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Heather Haas


Networking to Land a New Job

August 24, 2017

As President of ADVISA, I’ve always viewed my highest point of contribution as building and optimizing a team of sharp, caring people who share a passion for leadership development and employee engagement. As a result, I take a fair amount of meetings with folks who reach out to me about joining our team and leaders who are in career transition. I recently had one such meeting and afterwards shared some advice with this individual about how to successfully network in pursuit of landing a new job. I’m sharing that advice here with the hope that others might find it timely and helpful in their professional journey.

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Engagement: Beliefs Beyond the Buzzword

May 4, 2017

When I was a teacher I had a banner in my classroom that read, “If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything.” I liked it then and I recall it now because knowing your personal values can not only help you successfully navigate the pitfalls and pressures of life, but it also explains one of the most overlooked and under-tapped sources of authentic power and progress - one’s personal convictions and core beliefs.

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Partners, Leadership

Succession Planning: By Design, Not Default

April 15, 2016

I’m a teacher. I taught 6th grade language arts and social studies for six years and spent one year in curriculum and administration. In the early 90s, my colleagues and I were passionate about a book called Understanding by Design by Grant Wiggens and Jay McTighe. The authors asserted that the primary goal of education should be the development and deepening of student understanding (shocking, I know), and that the way to achieve that was to do lesson planning “backwards” – beginning with the end in mind.

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