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Seven Questions to Ask a Potential Training Vendor

Every April 1, the annual application process for H-1B visas begins. This year, many companies are concerned about the new administration’s focus on curbing visa programs. In light of a potential new executive order that could significantly curtail recruitment of highly skilled foreign employees, HR leaders are doubling down on efforts to retain their current H-1B employees.

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Unconscious Bias in the Workplace: Perspectives of a Cross Cultural Coach

As forward-thinking organizations deepen their commitment to cultures of diversity and inclusion (D&I), their human resources and management leaders are turning to a related, but less well-understood topic: unconscious bias (UB). Also referred to as implicit bias, UB has emerged as a major issue in the news, and a key theme in discussions ranging from politics and policing to campus culture and social behaviors.

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Do You Have a Coaching Game Plan for 2017?

Building a Strategic Follow-up to Year-end Reviews

It’s fall – the time when both Human Resources leaders and football coaches start to focus on their game plans for the current “season” into 2017. To those responsible for their organization’s professional development programs, that means evaluating blueprints and drafting budgets for training – and, increasingly, to many organizations that includes coaching.

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Are You Making the Most of the Midyear Review Period?

For many companies, the midyear period is a time for employee evaluation and goal-setting, typically resulting in a “from-now-to-year-end” roadmap. Ideally, managers and human resource leaders work together to establish an open-dialog environment in which employees are actively encouraged to share thoughts on their progress, challenges, and goals…and how they see the rest of the year unfolding. Managers, advisers, and HR staff should all come away from these conversations asking--

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You May Know What Your Employees Need… But Do You Know What They Want?

Last week I had a catch-up meeting with Beatrice, a former coaching client in town for a short visit to corporate headquarters. This rock star, high-performing employee had recently taken over a global office, all on her own, with just two years’ tenure at her firm. She wanted to talk about how the year was going, and how she hoped to continue improving. What a positive scenario – she’d essentially become a director of global operations, taking on a significant leadership role in a very short period of time, and was excited about...

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5 Ways to Acclimate Multinational Employees

As companies become increasingly more global, there’s a greater need to train multinational staff on how to succeed in markets foreign to them. Nadia Nassif, CEO and founder of Springboards, a Quincy, Massachusetts-based coaching company focused on leadership, professional communication and cross-cultural development, does just that...

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