Laughter and play are essential components for resilience. When it comes to leadership in complex times, a sense of humor ranks up there with strategic thinking and superb communication skill…. Read More»
Despite its early success, Sears began to have trouble when it starting diverting its attention from its retail roots. Starting in 1993, Arthur Martinez proposed a change in Sears’ culture that would focus on the level of employee satisfaction and how it impacts profits…. Read More»
In 2014 we had our busiest year yet, providing quality content to you from a variety of different categories. We thought it would be fun to consolidate the best articles that ran in each of the series’ we hosted or co-hosted this year! So in calendar order and without further ado, here are the top articles from each series we ran in 2014. Be sure to bookmark this page, it hosts some of our (and YOUR) favorite articles last year! Enjoy!… Read More»
Seven months ago, the Rustic Crust was on track for record sales of its all-natural pizza crust. Investors were enthused about soon-to-launch products that were gluten-free, thin crusts, and basil pesto. Founder and CCEO Brad Sterl was thrilled.
Then-disaster! Fire burned the rural New Hampshire factory to the ground on March 6…. Read More»
Sometimes we get stuck focusing on the deficits in life. We do so at the risk of maximizing and promoting the assets, or the good things. This is certainly true when it comes to workplace morale. … Read More»
Yes, our organizations are many things. One thing they are NOT, however — at least for most of us — is a center of wellbeing.
People who write (and obsess) about the things I write (and obsess) about often reference statistics and studies about things like employee engagement. You’ve probably heard stats like two out of every three people in the US are not engaged at work. This is true, terrible, and a helpful measurement for us to understand what’s going on, but what if there’s an even bigger problem to contend with?… Read More»
Just last week I found a new favorite radio show on NPR: Snap Judgment, hosted by Glynn Washington. And here’s the segment of his show that hooked me: Tatyana Brown’s “National Holiday Project.”
Tatyana, a poet, found herself in a situation very familiar to most of the poets and other artists in the world through time immemorial: working a “real” job to pay the bills.
In Tatyana’s case…… Read More»
I shared recently how I’ve been holding myself back lately, trying to appear reasonable in order to bring more doubters over to The Human Side of Business. I think a big part of that was my own fear of being rejected. But finally it occurred to me, you know what? That’s enough. Like the Far Side cartoon, Noah’s Ark is casting off from the dock. If we leave a couple of dinosaurs behind… well, you can only help the willing…. Read More»
Great news!! Just in time for the Holidays, my Snippet, Return on Morale, is absolutely free today through Monday, December 9. Return on Morale is part “Ted’s Greatest Leadership Hits,” from my most popular blog posts here on Switch and Shift, and part original bonus material. Plus, every short chapter has video embedded right in […] Read more… Read More»
Editor’s Note: We are honored to run a mini-series called The Values Revolution authored by our very own leaguer, Dana Theus. This is article 2 in the series. Be sure to check out the rest of the series HERE. In Part 1 I outlined a growing problem leaders in large organizations face today, which is the […] Read more… Read More»