The special qualities of remarkable leaders are complex and rare.
Leadership requires the courage to fashion a code of conduct governed by principled conviction, so reviewing the writings of Classical philosophers is a good place to begin our journey towards becoming more effective leaders.
Michael Soupios and Panos Mourdoukoutas did just that for their book, The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership, and discovered the ancient philosophies remain relevant today. Read more…
There are a lot of things that drive employees crazy, but here’s a big one: When management goes outside the organization and bypasses internal candidates when there is a position to fill.
For some reason, business leadership fails to see how damaging it is to morale and company culture when everyone feels that people inside the organization are consistently passed over, for promotions or more interesting assignments, in favor of outsiders.
In other words, somebody from the outside is better than anybody on the inside. Read more…
One statement sure to raise my ire when discussing the Power of Thanks in the workplace is: “They get paid to do their job. That’s recognition enough.”
It’s a patently false statement. Pay and recognition serve very different needs, but they are in a symbiotic relationship when it comes to fulfilling those employee needs.
All the recognition in the world won’t help resolve an underpaid employee’s base needs in terms of Maslow’s Hierarchy. And pay raises, consistently and appropriately given, won’t meet the higher-order employee needs, either. Read more…
I never cease to be amazed at how hard it is for talent managers to get their hands around the issue of employee engagement.
And, a new study from Deloitte titled Global Human Capital Trends 2015: Leading in the New World of Work tells you exactly why.
According to the just released survey of more than 3,300 HR and business leaders in 106 countries, lack of employee engagement is the top issue currently facing a whopping 87 percent of HR and business leaders, and that’s up from 79 percent last year. In addition: Read more…
Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post.
Skills shortages in 2020 will rise to an entirely new level.
And I’m not talking about STEM skills, although they’re critical. Or the ability to speak multiple languages, which needs to be more common in the U.S. Or even the readiness of college graduates to take a place in the economy, which a majority of employers report is lacking.
I’m talking about the skills that the globally-connected, superstructured, computationally focused, smart-machine powered organizations of the future staffed by longer living and working, new media-using employees will require. Read more…
“The most expensive person you’ll ever hire is the one you have to fire.“
If it seems like more trouble than it’s worth to set a high standard, do a thorough job, and hire tough, here are just some of the repercussions if you don’t: Read more…
“People just don’t stick around like they used to.”
How often have you heard that phrase in terms of employee retention goals, usually coupled with statements about “there’s just no loyalty anymore.”
History shows that’s just not true. For the last 25 years, tenure has been consistently low across nearly all age ranges. And the youngest generation in the workplace tends to stay the shortest amount of time (which is not surprising considering where they are in their careers).
More recent data published in The Wall Street Journal shows average tenure across occupations doesn’t even reach five (5) years. Read more…
Measles, a disease once thought to be completely eradicated, is making a comeback.
The flu vaccine was only 18 percent effective this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control, as long-identified strains continue to mutate.
Hospitals breed superbugs and must continuously adapt to stop the spread of potentially fatal infections.
Just as healthy people can be felled overnight by a new disease or drug-resistant bacteria, companies can sicken and even collapse if their culture is allowed to get seriously unhealthy. Read more…
Job descriptions, those horribly written, barely comprehensible strings of roughly 500 words of stuff that only barely resembles reality if you squint hard, are the coin of the realm in the recruiting world.
And no matter how much we complain about them to each other, they remain as unchanging as a rerun.
Not only do they persist, but recruiters and talent acquisition professionals continue to rely on them at every stage of the recruiting process. Read more…
By Jeff Wolf
Everybody in business, at one time or another, and probably more than once, has witnessed the results of poor leadership: listless and confused employees leading to stagnating sales, excess costs, and crumbling profits.
It happens at every level of the organization, from frontline supervisors right through the top echelons.
Teamwork is key, but it doesn’t happen automatically.
To create a fully functional team, the leader needs to exhibit six (6) leadership traits: Read more…