I can hear the jokes already and most of them are not politically correct. As we get ready to enter a holiday proclaimed as LABOR Day, we should look at work. Let me throw out a word that we often don’t attach to work. I think it is a word of redemption, of contribution, of achievement, of community, and ultimately, of legacy.Read More
When I was an “on-air talent” on an NBC show, one of the first things they tested before I was hired was my likeability, what the TV industry and others dub the “Q” factor. Even though I tested high on that range I was keenly aware that it mattered more than my journalism experience, smarts, willingness to work hard or aptitude for this job. In fact, I believed that at least three other candidates were better qualified. Others call this effect the Mitt Romney mistake.Read More
More and more offices exist at the corner, situated in the messy confluences of cultures and technologies and in the borderlands of traditional disciplines. As a millennial leader myself, I see the ways our generation’s coming of age in the workforce has primed us to lead from these spaces, to support a more inclusive and empathetic framework, and, ultimately, to embrace failure as an inevitable process towards achievement.Read More
I started Capital Good Fund (CGF), a nonprofit financial services company, when I was 24. At 29, I am proud to say that I run a tremendously successful, innovative and rapidly growing social change organization, one that has garnered local, state and national attention. After five years in this role, I’ve seen a lot about what is right and wrong with the social sector: old ways of thinking about philanthropy and inchoate changes to that thinking.Read More
Working through a series of jobs with varying roles in leadership and in the midst the worst economic recession since the depression, I have had the opportunity to view life and work through different lenses. Even as a true millennial I have experienced the good, the bad, and the great examples in leadership. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that you can’t get anywhere leading people without trust, optimism and perspective. These are, “TOP Leaders”.Read More
Generation Y is derided in the media and typecast in the business world for its perceived collective traits: A need for recognition, a perceived lack of focus and a lackluster work ethic. But like many of you, I have the pleasure of working with several Millennials. They’re valued members of my team and of our global organization, contributing new ideas, fresh energy and a passion for technology (a benefit for any business, but especially a technology company like ours).Read More
I’m sure it’s not really surprising for you to discover that having intentional and reciprocally-valued trust relationships is one of the most highly correlated indicators of reported life satisfaction, and also, not surprisingly, the research validates that relationships are important across all cultures.
What I’m concerned about, however, is what I refer to as the global devaluing of trust.Read More
Whether a quote is attributed to Mother Teresa, Confucius, Bill Gates or your mother, truth is true – regardless of who voiced it or what pages may or may not have recorded it. Certainly, one of the oldest and well-known pieces of wisdom (i.e., truth about life) is what has come to be called the Golden Rule. Most of us would even claim that we live by the Golden Rule. Can you quote it? Take a moment now to test your recollection.Read More
From my research, I believe we want leaders whom we can readily connect with, trust their words, and believe in their commitment to a build a better future for more than the ‘chosen” and/or special interests.
I do believe there is a secret code—because if it wasn’t secret, we’d see more leaders using these straight-forward communication concepts.Read More
Virtual companies can often run like well-oiled machines, with high productivity and work-life balance for employees, well, in balance. I founded the 1 Million for Work Flexibility movement because I know just how valuable work flexibility is for both employees and for companies.Read More
Leading a small business, nonprofit, sports team, or busy corporation through a turnaround is part of the job for owners, executive directors, and CEOs today. Troubled business models are either failing stubbornly or being bought out by fresh-faced entrepreneurs armed with modern metrics and a better operational strategy.
Workplace pitfalls and land mines abound if your core strategy is not communicated honestly and completely from the outset to the entire team. Malalignment of job execution, product ROI and service ROE are the genesis of most fiscal failures.Read More
FutureMaker (noun) \ˈfyü-chər ˈmā-kər\ : a person responsible for making the future happen and inspiring others to do the same. Creating major culture change at an...Read More