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Katherine Jones didn't set out to have a career in the human capital management world—her dream was to work in academia, as president of a university. But her life took her in various other directions, and the self-proclaimed "horse enthusiast" held firmly onto the reins.
Throughout her impressive professional journey, Jones has served as assistant dean at the University of Connecticut, director of marketing at Netsuite, vice president of human capital management research at Bersin by Deloitte and parter at Mercer.
Get to know more about her outlook on life and work below, and learn how career switching has shaped her success.
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10 ways to conduct one-on-one meetings with impact
One of the basic premises of being an effective leader is to have regular one-on-one meetings with your staff. Yet often, these meetings feel like torture to the employee, lacking forethought and focus. In such cases, leaders need to recognize that the value of these interactions extends beyond mere formality. To make these one-on-ones effective, leaders should prepare for each meeting, set clear agendas and actively listen to their employees' concerns and feedback.