I’m realistic. I know your time is tight and that you’ve got lots of other priorities. My career probably isn’t at the top of your list. Don’t worry—I’ve gotten the message that I own my career. I just need a thinking partner who’ll help me step back every once in a while and focus on my development.

—An employee (perhaps yours)

If you’re like most managers, you care. You’ve become accustomed to taking on more and more, expanding your job description with countless “other duties as assigned”—and even some that aren’t. Developing the careers of the people who report to you is on a growing (read: crushing) list of to-dos.

What if you could reimagine ...

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