Martha Duesterhoft

Martha Duesterhoft is a Partner with PeopleResults,a consultancy that guides organizations and individuals to “start the wave” of change. You can contact her at mduesterhoft@people-results.com.

Articles by Martha Duesterhoft

HR Insights, HR Management

The Annual Office Holiday Party: Is It Really Worth Having One?

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Ahhhh … it’s that time of year again when companies may feel inclined to celebrate the holidays with an office party.

Do you work for one of those companies?

I know that after 2008, many companies opted out of the annual celebration for economic reasons, but there are still those who are offering this type of annual group merriment.

But, I wonder — is it worth it? Read more…

Leadership

One Important and Overlooked Key to Truly Great Leadership

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In our world of “selfies” and social media apps to facilitate telling the world about our every thought and how we spend our time, it’s not shocking that humility is a characteristic often in short supply.

I recently read that the College Board, the organization that administers the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) taken by millions of high school students each year, shows evidence of an over inflated opinion of ourselves.

On the SAT test there are a number of questions other than Math and English which the students are asked to answer.

For example, they are asked to evaluate their leadership ability, where 70 percent of students rated themselves as above average in leadership, and only 2 percent as below average. When it comes to athletics 60 percent rated themselves as above average while only 6 percent rated below average. Read more…

Talent Management

You Can Apply Olympic Best Practices to Your Own Workplace Team

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Anyone who knows me knows I’m an “Olympaholic!”

I LOVE the Olympic Games — Summer, Winter, it makes no difference. I love them all!

Beyond admiring the amazing athletic prowess, what really makes the Olympics special to me is all the personal interest stories.

It’s a peek into the lives of the athletes to learn about their stories. Most have had to overcome some sort of obstacle or set-back and I simply find it inspirational. Read more…

Best of TLNT

The Three Things It Takes to Be Wildly Successful

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Editor’s note: TLNT is continuing an annual tradition by counting down the most popular posts of the year. This is No. 8. Our regular content will return on Monday.

Have you heard of Adam Grant? If not, you soon will.

Not only is Dr. Grant the youngest tenured professor at The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, he’s also their highest-rated teacher in their MBA program. His new book, Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success, is getting a lot of buzz lately and here’s why.

Dr. Grant’s research shows that in our technological world, our relationships play an even more important part in an individual’s success. We need to operate in a much more interdependent manner. Read more…

Best of TLNT

5 Coaching Skills That Every Manager Needs to Have

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Editor’s note: TLNT is continuing an annual tradition by counting down the most popular posts of the year. This is No. 11. Our regular content will return on Monday.

Whether you’re a manager trying to develop your people or trying develop yourself and build a career, you need to know that one of the key ways you can have a positive impact on the business is by operating more as a “Coach” than a “Manager.”

A study conducted by Bersin & Associates showed that organizations with senior leaders who coach effectively and frequently improve their business results by 21 percent as compared to those who never coach. Read more…

Training & Development

5 Coaching Skills That Every Manager Needs to Have

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Whether you’re a manager trying to develop your people or trying develop yourself and build a career, you need to know that one of the key ways you can have a positive impact on the business is by operating more as a “Coach” than a “Manager.”

A study conducted by Bersin & Associates showed that organizations with senior leaders who coach effectively and frequently improve their business results by 21 percent as compared to those who never coach.

Many people are unsure about what is different about a coaching approach, so let me outline some key descriptors: Read more…

Talent Management

The Three Things It Takes to Be Wildly Successful

success

Have you heard of Adam Grant? If not, you soon will.

Not only is Dr. Grant the youngest tenured professor at The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, he’s also their highest-rated teacher in their MBA program. His new book, Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success, is getting a lot of buzz lately and here’s why.

Dr. Grant’s research shows that in our technological world, our relationships play an even more important part in an individual’s success. We need to operate in a much more interdependent manner. Read more…

HR Basics, Recruiting and Staffing

5 Important Lessons If You Move to Virtual Onboarding

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Why is it we have big “going away” parties when people retire and depart a company, but don’t make a big deal and celebrate when new hires join an organization?

For many new hires, the initial experience with their new employer is about filling out paperwork and getting the run-down on policies. Yes, you may meet a few key people and go to lunch with others starting that day, but where’s the excitement and celebration to mark the first day?

The reality is that the first day on the job is the start of a relationship. If this was a first date, there would be planning, primping and efforts to put your best foot forward to make the other person feel comfortable, relaxed and excited about starting a new relationship.

Why do so many companies miss the boat? Read more…

HR Management, Leadership

The Power of Candor: How a Frank Discussion Builds Trust in Your Team

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Last week I witnessed something in the boardroom of one of my clients that I’d only seen with actors following a script on TV or in the movies: A genuinely honest dialogue among a senior leadership team.

The conversation was about owning operational and communication issues that have negatively impacted their organization’s culture. I watched it unfold in amazement and it was one of the most productive meetings in which I’ve participated.

I commend the first team member to get the elephant in the room, on the table. She clearly acknowledged her role in creating some of the organization’s dysfunction and exhibited a sense of remorse. Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

Especially in the Workplace, Everyone Deserves to Get a Second Chance

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Tonight night (Oct. 2), Adam Greenberg will get the ultimate second chance.

Back on July 9, 2005, Adam came to home plate for the first time as a member of the Chicago Cubs. Valerio de los Santos pitched for the Florida (now Miami) Marlins and hit Greenberg in the back of the helmet with the pitch. Adam’s helmet flew off and he fell to the ground.

That one brief moment was all Adam Greenberg had as a Major League Baseball player. He experienced his best moment and worst moment of his short career in a matter of seconds. It’s reminiscent of the character Archie “Moonlight” Graham in Field of Dreams, who has a one-game career in the majors. However in the movie, Archie gets a second chance to make it back to the big leagues.

Well, life can imitate art. Read more…