The desire to be liked derails many people. It happens a lot to adolescents and teenagers. Kids want to be accepted. They want to be popular. It’s almost always true that they wish to maintain or improve their social standing. You never see a popular kid roll up to school in the morning, pause, and think deeply about how to become unpopular.
It doesn’t happen. The popular kids want to stay popular. The unpopular kids wish they were popular. That leads to many bad decisions for young people.
There is a lot of talk about how to improve morale. Morale is simply a group’s s sense of positive belief in their work and the organization. Assuming there are solid work performance standards in place, more is better. Sadly, we too often think the answer is to simply give people stuff. We give them plaques, certificates, and other trinkets by the truckload. After we figured out that rewarding others was important a few decades back, we quickly began to over do it – and the trend persists today.
How we view age is about to shift radically. Think about it, we’re seeing huge advances in work-based technologies, and we’re facing a massive wave of retiring baby boomers. What this means is we will see age fade significantly as a key factor in judging talent. What will matter is adding value.
High performance, success, and achievement require exemplary communication skills. Unfortunately, the world has fallen in love with a mode of communication that more often than not facilitates mediocrity. Meet civility: being cordial, nice, congenial, kind. BUT, the type of communication that is required for excellence in organizational life and beyond is in fact often shunned. Meet candor: straight-talk, being a little curt, blunt, to the point. Candor is about saying what needs to be said. It’s about keeping it real. Here’s the million-dollar question: Which one is more important?
Hiring is a process that creates too much risk. It needs a bold makeover. As practiced by most companies, hiring is illogical. We are encouraged to evaluate a... Read More