This week, we highlight the five traits of effective managers, hear about the power of reinforcement, look at different strategies for hiring older people, and explore how what makes you unique, makes you successful at work.  

This week’s growth quote:

“The secret of success is to do the common thing uncommonly well.”

John D. Rockefeller Jr.

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The Role of Reinforcement in Executive Coaching

TLNT

There are different coaching strategies, but one of the most powerful is “reinforcement.” Learn how to help executives change their behavior or carry out new initiatives by following up more effectively. 

5 Facets Of Performance Management For The Future

SHRM

We’re used to having information at our fingertips, and we’ve come to expect the same responsiveness at work. To learn how to provide feedback in an on-demand, digital world, Michael Schrage, a research fellow at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Bryan Hancock, a partner at McKinsey, have identified what they believe are the five smartest strategies. 

The Case for Hiring Older Workers

HBR

We are living longer than ever and yet age-discrimination in the workplace is rampant—the AARP reports that two-thirds of people aged 45 to 74 have experienced age-related discrimination. HR expert and member of the Betterworks board of directors, Josh Bersin, lays out strategies for hiring older workers and the advantages of doing so. 

The Benefits of Bringing Your Whole Identity to Work

HBR

Gone are the days when employees were expected to blend in and leave their differences behind. As more companies see diversity as a strength, this article explains how members of minority groups can turn their unique experiences and perspectives into their (and their company’s) competitive advantage.  

If you missed the last recap, read it here: Feedback At Your Fingertips, Employee Gossip, and Four Key Conversations