People are problem-solvers and are indeed willing to use their set of skills and talents beyond the core of what they have been employed to do. And that is precisely where today’s problem possibly lies: whilst the pin-factory model has disappeared, A. Smith’s underlying principles of ‘specialization of labour’ are still very patent in spite of all that is done for personal development and growth. The direct consequence of this is that people’s talents are largely underused in most contemporary organizations. Today’s organizations should be fluid – so fluid that specialty/expertise can be tapped into at any time, from anywhere…. Read More»
In his book, Bret Ellis renames the Millennial Generation “Generation Wuss.” He claims that we respond to challenges by, “collapsing into sentimentality and creating victim narratives rather than acknowledging the realities of the world and grappling with them and processing them and then moving on, better prepared to navigate an often hostile or indifferent world that doesn’t care if you exist.”… Read More»
YEC (Young Entrepreneur Council) surveyed some folks about who they are most influenced by. Here are the top 8 responses. Q: Which thought leader influences you the most? 1. Gary Vaynerchuk I love Vaynerchuk’s systematic approach to how marketers should actually be marketing in 2014. He’s brutally honest about the strategies he recommends, while also practicing […] Read more… Read More»
In a world gone social, an ever increasing number of organizations are chasing the benefits of social collaboration, both inside and outside their own walls. With initiatives such as Google launching its high altitude balloons to wirelessly connect billions of people in remote areas, global collaboration has never been easier and is expected to surge in the next decade.
How to make sure you don’t suffer from a collaboration hangover?… Read More»
Now I’m not knocking charisma. It’s useful and people tend to be attracted to it. And, from the leader’s perspective, it can seem kind of easy. You just show up. Problem is, that approach only works for well-established and/or highly visible guru-ninja-rockstar leaders. The rest of us need to do our homework before that big day arrives.
So here’s your assignment… … Read More»
Times have changed. We are quick to explain the change by putting it down to the way our needs have altered over the years and how technology is constantly adapting to meet them. However, when it comes to what an employer expects from their employees, are things really that different?
I often think they shouldn’t be. When you strip away all the new technologies, modern processes and latest innovations much of what makes good management is still the same as what it was 100 years ago.
Here are some timeless skills and qualities we should always be thinking about when we hire, train and manage employees.
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Equality typically suffers from a bad reputation in capitalist environments, even to the extent that some consider it to be the biggest threat to capitalism itself. Looking at equality as the even distribution of wealth, it is indeed painstakingly clear that “all animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others”: the 85 richest people in the world have as much wealth as the 3.5 billion poorest, less than 15% of women hold Executive Officer positions in Fortune 500 companies and the US income inequality is at its highest peak since 1928. Yet, is it right to look at equality only in terms of wealth distribution? … Read More»
Simply put, ‘A’ players are great competitors. Who doesn’t want ‘A’ players? Who doesn’t want people who have the talent, skills and drive to make a startup company successful? Avoid overlooking one in your midst by understanding these five characteristics…. Read More»
Team building usually refers to the process of conducting exercises to get people to work well together. While this is an important consideration, I’d say you’re a bit late by this point. The best way to build a team is through a deliberate and thoughtful recruiting process…. Read More»
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»