Legacy thinking are thoughts from the past, what the thinking was that used to work. Everywhere in the world today there is massive collapse of legacy thinking. A leader can put her entire organization at risk if she leads with legacy thinking as it used to work. Think how a rower moves forward; backing into where they are going. Is that how you lead?Read More
Why write a piece on how to create a toxic workplace? I want readers to have labels that make it easier to identify toxic behaviors that undermine people’s abilities to do their best work. When we can label something, we can more easily address the problem.
The list below doesn’t include some of the more obvious examples of toxic work environments: yelling, public tantrums, passive-aggressive behaviors, or controlling behaviors.Read More
Followership is essential to efficient operations and administration. There is zero time (or extra capital) for backstabbing, drama, or dishonest agendas. True teamwork and innovation require transparent, unbiased, on-point followership via every desk in the organization. In Col. Larry Donnithorne’s classic, “The West Point Way,” followership is expertly defined in three waysRead More
“Be Trustworthy: Act with integrity and always keep your word.” Sounds fairly straightforward, doesn’t it? And to many of us, this is our default position already; being trustworthy is a matter of pride. But we can all probably think of a person right now who could use a couple of reasons to behave in a more honorable manner, huh? For that shifty schemer in everyone’s life, our friend Barbara Kimmel came up with this terrific list of ten reasons to be trustworthy…Read More
“He is totally out of control; always questioning why we do things, coming up with strange and silly ideas of how we could do things differently and showing little respect for authorities, and our well-established routines, rules and traditions. On a number of occasions he has even initiated new activities without asking for my permission. “Thank you, that is exactly what I suspected,” I answered, hung up and then called the candidate and told him that the job was his.Read More
As a species, humans love to complain, and we seem to really love to complain about the younger generations. However, it’s time to give the kid-bashing a rest and look at the ways that working with the Millennial generation (18-30 years old) helps us be better leaders and build better companies.Read More
The time is ripe for a new kind of leadership that respects brains and beliefs of all humans. A lifetime of studying brains, valuing differences where I work globally, and leading from a center of belief in God, convinces me that brains and beliefs offer lynchpins for a balanced leadership that includes all.Read More
According to business owner, designer and author Brian Sooy, a business must know what it stands for to make a difference. In this episode of Work That Matters, Shawn explores with Brian what the elements are to be a business that is clear on what it stands for – what it’s cause it. We dip into Brian’s book Raise Your Voice to guide the conversation.Read More
In 2007, I started speaking about Those Pesky Millennials. It seemed that every business I walked into shared the same great pain:
“No work ethic. Entitled. Pain in the ass. Kids—what’s wrong with them?”
It was the pain du jour. So I added my voice to the choir of help. And what I added distilled down into this: The millennial generation may be a pampered lot, but they have a lot to teach us.
Consider these messages from Gen Why…Read More
We live in a hyperactive world in which active lifestyles and overachievers are celebrated. In fact, we try to squeeze as much as we can into the day –– with no time to spare. When we’re not busy multitasking, we’re racing from activity to activity. Right? So when was the last time you did nothing, simply because you thought doing nothing was time well spent?Read More
If you had to sum up everything you believe about leadership, your core philosophy, in just one word, what word would you choose?
Would you choose Accountability? Vision? Inspiration? Resolve?
Those are all incredibly important, but there’s one that trumps these words, these skills and traits.Read More
MIT professor Thomas Malone riffs on the future of the workplace. It’s an interesting take. Here are a few highlights:
We’ll see an increase in human freedom in organizations, changing the way businesses are run. This is fueled, impart, by new technologies.
With new technologies driving down the cost of communications, decision making will become more decentralized due to the ease and access to large amounts of information.
Newer organizational structures will emerge