30
Apr

Many companies take the easy way out and promote the person who does their job best: the best salesman, the best accountant, etc. The problem is that just because that employee knows the content of their job, does not mean that they know how to manage and engage employees. We’ve seen this again and again […]

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19
Nov

As leaders, it is easy to get caught up in performing well enough to get the next promotion. If that performance helps both you and the organization, then it is probably the right way to lead. If it helps only you, then you are leading no one but yourself. Reflecting on the leadership legacy of […]

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9
Jun

When we hear the word “network”, we normally shrink back, thinking of going into a room full of people we’ve never met, only to shake hands and try to think of something interesting to say. Instead, think of your Trust Network™ as building on what you already have: people who are important to you. Rather […]

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19
May

There is a gap at work that needs to be filled. This article suggests that employees be proactive in their own learning & development, but we’ve found that it is not so simple. Employees might ask to attend an outside leadership program and be told there are no funds, or because they are not already […]

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7
May

In reflecting on teacher appreciation day yesterday, we were counting all of the ways Dean Chris Puto has influenced our lives since we had him as a marketing professor at the Ross School of Business in the late ’80s. Karen had him first for her intro marketing class in her MBA program. At that time, […]

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16
Apr

I (Karen) started coaching my MBAs to help them develop a personal development plan for their life post-MBA.  I realized that they were waiting until the end of their program to figure out what to do next and wanted to provide space (and permission) for them to understand their strengths, and dream about what could […]

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14
Jan

One thing I am grateful for in gaining my work experience is my co-op education through General Motors when I was an undergrad. GM was used to hosting co-op students through General Motors Institute (GMI), which is now Kettering University. I don’t think Oldsmobile was prepared for the liberal arts co-op students from Albion College, […]

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29
Dec

While you are home on break, did you know you can network without leaving your house? As I looked through LinkedIn this morning, I noticed that one of my favorite students (ok, they are all my favorites!), is linking with new people while she is on break. Whether they are people you already know or […]

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23
Dec

As you are catching up on your rest at home, you might also start to think about whether or not you are taking full advantage of everything your college is offering you. We have seen so many students come to us their last semester, asking for career advice, realizing that they have not taken advantage […]

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22
Dec

For all of you college students who are dreading the many parties and events your parents are going to drag you to, hear are a few tips to help you get through them. Think of this as a time for you to start your job and internship networking! 1) Get your elevator pitch ready: in […]

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