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Diane Byington, Ph.D.

Book Review: Bridging the Soft Skills Gap

Bridging the Soft Skills Gap: How to Teach the Missing Basics to Today’s Young Talent, by Bruce Tulgan. 2015. NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Whenever I talk to colleagues about their work situations, most of those who are over… Continue Reading →

Book Review: The End of Average

Every day we are measured against the yardsticks of averages. The assumption that metrics comparing us to an average—like GPA, personality assessments, standardized test results, and performance review ratings—reveal something meaningful about our potential is so ingrained in our society… Continue Reading →

Envisioning Opportunities – A “Keystone” Skill

The skill set of a good leader must be both wide and deep. Some skills are innate, and others are learned and developed. Remember television’s popular boss, Michael Scott? His skill set was thin and shallow. As much as we… Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Right Kind of Crazy

Adam Steltzner, an engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, led the team that landed the Curiosity on Mars in 2012. Curiosity is a 2,000 pound, $2.5 billion, car-sized robotic rover that is exploring Gale Crater as part of NASA’s Mars… Continue Reading →

Book Review: Grit to Great

I was initially put off by the title of this book, because I loved “Good to Great” by Jim Collins, and this seemed to be an attempt to capitalize on the popularity of Collins’ book. But, after a few pages,… Continue Reading →

Book Review: Superbosses ~ How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent

Finkelstein is one of the big names in management/leadership circles. He’s the director of Tuck’s Center for Leadership at Dartmouth College, and a consultant and speaker to senior executives around the globe. So when he speaks (or writes), it’s wise… Continue Reading →