Do you remember the thrill you felt when you just joined a firm or project team? The intellectual sparks that brought feelings of untapped, incredible possibilities? Possibilities of what you could create, the impact you could generate, or the difference you could make with the resources at your disposal? You were ready to lead, run with it, engage with others, and prove yourself. The sky was the limit. At least until you ran into that someone we’ve all met in our careers – the person who has “been there and done that.” They were too focused on the roadblocks to see the possibilities you saw so clearly…. Read More»
Do Less Better: The Power of Strategic Sacrifice in a Complex World isn’t the first book on focus, nor will it be the last. But the element that separates this book from the others is the “how” – how one finds focus in a business world that is more complex than ever before. All the way from the C-suite’s choice of markets in which to compete, to the daily to-do list, the “how” is one’s capacity to make tough strategic choices and tough strategic sacrifices…. Read More»
Precious gems that leave staff feeling valued, also make work a fun a place to be. Few can afford priceless gifts for everybody at work, yet everybody can ring in holidays at work with lasting takeaways in bright packages. To create holiday extras that others will find festive—yet you can afford—consider the brainy benefits within […] Read more… Read More»
With the advancement of technology, with the new demographics (GenYers for example who are slowly taking over the organization) the meaning of Work has changed – and with it ‘Employment Engagement’ as it is so narrowly measured today has ceased to be valid. … Read More»
CEOs define success in terms of revenue and money. Knowing that, VPs focus on numbers and justifying decisions. Managers worry about costs while trying to make sure the team is strong enough to accomplish goals. Supervisors want to make sure the team performs well, and so on.
The typical top-down recognition needs to change, and in its place should be a more timely, peer-to-peer recognition program…. Read More»
According to a study by Weber Shandwick, the large majority of Fortune 500 CEOs know that being active in social media helps them build the company brand, make connections with employees and customers, and appear more approachable…. Read More»
For values to have meaning and impact, they need to shape your beliefs and behaviors. They are your origins. Whether at home or at work, your personal values don’t change. They are woven into your being. They shape how you make sense of the world. But be mindful of biases that trick you to believe and act in ways that lead you astray from what you stand for…. Read More»
Life goals. They are what drive us. They are the measure by which we evaluate our success and the lens through which we determine our satisfaction. Like many, I have both professional life goals and personal ones. The goal we will discuss here involved completing what is seen as one of the greatest feats of […] Read more… Read More»
Trust is the foundation on which most (admittedly, not all) relationships are built and maintained.
In business, a wide range of research validates that trust is also a powerful driver for competitive advantage and for most organizational success measures. However, before you rally the troops to form a circle of trust, a warning in this post to get clear on the Paradox of Pursuing Trust, because without an understanding of this fragile paradox, you may just receive the reverse of that which you intend…. Read More»
It has become the most overused leadership cliché of the past decade or so. Mind you, I am in favor of not being inauthentic. But you and I can authentically be many things. Which authentic self will you bring?… Read More»