In the past 30 years, millions of people have lost their jobs to the rise of computerized automation, technology and robots offering unparalleled efficiency, reliability and performance benefits. Experts state that we are at the crucial tipping point often referred to as the ‘great decoupling’, with economic growth for the first time not followed by a similar increase in job creation. Bold predictions state that a robot journalist could win a Pulitzer within 5 years, that all human work will be fully outsourced to robots by 2045 and that humans can even fall in love with and marry robots by 2050…. 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 ways… Read More»
The day-to-day operations of any organization can be a bit like juggling – the right hand needs to know what the left is doing, and the body in the middle has to coordinate the entire process. While it may be possible to keep everything in motion, without proper synchronicity things can only stay that way for a short amount of time before balls start to drop. In companies, marketing and finance often play the role of the two hands…. Read More»
Our personal growth is key to finding joy in our work, and a colleague of mine descriptively said this once: “If you’re green, you’re growing. If you’re ripe, you’re rotting.” I think that’s a pretty descriptive way of saying, “You know what? We’ve got to be in a constant state of growth and reflecting on where we are and where we want to go.” I think we owe it to ourselves to be in this growth loop throughout our career. I’ve heard managers say to me, “Well, I don’t need any more training,” or, “I don’t need any more coaching because I’m a manager now.” You’re never done growing…. Read More»
I’m currently working my way through the series Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters with my daughters. The premise is this: take a long-held belief or story, and put it to the reality test. For instance, one of my favorites is their test of the common expression “like a bull in a china shop.” Mythbusters ran a series of bulls through a mock china shop. You guessed it – the china was fine (bulls are “daintily” nimble and agile).
Can we use this same concept as we think about accelerating our companies towards growth and improving employee engagement? I believe we can…. Read More»
Do you want to know how to identify a truly successful person? It isn’t the car they drive, the title on their business cards, or the heft of their wallet. All of that stuff is fleeting, and all of that stuff is about them. It’s ego food.
No, the way a wise person measures her own success is more like this…… Read More»
I suppose we can claim no harm/no foul on commitments to projects of our own choosing that we later go rogue on. Who really needs another cross stitch and if all tables were beautifully finished why would we need table cloths? The same can’t be said of commitments that we make to others, whether personally or professionally. Commitments we make to people are important – not only for they mean to them, but also for what they make of us. … Read More»
“Yes, and” is a powerful tool for collaboration, negotiation and effective communication. The concept of “Yes, and” comes from the improvisational stage, and over the last 15 years, I’ve seen it transform leaders and teams across industries. Unfortunately, a lot people think that “Yes, but” is the same thing, when actually it is an ugly, nasty, evil twin to “Yes, and.”… 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»
Part of the equation to do work that matters is to know when to engage in strategic conversations. Strategic conversations are purposefully designed conversations intended to produce high-stakes outcomes that deliver results at a critical time for the business. Think of them as the antithesis of meetings-as-usual…. Read More»