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Beth Armknecht Miller

Beth Armknecht Miller

Beth is founder and president of Executive Velocity, a leadership development advisory firm accelerating the success of senior executives and the companies they lead. Her career spans over 30 years and includes management positions in Fortune 500 companies as well as several entrepreneurial ventures, one of which was honored as an Inc 500 winner. Visit or

How To Manage Friends After a Promotion

So after several years of proving yourself, your company finally recognizes your potential as a future leader. The opportunity for promotion, however, comes with a risk. You have made a number of friends at work during the past few years and now you will have to manage them.

Mastering The Performance Review

Have you recently delivered a performance review to an employee who was surprised at your feedback? And in turn were you surprised at their reaction? You are not alone. A recent white paper, Mind the Gap, authored by Novations, a talent development company, reports that on average managers rate their employees performance and contribution by almost a half point less than the employees self-ratings.

Managing Eeyores And Pessimists

Weve all been there. Youre working on an important project and one of your team members, co-workers, or even manager is the eternal pessimist. I like to call people like this, Eeyore. You remember Eeyore, the gloomy donkey from Winnie the Pooh. The words and phrases you often hear from pessimists are things like, it wont work, I cant, why? Not only can these people de-motivate others they can also derail a project.

King Demonstrated Leadership. Do You?

This week, as we celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., many of us will remember his famous I Have a Dream speech delivered in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963. This speech demonstrated two critical leadership principles: Vision and Effective Communication.

Are You Having Fun Yet?

(by Beth Armknecht Miller) I work with many business leaders who over the last year havent had any fun at work or were afraid to display fun. You know who you are. You are very focused on keeping ahead of the economic difficulties this recession has put you and your organization in. Youve had to cut costs and layoff valuable members of your team.

Multi-Tasking Does Not Increase Productivity.

(by Beth Armknecht Miller) You see it at work. You drop by an employees workspace to discuss a current project and she continues to work on the computer while you are having the discussion. How do you feel as the person continues to multi-task? Alternately, you are at home and your spouse is in the kitchen preparing dinner or loading the dishwasher. You start a conversation with him or her and they continue on with their task at hand while conversing with you. Did they really understand what you said? Did they really hear you?

Become Talent Obsessed

The talent obsessed are companies like GE, IBM, and Procter and Gamble who really know their people: what strengths they have, what they value as an individual, their personalities, and what drove them to their achievements. Their obsession in understanding and developing their people has brought their organizations a higher level of success than many of their competitors.