It was announced this week that the University of Southern California had hired the University of Washington’s head football coach, and former USC assistant, Steve Sarkisian.
It has been an up-and-down season for USC, who fired head football coach Lane Kiffin after starting the season 3 -2. Kiffin was replaced by current assistant coach Ed Orgeron, who then took the team and went 6-2 the rest of the season after taking over for Kiffin.
The players wanted Orgeron to get the head coaching job. USC’s athletic director decided to go outside the program to find his next head coach, despite Orgeron’s success.
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“People who love their jobs aren’t choosing jobs they love – they’re making jobs they love,” says Dr. Shane Lopez, Gallup senior scientist and author of Making Hope Happen.
Dr. Lopez interviewed thousands of workers to discover the attributes and behaviors shared by people who love their jobs and discovered that a beloved job rarely started out as a dream job.
Employees who loved their jobs found a good job, and then proactively shaped it into a job they could love. At the same time, they surrounded themselves with people in the workplace who cared about and encouraged their progress.
Dr. Lopez offers these additional insights for creating a job you’ll love: Read more…
Chris Argyris passed away last month, at the age of 90.
This Harvard Business School professor earned 14 honorary doctorates, produced 30 books, and published over 150 articles. Anyone in the field of Human Resources should know of this man’s contributions to the field of understanding, as the frame a foundation for improving human performance.
Think about this: We make decisions every day. We go through a process to do so.
Argyris defined this process as the “ladder of inference.” He pointed out that we often skip steps in the thinking process, for example starting with assumptions rather than real data. Starting with assumptions, not only eliminates gathering facts, but also looking at the context surrounding the facts, and then interpreting the facts within the context. Read more…
I sat next to him because he never spoke.
They were 10-hour days. The work wasn’t challenging. In fact, I spent most of my day trying to look busy.
And, on top of it, I had to ride a bus out to a facility in the middle of the high desert in Idaho — an hour and 20 minutes there and an hour and 20 minutes home. Of course, while I was on the bus, I wanted to sleep.
He was graying, slightly overweight, and weathered. He didn’t look like a person anyone would want to be seated next to on a bus. That meant the seat next to him was always open. And, for nearly three months, I took it. Read more…
I get a ton of email from people who complain about their bosses.
And I have several readers who never feel supported enough. Some of you think your boss is incompetent. Still others complain that your boss isn’t your friend.
That’s too bad. I always send those readers over to Ask a Manager. She is such a great writer. There is no question she hasn’t been asked. You can search her archives for an answer to your problem.
I think we have a huge problem in the marketplace. Management gurus tell us that a) everyone is capable of greatness; and, b) leaders should make everyone feel capable of greatness even when that isn’t true. Read more…
On one side of the campfire sat “Newbie” — a 20-something who was ripe with energy. On the other side of the fire sat “Senior” — a 60-something who was stacked with wisdom.
It wasn’t often a new guy was invited to our annual canoe trip in Canada. Most of the group had been making the grueling trip into the middle of the wilderness for at least a decade.
So, on the first night of our trip, Senior was sharing some of the rules of the island — like how our food bag was hung by a rope, on a tree branch, every night, so that a hungry bear wouldn’t steal it while we slept. Read more…
Thanksgiving is a time for family.
We have the eccentric uncle or an unpredictable cousin, but they are family. We enjoy the day and take a deep breath knowing we only see Uncle Buck once per year.
But, if you have the same eccentric characters playing key roles on your team, it’s not that easy. And, it’s every day.
Recognize individual habits that impact everyone. Your team is counting on you. Read more…
“Employees are the most valuable asset that any organization has. In the past managers said ‘jump” and the employees said, ‘How high?’ Now, the managers are jumping with employees.” — Jacob Morgan, American business writer
During the past generation or so, something unusual has happened in business: managers have evolved from the boss to a team player.
Figuratively, they are still in charge, of course, but leaders realized they got farther by being in partnership with their employees. They act more like a visionary facilitator, rather than a strategy imposter. Read more…
As is becoming more prevalent, there are three emails in my inbox this morning, all with some post or webinar about “Big Data.”
TLNT is hosting a webinar titled Enabling Success With Big Data – Driven Talent Acquisition, Talent Management magazine has an article, Where’s the Value In Talent Analytics, and Chief Learning Officer magazine has The ‘Datafication’ of Learning.
Recently, LinkedIn published an article (Why We No Longer Need HR Departments) and a Spreecast (Is It Time To Fire Your HR Department?), both featuring Bernard Marr, described as a “best-selling author and enterprise performance expert.” The post had 19,000 LinkedIn shares, and 1,143 tweets as of 2 pm the day it was published. Read more…
“In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is King” — Erasmus of Rotterdam
I love quotes, but sometimes one comes across that you have not heard of and it is all too powerful. My interpretation is even someone without much talent or ability is considered special by those with no talent or ability at all.
I had a conversation a few weeks back from a young professional that I mentor. On her LinkedIn page, she listed herself as a “PR expert.” Two years into her career and she was already an expert. How did that happen? Read more…