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The five top leadership issues to watch out for in 2018

Happy new year everyone!  I hope your 2018 is already off to a fantastic start, both on the personal and well as professional fronts.  I’m excited to be kicking off a new year on the blog, looking forward to another great year of sharing tips and exchanging ideas, starting conversations and perhaps even some arguments, all in the pursuit of becoming even better leaders than you already are!

My first day of the new year came with a special bonus — my first 2018 column for The Globe & Mail was published in their New Year’s Day edition, both print and online!

The five employee-related trends that will gain the greatest momentum in the upcoming yearThe Globe & Mail, January 1, 2018

In The five top leadership issues in 2018, I make my predictions for the top five employee-related trends in the upcoming year.  My goal in creating this list of top-of-mind leadership issues was to give you insights as to where you should focus and emphasize your energy and effort as you go boldly into the future.  My forecasts come predominantly from two sources – from hundreds of conversations I have had with people in organizations this past year (including likely you), all the way from senior executives to front-line workers, and from my ongoing perusal of a wide variety of publications and academic journals. None of these five issues that I outline in this column are new; in fact, they’ve been gradually gaining traction for the past several years. But in 2018, I anticipate that attention to these five areas will gain the greatest momentum.

So take a read through and tell me what you think.  Is this what you’re seeing in your workplace as well?  The Globe has temporarily turned off commenting on articles while they resolve some technology issues, so you can’t comment directly on their site.  But I’d love to hear your thoughts right here on the blog.  Please add your perspectives on the top leadership issues in 2018 by leaving a comment below.  I’d love to hear from you.

Sometimes, The Globe puts my columns behind their paywall. If that happens and you are unable to access the article directly through the link above, we have archived a pdf version at this link.

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