We all have two lives – the life we live and the life we want. In the latter, we imagine an idealized version of ourselves; swaggering through life with a powerful, self-assured confidence. But life is never quite so simple…. Read More»
Autumn 2020, Looking Back: It began in the fall of 2015. We hit critical mass.
We, the readers of, and contributors to, communities like Switch & Shift — communities dedicated to the human side of business. We, the heads of HR, Training and Development, as well all the 21st Century servant leaders. And we, the consultants who serve those leaders…. Read More»
The vast majority of us dream of a workplace free of competition. One where our ideas are bolstered by coworkers and we can find creative solutions to problems without management questioning every decision. We dream of a workspace where the higher ups understand that hard work doesn’t always produce quantitative results – sometimes just qualitative ones. Most of all, we dream of an environment that promotes knowledge sharing over information hoarding…. Read More»
Good mentors understand that you can’t control a situation, nor can you save someone from themselves…. Read More»
Are leaders as passionate about their work as they expect their employees to be? Why or why not?… Read More»
Chances are, you’ve been a loyal reader of the Switch & Shift blog for some time now. Our hope is that through our authors’ contributions and thought leadership, you’ve grown as a leader – and a human.
Today, we’re announcing a more personal way to engage with fellow members of the Switch & Shift community… a new way to grow and share…… Read More»
Last week I had the opportunity to sit with our team of miners at our Rockville quarry and talk some shop. Blue-collar workers to the core, these front line associates are the heart and soul of our company. They define themselves by their values, their work ethic, and the family like relationships they have with each other. Since spending time with them, there is one more distinguishable attribute I would add to the list… common sense. As Voltaire said, “common sense is not so common.” In the case of our Rockville miners, I do not think that could be further from the truth…. Read More»
As 2014 came to a close, so did another chapter of our lives. Written are 365 more days of our leadership, our influence and impact on others. Before we look to 2015 to develop our #LeadershipResolutions, we must first debrief the recently closed annum. Take some time. Like a Fighter Pilot after a combat sortie, sit with your wingmen and determine what went right, what went wrong, what could have been done better and which mission objectives were achieved or missed. This is the first and most critical step in improving performance in the coming year…. Read More»
Very soon, a lot of people will be exiting the workforce.
Baby boomers, or people born between 1946 and 1964 are set to retire soon. A poll done by AARP showed that 48% of companies have no intention to do any strategic planning about how this huge amount of retirement will affect their business.
When I think about this, I see the potential to miss a huge opportunity. Imagine all of the knowledge, skills, and insight this generation has. As leaders, it would be a shame to let that go to waste and profoundly foolish not to tap into that…. Read More»
“There is no glass ceiling if you start at the top.” I read that line this morning in an article praising the glory of entrepreneurship and I thought, that really describes my life now. I mean, no one ever would have promoted me to CEO. I wouldn’t even have been considered a good ‘diversity […] Read more… Read More»