Julie Winkle Giulioni

Stop Blaming Zoom! The Problem with Your Meetings Might Be You

Julie Winkle Giulioni

Long before COVID-19 entered the scene, requiring a significant portion of work and work-related communication to go virtual, meetings were an all-too-frequent feature of the business landscape.

Are You a Reflective of Reflexive Leader?

Julie Winkle Giulioni

Tom is a mid-level manager in a technology firm. He’s risen quickly because of the volume of work he’s consistently been able to manage. He explains his success like this: “Given the pace of business today, you can’t overthink things.

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Development Plan or Development Planning? There is a Difference

Julie Winkle Giulioni

If your organization is like most, you’re likely seeing less attention paid to development planning. It’s understandable. Leaders face time challenges like never before. Teams are increasingly distributed across geographies, making connections complex.

5 Productivity Hacks to Improve Your Work from Home Results

Julie Winkle Giulioni

For months, the coronavirus pandemic has relegated office workers everywhere to their homes. Hunched over kitchen tables or attending conference calls from their living room sofas, these workers are truly living the business trope of “do more with less.”. As the pandemic continues to force businesses to keep their offices closed (or reduce seating capacity), it’s clear that work-from-home will be a reality for many professionals for some time to come.

Benefits in a Pandemic: What HR Leaders Need to Know

Building a benefits program for a diverse workforce has always been a top priority, but now it’s become both more important and complex with so much change and uncertainty. Download our latest guide that features emerging benefits employees expect in 2021 and beyond.

What is Certain During These Uncertain Times?

Julie Winkle Giulioni

I was speaking with a colleague recently who said, “If I hear or read ‘these uncertain times’ once more, I’m going to scream!” And now, everywhere I turn, I’m aware of these words as well – in the news, business articles, podcasts, and advertising. While there’s no argument that the uncertainty is real, perhaps it’s time to shift the focus of our attention and conversations to what is certain. Perhaps it would help to find the solid ground we can stand firmly upon.

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A Manager’s Guide to Navigating High-Stress Times

Julie Winkle Giulioni

This is an article I wrote some time ago to offer leaders guidance for dealing with others during times of high-stress. Given current events and the unprecedented anxiety facing employees today, I’d like to offer it again in the hope that it offers leaders some tangible behaviors and strategies for connecting with others during these challenging times. This content is also available in my AthenaOnline micro-learning video that’s available free until April 2. Stay safe and stay healthy.

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VUCA Career Development for a VUCA Workplace

Julie Winkle Giulioni

The expression VUCA has been around for decades. And yet, it’s as relevant today in business as it was when first introduced in the 1980s by the US military. VUCA — which stands for volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity — describes an unpredictable workplace characterized by constant flux, unknowns and unknowables. It’s the new normal facing most leaders today.

What’s Your Disposition Toward Development?

Julie Winkle Giulioni

Leaders can’t help but bring their general disposition or temperament to work. And that disposition drives everything they do. How they run meetings. How they set goals. How they organize projects. And how they grow people. Developing others is among a leader’s most critical responsibilities, and the most valuable contribution they can make to the organization. Yet, too frequently, development gets sidelined with excuses that range from ‘no time’ to ‘no promotions available’.

4 Mindsets Needed for a Better Talent Pipeline

Julie Winkle Giulioni

As leaders face the most volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous business conditions ever, one thing is clear: Talent is an organization’s most powerful and sustainable competitive advantage. As a result, improving the talent pipeline by attracting, developing and retaining the best possible employees is among a leader’s most fundamental priorities.

Use Chaos to Build a Stronger Organization

Speaker: Stacey Harris, Chief Research Officer & Managing Partner at Sapient Insights Group

As we look to tomorrow, it is time to ask ourselves what lessons have we learned and how do we create flexible organizations that can survive what the future holds. Stacey Harris, Chief Research Officer for Sapient Insights Group, will share insights, data, and tools that are helping organizations adapt and even thrive in this difficult environment. She’ll discuss the emerging trends in the Learning technology market, and how these exciting new approaches to creating micro, adaptive, and personalized content is changing the face of workforce development while creating strong connections to business outcomes.

The Fine Art of Delegation: Five Vital Tips

Julie Winkle Giulioni

Guest Post by Diana Peterson-More. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and working with Diana Peterson-More over the past 2+ decades and I’ve been consistently impressed by the extraordinary leadership she’s demonstrated in her work as a highly-placed HR executive, influential community member and consultant/advisor to top-tier organizations. So, you can imagine how pleased I was when Diana decided to share her wisdom in Consequential Communication in Turbulent Times.

The Career Development Habit

Julie Winkle Giulioni

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” ” -Aristotle. As each new year begins, a lot is written on the subject of habits. Habits associated with health and wellness. Habits associated with mental outlook and happiness. And habits associated with greater professional success. Habits really are at the core of excellence in any arena – including career development.

Want Employees to Own Their Career Development? Try These 2 Things

Julie Winkle Giulioni

Career development is among the most confusing and challenging responsibilities facing leaders. And make no mistake… it is a critical responsibility. My own research finds that across the generations in the workplace today, employees universally agree that “one of a manager’s fundamental roles is to support his/her employees’ career development.”). And yet, many leaders struggle. Some burn themselves out, trying to do too much of the heavy lifting on behalf of their employees.

Sunk Time. Sunk Costs. Sunk Talent?

Julie Winkle Giulioni

I recently conducted a research study with Samantha Hupp and The Insight Advantage exploring issues related to women and career development today. We asked nearly 400 women to share their most frequently occurring self-limiting beliefs. Despite the broad age range of the subjects (23-70+), the data reflects surprising similarities in the nature of the negative messages that women think or actually articulate.

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eLearning demand is at an all-time high. Pick the right LMS!

The need for online learning is greater than ever having the right LMS is absolutely crucial. Quickly, easily, and cost-effectively decide which Learning Management System is right for you with this 12-step guide from LMS implementation experts.

The Structure-Culture-Development Connection

Julie Winkle Giulioni

If you lead an organization, work in an organization, or even set foot in an organization, you know that we are living in a time of significant structural change. Many forces and factors are contributing to these changes, including: The significant proportion and importance of knowledge work – and the unique challenges associated with managing it. Escalating customer expectations means that the bar continues to be raised in terms of innovation, quality, and cost.

Cultivate Coachability with these 5 Mindsets

Julie Winkle Giulioni

The frustration was palpable within a group of leaders with whom I recently worked. They were in a tough spot. Competition was emerging from unexpected sources. Revenue was not tracking to meet expectations. The organization was responding with significant structural change. And these leaders had been told by executives that if the business was to survive, they had to improve their coaching ability and results.

2020 Vision: One Thing Leaders Must See Clearly in the Coming Year

Julie Winkle Giulioni

As a young consultant several years ago, I worked with countless organizations that had dubbed their long-term planning efforts ‘2020 Vision’ – cleverly combining the idea of clarity with the nearly mythical future date. These plans tended to focus on innovative new products, yet-to-be-developed markets, game-changing go-to-market strategies, and tantalizing technologies.

Introducing the Notion of Career Agility to the World of Solopreneurship

Julie Winkle Giulioni

Guest Post by Anji Marychurch. I was delighted to connect with Anji Marychurch after recently conducting a tele-class for the International Coaching Federation. It took no time to discover that despite living on ‘different sides of the pond,’ we share a lot in terms of background, perspective and passion for coaching and developing others.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

What Does IDP Stand for in Your Organization?

Julie Winkle Giulioni

The human resources lexicon suggests that the universal definition of IDP is individual development plan, the process whereby leaders and employees engage in career and profession al planning conversations designed to promote growth, engagement, retention and results. But, in too many organizations, IDP also stands for ‘indifferently declining to participate.’ Busy managers and leaders struggle to make the time.

Why We Still Can’t Get Career Development Right

Julie Winkle Giulioni

See Something – Say Something

Julie Winkle Giulioni

While passing through airport security during a recent business trip, I looked up to see a poster featuring TSA’s request that if travelers see something, they should say something. It struck me that this is excellent advice for air safety—but also for coaching. Too frequently, leaders treat coaching as a discrete activity that they plan for, schedule, and conduct in a formal fashion.

It’s Time to Recalibrate Your Career Conversation Cadence

Julie Winkle Giulioni

Short on time but committed to helping your employees develop and grow? Watch this 3-minute video based upon my classic article, Developing Your Employees is Like Brushing Your Teeth. Growth, learning, and career development continue become increasingly important requirements of employees in today’s workplace. In fact, in a recent study I conducted, career development was rated as ‘very important’ by more than 90% of the nearly 500 individuals surveyed.

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Benefits benchmarking data for better employee and organizational wellbeing

Recognize your strengths and identify opportunities to retain valuable employees, increase employee engagement and achieve organizational goals. See where you stand against trends informed by nearly 4,000 employers and face your future with confidence.

An Agile Approach to Development Planning

Julie Winkle Giulioni

Agility is in high demand in today’s workplace. The ability to nimbly pivot when confronted by new or changing dynamics is quickly becoming a core competency for leaders and employees alike. And it makes sense given the complex and unpredictable environment in which we work. But, you know what’s also complex and unpredictable? The employment landscape. Today’s jobs may be automated tomorrow. That role you’ve been working toward for years may evaporate.

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Beyond Meditation: How Leaders Can Put Mindfulness into Action

Julie Winkle Giulioni

Mindfulness continues to garner significant attention in business. And it makes sense. When companies like Google, Apple, McKinsey, Intel, and General Mills all focus in a particular direction, others will naturally follow—especially when research paints such a compelling picture of the possible benefits of mindfulness, from stress reduction to improved relationships to better problem solving and decision making.

You are the Steward of Your Legacy

Julie Winkle Giulioni

Guest Post by Peter Giulioni. I’m excited to share a guest post from a new blogger whose work I am confident you’ll appreciate: my husband, Peter Giulioni. He brings decades of management consulting, university administration, and life experience to this article on legacy. Coincidentally, I wrote a blog post on the same topic when Peter’s mom (my mother-in-law) died several years ago. So, I guess this is a topic that runs very deep in our family.

Momentum as a Management Strategy

Julie Winkle Giulioni

“Every body perseveres in its state of being at rest or of moving uniformly straight forward, except insofar as it is compelled to change its state by force impressed ” — Isaac Newton’s First Law of Motion. Leaders looking for an edge in today’s complex and competitive business environment need look no further than physicist Isaac Newton and his theory of inertia and momentum.

How to Elevate Employee Voice to Guide a Culture Transformation

2020’s boldest people leaders are building and living core values along with their employees. Elevating Employee Voice engages an organization’s “collective hearts and habits” to drive transformation at scale. It connects every individual, manager and team in an authentic dialogue to create shared alignment, ownership and trust in the path ahead.

From Career Mobility to Opportunity Mobility

Julie Winkle Giulioni

Career mobility is defined as the movement of employees across levels, positions and even industries. In the past, it was a yardstick by which people measured their progress and success. And it was also a tool for incenting employees and calibrating the value of their contributions to the organization.

4 Practices to Foster Psychological Safety

Julie Winkle Giulioni

Sadly, the news is filled with tragic and unsettling stories about the state of our schools’ and workplaces’ physical safety. The issue is complex, multifaceted, and will likely be debated for some time. Many managers and leaders are feeling immobilized, unable to take meaningful action. There is, however, one dimension of safety over which leaders have tremendous influence: psychological safety.

Accentuate the Positive!

Julie Winkle Giulioni

Today’s managers shoulder the significant responsibility of delivering individual and organizational performance, and doing so in a fast-changing environment. For many, accomplishing this mission involves sophisticated monitoring systems that provide real-time data about how results are tracking against goals, with a focus typically upon when the mark is being missed. Many leaders have become masters at minding the gap, evaluating the delta and assessing the shortfall.

Career Development May Mean Career Disruption

Julie Winkle Giulioni

We’ve seen it time and again. The products and services that we loved yesterday are old news today… and obsolete tomorrow. It plays out in everything from our voracious appetite for new features and phones to the revolving doors of food providers who ride the taste-of-the-moment waves from cupcakes to fro-yo to poke. That’s why most organizations rank innovation among their top strategic priorities.

Group Demonstration Webinar: 100% Remote New Employee Onboarding

Speaker: David Secunda, CEO, WorkBright

Companies are looking to adjust their new hire onboarding to accommodate unique ‘social distancing’ challenges like securely collecting personally identifiable information and understanding new compliance regulations like Form I-9 verification. Join Workbright on Thursday, August 27th, to get a first-hand look at how a 100% remote onboarding process works using their system. They'll cover a few of the new COVID-19 related legislation changes and how they can be easily facilitated with their platform.

The Multiple Intelligences Required to Facilitate Career Development Today

Julie Winkle Giulioni

The career development landscape facing employees and leaders today is more complex than ever before. Flatter, delayered organizations offer fewer opportunities for promotions (or even lateral moves). Changing demographics place new pressures on the workplace with an employee population that spans four generations and must address the varied expectations that come along with each.