Got Any Bright Ideas?

Do you feel pressure to come up with new ideas?

Things change so quickly these days, it seems we need new ideas and fresh thinking just to survive. We need to understand how our customers are changing. Will they still need us a year from now? What should we do to our products, distribution, or marketing […]

By |2021-02-20T23:23:20+00:00February 20th, 2021|Categories: Post|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Another Day, Another Scandal – Why Don’t We Learn?

(published January 26, 2021) Another day, another scandal involving executives who are said to have engaged in sexist, racist behavior.

Today’s story has all the usual elements—bad boys whose maturation appears to have stopped in the frat house, traumatized staff afraid of retaliation, and a corporation expressing shock that such things could have […]

By |2021-02-20T23:25:30+00:00January 26th, 2021|Categories: Post|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Terms of Engagement

There’s no debate that companies with engaged employees and diverse teams are more successful. They have greater profitability, lower costs, and higher stock prices than companies with disengaged, homogeneous workforces. For years, studies and real-world experience have shown this to be true, and yet here we are at the beginning of 2021, […]

By |2021-01-20T22:08:03+00:00January 13th, 2021|Categories: Post|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Message: Impossible

A few days ago, Tom Cruise was recorded berating his crew on the UK set of Mission: Impossible 7. His f-bomb-filled rant lasted several minutes. He singled out crew members and threatened everyone with losing their jobs.

Cruise is an actor of course, but as a producer, he’s also the boss. And a movie set […]

By |2020-12-18T20:58:36+00:00December 18th, 2020|Categories: Post|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Penny Wise, A Trillion Dollars Foolish

Theft by employees is roughly a $16 billion problem in US companies. Employees steal through fraud, cheating the accounting department, or stuffing cash or product into their pockets. In response, businesses buy security cameras and motion detectors and hire security guards. They develop tracking procedures and reporting systems, and have their attorneys compose theft […]

By |2020-12-12T01:17:54+00:00December 12th, 2020|Categories: Post|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Penny Wise, A Trillion Dollars Foolish

The Myth of the Golden Gut

Imagine you have a skill so rare and so valuable that companies will pay tremendous amounts of money for access to your talent. They’ll go to great lengths to win you over because your extraordinary abilities can bring riches to your company, accolades to your boss, and thrills to your shareholders.

Because they–and you—believe you have […]

By |2020-12-03T00:25:48+00:00December 3rd, 2020|Categories: Post|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on The Myth of the Golden Gut

10 Interview Questions to Uncover Management Talent

We all know managers have a tremendous impact on the productivity and engagement of their teams. And we know that not everyone can manage people: Gallup says only 10% of people are natural managers and another 20% are coachable.

Upgrading the quality of your existing managers can seem like an arduous task, but one thing […]

By |2020-11-25T00:47:53+00:00November 25th, 2020|Categories: Post|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Insubordination Must Go

Do you know what insubordination is? Do you think your managers do?

It’s an ugly word, isn’t it? Such hierarchical language, hinting at dominance and submission. It all seems so out of place for today’s workforce. “You are my subordinate, I am your superior. You must act submissively, or I shall charge you with insubordination.”

Except that’s […]

By |2020-11-05T14:26:10+00:00November 3rd, 2020|Categories: Post|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Ask Me No Questions

When an employee questions one of your decisions, how does it make you feel? Is your first thought, “Who do they think they are?” Are you tempted to say, “That’s above your pay grade?”

Or are you happy to take a few moments and explain why you made the call you did?

Your answer reveals a lot […]

By |2020-10-27T20:03:30+00:00October 27th, 2020|Categories: Post|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Innovation Needs a Safe Space

In Silicon Valley, people see failure as a necessary part of innovation. If you don’t fail, you’re not taking the risks that can lead to a breakthrough. You’re not risking enough little things to come up with the next big thing.

This is true not only in Silicon Valley, but across the country and across industries. […]

By |2020-10-21T20:44:08+00:00October 21st, 2020|Categories: Post|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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