I opted out of Klout years ago. Before I was ever listed, ranked, or nominated by Forbes, Huffington Post Tech, The Shorty Awards – before any of that. Before landing a book contract for A World Gone Social. Before winning my first consulting gig for social media strategy, or giving my first keynote on the topic.
Are you with me? Having no score on Klout hasn’t slowed me down in any way.read more
As technology automates even more work to increase productivity, and as workplace tasks become even more complex, today’s jobs are demanding higher cognitive skills with emphasis being placed on exercising judgement and coping with uncertainty.
In this respect, business leaders, managers and human resources departments are being challenged to identify, hire and reward engaged employees capable of thriving in ever changing and ambiguous environments.read more
Though small in size, TinyHR is mighty in it’s impact as a young start-up. Located in Seattle, WA founder of TinyHR David Niu has created a technology solution, TinyPulse, to help get timely feedback from employees on important topics to help nurture a culture that fosters an esprit de corp. But an esprit de corp is hardly enough. It needs to yield results important to the organization and to the employee. Employees need to be engaged in their work. Recently TinyHR analyzed the data they collected to find trends on employee engagement and...read more
Do you remember a time in your life when you were down in the dumps? Things got so far away from you, you felt as though you couldn’t live another day? Remember? You felt like you were drowning. It may have been because your workload stressed you out, an important relationship went sour, or your financial affairs got out of control. Lets look at a scenario . . .read more
During a presentation on product innovation in New York City, I was asked a great question: “What tools do I need to be an innovator?” My answer was simple and for many, surprising: “Your eyes and ears.” Opportunities are all around us. When we take the time to notice them, they can stimulate more creative thoughts within each of us. And I really should have added “feet,” because the day before I had walked 40 Manhattan blocks looking for interesting and outrageous inputs to spur my own innovative thinking. Here are two examples of what I found.read more
The mainspring of motivation is the belief that something different, perhaps better, is possible. It is that cause that motivational leaders tap into when inspiring others. And from such beliefs habits emerge that perpetuate goodness, possibility, and the desire to do more, to achieve more. Motivational leaders incite action and deepen relationships. The habits of motivational leaders foster a bias for action and connectedness amongst all those fortunate to be inspired by such people.read more
When companies tell me their workplace culture and trendy furniture build employee engagement, I try to help them see that they’re focusing on the wrong part of the equation. They’re focusing on what, not why. The “what” can reveal a lot about a company, but it’s the “why” that tells you it’s a good company to work with. What factors contribute to the “why” of employee engagement? Here are the top 5 questions I ask business and HR leaders to answer. They’re intentionally written from an employee’s point-of-view. If you answer honestly, your organization’s engagement strengths and weaknesses should become more clear:read more
During the past two decades of developing leaders and helping organizations thrive, I’ve learned a lot about what great leaders do to succeed in an increasingly complex and interdependent world. Global forces such as disruptive innovation, environmental degradation, population shifts, and stakeholder influence continue to converge to transform how business operates. These challenges require leaders to evolve their capabilities to do more than build profitable organizations; they must also create a better world.
With this landscape in mind, I’ve captured the most critical leadership capabilities in what I refer to as the BOLDEST Leadership Competency model stressing mastery in seven areas…read more
There is a plethora of articles, books, and blog posts about the need for and benefit of networking. They talk about the benefit to one’s career, being able to learn new ideas and viewpoints that lead to innovative business models, products, services, and impact, connecting people together that wouldn’t normally meet, which can lead to infusing new fresh talent in organizations and to creating a platform for sharing your own ideas and passions. Yet, one of the rarely discussed benefits of networking, perhaps because it’s less tangible, its rewards less apparent and wide-reaching, and its impact less glamorous, is…read more
As a writer, educator, and lover of learning and life, I make it a habit to notice people. Whether I am in the classroom or in a business, I notice everyone I meet, and I let him or her know it.read more