Admittedly, there are more differences between corporate America and NFL culture than there are similarities — and it’s safe to say that work related stress in the office is not as likely to lead to the violent extremes that you’d see from a professional football player for whom aggression is his stock-in-trade. But both cultures operate in a broader culture where seeking out or receiving help is largely verboten — in the NFL because it betrays weakness, on the corporate side because of the fear of exposure and the possibility of negative career consequences. That said, there are valuable lessons to be learned — and applied — on the corporate side from these recent incidents, and the way the league, teams and … Read More»
When the Good Arthur was reinstated as the much beloved leader of Market Basket, it closed the story to a modern day Greek battle. Central to this epic tale was the role values played in shaping a triumphant outcome for employees, customers, and the store’s suppliers…. Read More»
Here in the United States, we’re celebrating thanksgiving today. A holiday surrounded by the idea of giving thanks. Among the many other things we’re thankful for, YOU are our greatest blessing. We wanted to extend a heartfelt thanks to our generous community. You are a people of great resolve and character, and we are honored you’ve chosen to spend so much time, talents, and treasures supporting the human-side movement. We have truly become a community of purpose and it’s a privilege to work alongside all of you. Thank you…. Read More»
There’s something inherently powerful about a group of individuals working together to accomplish a common goal. Business is no different.
Teams are at the core of how business gets done. As the manager of a team of professionals, there are a lot of questions I constantly ask myself. How do I get the most out of my team? How do I help them work together more effectively to be more productive? How do I challenge them to develop, both personally and professionally?… Read More»
Our conventional wisdom about millennials is often proven false when we look at the research. While millennials get a reputation in the media for being lazy or noncommittal, research from Modern Survey shows that Gen Y is actually the most engaged generation in the American workforce. 18% of Millennials are fully engaged at work (compared to just 12 or 13% of Gen Y and Baby Boomers)…. Read More»
For our ancestors, belonging to a group that shared the workload and helped protect each other was essential for survival. As a result our brains are hard-wired to motivate us toward connection and belonging. In fact, recent research in neuroscience has indicated that social needs are managed using the same neural networks as used for primary survival needs such as food and water. Belonging can literally feel like a life or death matter…. Read More»
Being a manager, or boss, is not easy. Managers need to balance their workload and inspire their team to do their best work. It takes patience, tenacity, grit, even humor to juggle the demands of being the boss. So, I thought it was important to take time to look at what makes a great boss. […] Read more… Read More»
YEC (Young Entrepreneur Council) surveyed some folks about frustrating Millennial stigmas. Here are the responses. What myth about being a Millennial creates obstacles for you and how can you overcome it? 1. We’re Constantly Distracted by Our Devices Technology is changing the way everyone lives. This isn’t only true for the younger generation. While we […] Read more… Read More»
There is a serious problem with the way we work.
Most employees are disengaged and not passionate about the work they do. This is costing companies a ton of money in lost productivity, absenteeism, and turnover. It’s also harmful to employees, because they’re more stressed out than ever.
The thing that bothers me the most about it, is that this is all so easy to fix. I can’t figure out why managers aren’t more proactive about this…. Read More»
Why are we always so focused on what’s NOT right? It’s partly human nature, partly habit, and we are just drawn to solve the biggest breakdowns in the business. The problem is that when we do this, we neglect to focus on what actually is working. And that’s where the real opportunity lies…. Read More»