding Member of Forbes Coaches Council, I have to opportunity to be part of various Forbes articles. Listed below are links to those articles: Released January 5, 2016:  Seven Strategies To Position Yourself At Work As A Leader Released January 19, 2016: Eight Surprising Truths About Leadership That Can Help You Excel Released January 22, 2016: Forbes Coaches…

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Forbes: 10 Personality Traits That Get In The Way Of Growing Your Business

10 Personality Traits That Get In The Way Of Growing Your Business Demand is high for your product. You just put new processes in place and made several new hires. All in all, you’re on track to grow your business. Under pressure, however, emotions run high and harmful personality traits can take over without you even realizing it. Whether it’s…

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Forbes: How Senior-Level Candidates Can Make Their Resumes Stand Out

How Senior-Level Candidates Can Make Their Resumes Stand Out As a senior–level candidate, you have a lot of experience to draw from, and because of this, your resume is in danger of becoming diluted. Writing a functional resume that focuses on your biggest career accomplishments is one solution. If you’ve been in the same job for a number of years,…

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Forbes: How To Recover From A Job Layoff

How To Recover From A Job Layoff If you work in the corporate world, chances are, at some point, you’ll get laid off. But how do you bounce back quickly and explain the situation during a new job search? Many worry that a layoff, or multiple layoffs, could play poorly for future job prospects. According to several members of Forbes Coaches…

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Forbes: How To Convince Your Employer To Let You Work Part Time

How To Convince Your Employer To Let You Work Part Time Traditional working hours are changing. Not only is it becoming more common for employers to offer flexible work schedules, but many are discovering the benefits, both financially and in terms of productivity, of having a part-time or flexible workforce. Though it doesn’t work for every company or boss, if…

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Forbes: Seven Ways To Handle Losing Your Job

Seven Ways To Handle Losing Your Job No matter what the circumstances are, losing a job is a life-altering event. The absence of purpose, routine, personal value — nevermind a paycheck — is terrifying. First, stay calm. Take time to evaluate your finances and form a plan for what’s next. Try not to let your emotions run the show. Losing…

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Forbes: Forbes Coaches Council Members Share Their Greatest Accomplishments

Forbes Coaches Council Members Share Their Greatest Accomplishments Learn from Forbes Coaches Council members as they share their greatest accomplishments. Read more here on Forbes…   I define my success by the people I truly reach. The real accomplishments come when you see your client break out of whatever was holding them back to grasp a new mindset for their…

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Forbes: Seven Practices That Distinguish Great Managers From The Rest

Seven Practices That Distinguish Great Managers From The Rest There are plenty of good managers out there. They’re efficient, productive, and ensure employees meet objectives. In other words, they get the job done. Once in a while, however, you’ll come across a great manager — one who not only supervises but leads, inspires and connects with their team on a higher level.…

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Forbes: 10 Daily Work Habits Every Young Leader Should Adopt

10 Daily Work Habits Every Young Leader Should Adopt Everything related to your career is a process, and what you do now will have far-reaching effects on your future. That’s why being intentional about your daily work habits is essential, perhaps even more so for young would-be leaders just getting started. No matter what your job title is today, by focusing…

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Forbes: Forbes Coaches Council Members Share Valuable Business Coach Advice

Forbes Coaches Council Members Share Valuable Business Coach Advice Learn from Forbes Coaches Council members as they share valuable advice all career coaches should know. Read more here on Forbes…   Be intentional and choose your yes. Choose what gets you to the long-term, high-impact goal instead of what feels good in the present.  – Jen Kelchner   This article…

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Forbes: Eight Surprising Truths About Leadership That Can Help You Excel

Eight Surprising Truths About Leadership That Can Help You Excel Even if you’re not a leader in your career (yet), you surely work for some strong leaders; it might surprise you to understand just how much they want you to succeed. What’s more, it might surprise you to learn that many of the traits or rules that helped them excel were…

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Forbes: Seven Strategies To Position Yourself As A Leader At Work

Seven Strategies To Position Yourself As A Leader At Work If you’re new to your job or organization, getting recognition (and perhaps a promotion) as quickly as you would like isn’t always easy. Some companies will have a very traditional hierarchy, requiring that you cozy up to the right leaders in the company in order to move forward; other more…

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Why Your Story Matters In Your Business and Leadership

We all have a story. It is your message and one tool to grow your influence. People need to relate to us in a transparent and vulnerable way. However, we need to choose what is shared. Watch this video below on how to create the right environment and why it will increase your influence. Those around you need to hear…

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Forbes: Six Books First-Time Leaders Should Add To Their Holiday Wish List

Six Books First-Time Leaders Should Add To Their Holiday Wish List Unfortunately, there’s no user’s manual for becoming a successful leader. A combination of training, experience and mentorship from other managers is most helpful, but many managers simply learn on the job — for better or worse. Luckily, there are plenty of smart reads that will give you the inspiration…

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One Secret To Control Your Fear of Failure

Create a visual tool for your mind’s eye and see how quickly your perspective on failure shifts. The struggle with the fear of failure (and success) is a real thing. And, you are not alone in it. But, let’s understand that there is a difference with a real, rational fear and the fear that lies to us.  If your life…

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Forbes: Forbes Coaches Council Spotlight: Jen Kelchner

Forbes Coaches Council Spotlight: Jen Kelchner Forbes Coaches Council members come from a wide range of backgrounds. And with their wide range of experiences, they have a lot to share with the clients of their successful coaching practices, and with fellow members of the community. To help them share with an even greater audience, we’re profiling Forbes Coaches Council members…

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Forbes: Seven Strategies Introverts Can Use To Become Effective Leaders

Seven Strategies Introverts Can Use To Become Effective Leaders While they’re certainly not the loudest voices in the room, introverts possess unique traits that can make them highly effective leaders, including the abilities to listen well and empathize. A quiet nature, however, can make even the most confident introvert question whether or not they can ever measure up to the more outspoken…

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How-To Turn Your Ordinary Conversations Into High-Gain Ones That Produce Value

As Leaders, Managers, Coaches, Mentors and Team Leaders, it is our responsibility to lead conversations of value. One of the ways we can do this is by using high-gain questions to produce more value-add for everyone involved. Using high-gain questions in our conversations conveys respect, shows that we value opinions, and they value connection. Our conversations should not be one-way…

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As Seen In Forbes 2015

As a Founding Member of Forbes Coaches Council, I have to opportunity to be part of various Forbes articles. Listed below are links to those articles: View 2016 Articles Here   Released November 12, 2015:  Six Non-Verbal Communication Mistakes That Could Tank Your Next Job Interview. Released December 8, 2015: Forbes Coaches Council Spotlight – Jen Kelchner Released December 8,…

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Forbes: Six Nonverbal Communication Mistakes That Could Tank Your Next Job Interview

Six Nonverbal Communication Mistakes That Could Tank Your Next Job Interview These days, competition for the most desired jobs is steep. With so few openings available, it’s important to make the best impression you can at every stage of the recruiting process, from your application materials to your in-person interview with the company’s hiring manager. Chances are, you’ve practiced your…

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Why Everyone In Community Is A Teacher

I’ve had several online conversations this morning that have led me to a new revelation. Everyone in community is a teacher. Community. It likely means something different to each person who reads the word. I would say it is the people we are in relationship with – those we do life with – and this can be in business, strangers…

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Stop. Collaborate and Listen.

What is this season telling you? It is one of the loveliest times of year right now. Fall. Certainly one of my favorite seasons because of the colors and the cooler air. We all experience seasons in our lives. Sometimes the seasons rage like an unyielding winter – deep, dark and cold. Others seem to fly by too quickly like…

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SHIFT HAPPENS: Spiritual Awakening In The Days To Come

SHIFT HAPPENS! A Spiritual Awakening Is Upon Us I have felt barren for a while now when it comes to my writing and the depth of my message I want to convey. I have been exhausted, depleted, surviving on fumes. And then something happened this weekend that changed my view on so many things. I had a shift. Not only…

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Ubuntu: The Philosophy of Interconnectedness

Belonging To The Greater Whole Ubuntu is a South African philosophy focusing on how people form allegiances and relate to one another. It is our self-assurance in knowing that we are all connected as one. With this understanding we do not need to feel threatened by others, or as we talked about in the post I’m Better Than You it…

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