“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
Recently, our friends at IBM were kind enough to ask Mark and me a few questions about our book, A World Gone Social. The following one-minute+ YouTube video covers some of what we uncovered in five years of research.Read More
In business, traditions are wearing thin when it comes to how we are organized and what it takes to lead people to achieve success.
I believe that organizations are in a massive transition from hierarchal beliefs about business and leadership to more free-form, collaborative beliefs. And the transition is unnerving for many.
To give some shape to this transition, I interview Dan Pontefract.Read More
In the five years it took us to research A World Gone Social, nothing came as more of a delight to me personally than the emergence of the social CEO. When the leader gets the power of social, change from an Industrial Age mindset to one of the Social Age won’t just be another short-lived initiative like all the rest. Once the CEO is social there won’t be any turning back: the organization will go social, too.Read More
Can one question transform the way people experience you as a human being? Can one question, asked in a warm and playful spirit of inquiry, validate even the least-friendly people you meet, and in doing, win you a new friend… or even a free cab ride in New York City?
Recently, Leaguer and friend Susan Mazza introduced me to a remarkable couple, two of her dear friends who she thought I should collaborate with on a project I’m exploring for Switch and Shift. And she told me, for the sake of this project, it’s the husband, Juergen, who has the skill sets most relevant to me.
But life isn’t all about relevant skill sets, is it?Read More