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About Martha Duesterhoft

Martha Duesterhoft is a Partner with PeopleResults, a consultancy that guides organizations and individuals to “start the wave” of change. Martha provides executive coaching with a focus on leadership behaviors and has worked on various projects with clients including PepsiCo, Microsoft, McKesson, Bell Helicopter, Catholic Charities, Texas Christian University and many others on how to realize results through people. Martha is an instructor for Southern Methodist University’s Executive Education.

Website: http://www.people-results.com/

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Understanding Your Brain Results in Better Collaboration

Posted on October 8th, by Martha Duesterhoft in education/training. No Comments

It happened again…my dog hunted and “captured” a rabbit in our backyard! I have a Basenji, which is a breed from Africa who has hunting instincts, especially rodents. Those hunting instincts are strong and she just can’t help herself.

Just as animals have those natural instincts, so do we humans. Our brains are wired for social interaction.

Dr. David Rock is … Read More »

The Importance of Leading with Questions

Posted on July 10th, by Martha Duesterhoft in on the job. 1 Comment

One key attribute that makes leaders successful is having a point of view. You are being paid to be a great thinker and make decisions. However, many make the faulty assumption that they have to come up with all the answers on their own and end up doing more talking than listening.

While I agree leaders do … Read More »

Mindfulness: Understand Your Brain for Better Productivity

Posted on March 14th, by Martha Duesterhoft in on the job. No Comments

Have you read much lately on “Mindfulness”? Mindfulness has been around for a long time but often associated with meditation and quiet reflection time. Most people think of it as being “aware” of what is going on within and around you. A more tangible way to think about it is “being present in the moment”, … Read More »

Your Career is a Reflection on Your Life

Posted on January 15th, by Martha Duesterhoft in Career Advice. No Comments

When I think of the word, “career”, I think in terms of one’s lifework. It’s about the aspect of life devoted to working. For most of us, that is a long time span and, on average, consists of about 25% of the total hours in a year.

So what career strategies can be put in place … Read More »

Are You Likable Enough to Have a Fulfilling Career?

Posted on December 12th, by Martha Duesterhoft in on the job, Trends. 1 Comment

We all have worked with people who build a career based on their deep skills and expertise. However, how many of those people find themselves “derailed” or “topped out” as they move up in an organization because they are difficult and no one really wants to deal with them?

Research has proven, time after time, that people … Read More »

Career Passion: Have You Found It?

Posted on September 11th, by Martha Duesterhoft in Career Advice. No Comments

Are you hyped to spring out of bed on Monday morning and dive into your work? OR Are you already counting down to next weekend?

This is not a new revelation, but if your work incorporates your passion…it doesn’t feel like work anymore!

I recently returned from vacation in Europe and spent some … Read More »

You Get Paid To Make Decisions. Are You Confident In Your Process?

Posted on August 11th, by Martha Duesterhoft in on the job. 1 Comment

Advancing in your career comes with the requirement of making more decisions. Those decisions impact employees, customers and financial results. Your ability to make good decisions in a timely manner can make or break your career. Given that, I thought it might be helpful to outline a process and options to consider.

Step 1: Understand the … Read More »

Two “Never Forget” Items In Building A Successful Career

Posted on January 19th, by Martha Duesterhoft in on the job. No Comments

I’m currently teaching a course at the University of Washington in Training & Development and facilitated a great conversation about two things that can make a huge difference in your career success. The discussion was focused on the necessity of and process for conducting a thorough Needs Assessment before diving into design & development work of a … Read More »

Making Time For Personal Development Planning is No Waste of Time!

Posted on November 17th, by Martha Duesterhoft in Career Advice, personality assessment, Trends. No Comments

When is the last time you set aside time to reflect and plan for your OWN career development? Can’t remember? Been too long?

Well, maybe this fun fact from the Corporate Leadership Council (CLC) will give you that needed nudge. According to CLC, the use of Individual Development Plans (IDPs) increases the effectiveness of leadership development … Read More »

Your Relationships + Your Value = Networking Success

Posted on August 25th, by Martha Duesterhoft in Career Advice, networking/interviewing. 3 comments

“Networking” – it’s a term that gives many people that sick feeling, especially if you are more of an introvert. However, if you make a paradigm shift and think of it in terms of simply building relationships, it’s not so much more palatable.  When you have a strong network, it ultimately makes getting things done … Read More »