Author Archive | Karin Hurt

Motivate Your Team – Avoid This Mistake

Early in my career, I made a critical mistake that’s very common, even when you’re a leader who cares and wants to motivate your team. I discovered my mistake when Joanne handed me an envelope. Inside was a single page. I unfolded the paper with its neat creases and found a letter, typed in three […]

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How to Run a Better Project: A Communication Tool For Project Managers

Whether you’re a PMI certified project manager working to spearhead several large-scale projects, or a manager balancing a critical project while still doing your day job, you know the importance of communication.  And yet, people typically don’t communicate well. Especially not about risk; about the myriad ways their best-laid plans could implode. And when their […]

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5 Secrets of a Utility Player: How to Hire For Indispensable

It’s easy to hire for rock stars—the folks with the exact niche skills you need in the marketplace. But don’t underestimate the value of a true utility player for long-term success. My boss came back from the succession planning discussion with the executive team. “Oh, it’s all good, you’re a utility player.” As a young Gen Xer, […]

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How Do I Stop My Boss From Treating Me Like a Kid?

Have you ever seen this dynamic? A manager has known “a kid” on their team forever. LOVES her. WANTS the best for her. AND is ironically holding her back. If you ask “the kid,” (who also loves and respects said manager), it’s because he just “can’t stop treating me like a kid. I know I’ve […]

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5 Ways to Build Career Resiliency

Bad things happen to good people.  Karma doesn’t always show up in time.  Even good people may find that the knife in their backsports their own fingerprints.  Even the most well-intentioned leaders do stupid stunts from time to time.  My time in HR gave me a front row seat to such tragedies.  It’s not a […]

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