The rules of engagement become the rebar in the concrete for this human foundation. When an individual is put under stress you can reduce the chance of fractures to the organization by integrating these rules of engagement as added support for the human concrete of your organization.
In my experiences I have found three rules of engagement that work together to help put a strong foundation in place.read more
In this, the Transformation Decade of 2010-2020, it is also the decade of the collapse of legacy thinking; thinking from the past that is no longer accurate or relevant. This means that the decade 2010-2020 is the first decade of 21st century thought. So, as a leader of humans who are all going through this time of transformative change, are you a 21st century leader? Are you leading with vision or using and out of date strategy road map?read more
Failure is often seen as the opposite of success, as a culmination of bad decisions or choices. In business, this could mean missing sales quota, missing project delivery dates, or simply missing company objectives. On a much larger scale this can look like a full-scale business failure, layoffs, or bankruptcy. So why is failure important?read more
More and more offices exist at the corner, situated in the messy confluences of cultures and technologies and in the borderlands of traditional disciplines. As a millennial leader myself, I see the ways our generation’s coming of age in the workforce has primed us to lead from these spaces, to support a more inclusive and empathetic framework, and, ultimately, to embrace failure as an inevitable process towards achievement.read more
While there are clearly situations that call for complete change where trade-offs do apply, there are also times where the wisdom of “both-and” is much more applicable. “Both-and” in a sense that current qualities or aspects of an organization are not lost in order to gain something new. Instead, current and new conditions are both brought forward and the positive effect more often then not can be exponential.read more
I started Capital Good Fund (CGF), a nonprofit financial services company, when I was 24. At 29, I am proud to say that I run a tremendously successful, innovative and rapidly growing social change organization, one that has garnered local, state and national attention. After five years in this role, I’ve seen a lot about what is right and wrong with the social sector: old ways of thinking about philanthropy and inchoate changes to that thinking.read more
Working through a series of jobs with varying roles in leadership and in the midst the worst economic recession since the depression, I have had the opportunity to view life and work through different lenses. Even as a true millennial I have experienced the good, the bad, and the great examples in leadership. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that you can’t get anywhere leading people without trust, optimism and perspective. These are, “TOP Leaders”.read more
Generation Y is derided in the media and typecast in the business world for its perceived collective traits: A need for recognition, a perceived lack of focus and a lackluster work ethic. But like many of you, I have the pleasure of working with several Millennials. They’re valued members of my team and of our global organization, contributing new ideas, fresh energy and a passion for technology (a benefit for any business, but especially a technology company like ours).read more
I’m sure it’s not really surprising for you to discover that having intentional and reciprocally-valued trust relationships is one of the most highly correlated indicators of reported life satisfaction, and also, not surprisingly, the research validates that relationships are important across all cultures.
What I’m concerned about, however, is what I refer to as the global devaluing of trust.read more
Simply put, ‘A’ players are great competitors. Who doesn’t want ‘A’ players? Who doesn’t want people who have the talent, skills and drive to make a startup company successful? Avoid overlooking one in your midst by understanding these five characteristics.read more