Take it from me: Fighting with the boss is not a career enhancing experience.
I know this because I have worked for a lot of different bosses over the course of my career, and I have done my share of fighting with many of them.
Yes, I’ve battled at some point with just about every person I have ever worked for, but these arguments really break down into two distinctive categories: Read more…
I just got back from NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
For those not in the know, it’s a time when rookies and those looking to make a team’s 15-man roster come to play for almost two weeks in scrimmages. The event is small and fairly inside. It was my second year going with the guys from The 8 Man Rotation.
The biggest names in the NBA aren’t there. There was no LeBron James. Nor was there Kevin Durant.
Instead, you had rookies getting their first taste of team action and free agents and walk on’s looking for a shot at riding the end of the bench (or just making the roster) because there is usually better money in trying to make it work in the NBA than going overseas. Read more…
Sometimes leadership and management jobs just feel ugly and impossible.
I can remember feeling at various points in my career, that the mission just didn’t make sense, or that it was unsupported. I felt like I was out on a limb owning all of the risk, and with not enough resources to succeed.
Or, I felt like the corporate bureaucracy — the board, or another group or particular adversary –, was blocking me (or sabotaging me) from doing the right things that I knew desperately needed to be done.
Welcome to being a leader. Read more…
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It’s a lesson I learned while I was working toward an MBA: the most powerful business lessons aren’t the stories of success, but the stories of failure.
Yes, as good as it is to hear about Herb Kelleher and how he built the great workforce culture at Southwest Airlines, I got a lot more out of studying “Chainsaw” Al Dunlap and all the bad stuff he did while systematically tearing down companies (like Sunbeam) and their culture.
This is also true of business wisdom; I always learn a lot more from the bad advice I see popping up from so many so-called experts who have curious notions about what really matters when it comes to managing people and leading a workforce. Read more…
One of the many policies human resource departments develop and implement involve employee sick leave.
Paid sick days are usually offered by an organization as part of their benefits package.
- In some companies, employees are given an allotment of days to use throughout the year.
- There are other businesses where paid sick days are accrued over the course of the year and can vary based on years of service. Read more…
The question caught me off guard.
I’d been offered a promotion, and my manager and I were now talking money. In response to my salary request, he’d asked, “Do you think what you’ll be doing is all that different from what you’re doing now?”
For a split second, I wondered if this was a trick question. If I gave the wrong answer, would I end up making less money?
But my boss seemed genuinely curious, so I paused to give his query some serious thought. Read more…
The Seattle Seahawks throttled the Denver Broncos (my home team) in the Super Bowl earlier this year.
Yet, these two teams were, arguably, the most aggressive in signing free agents to upgrade their teams during the off-season and both are odds-on favorites to repeat as the teams in next year’s big game.
That’s because when it comes to acquiring top talent, champions are never satisfied with the status quo. The best organizations are always seeking to get better by upgrading each and every position whenever they can. Read more…
The learning landscape has changed substantially; the line has different skill needs, and employees want to learn in new, innovative ways.
As line leaders pursue new growth opportunities — or seek to improve their execution of existing plans — they need employees with new and more complex skills. Clearly, line leaders’ expectations of development interventions are changing.
- Sales leaders, for example, want to build a sales staff that can not only sell products but also challenge customers’ assumptions. Read more…
Call it a combination of ohhhhm and aha!
Those simple, powerful sounds sum up what my colleagues and I think is crucial for organizations when it comes to talent these days.
That is, companies need to be “Enlightened Organizations” in order to be great workplaces and to be successful.
We mean “Enlightened” in both the Eastern and Western senses of the term. Eastern in the sense of principles of wisdom, kindness and harmony. Western in the sense of the Age of Enlightenment, and its concepts of scientific inquiry, progress and analysis. Read more…
If I asked you to describe your attitude towards your work in one word, what would it be?
Setting aside for a moment your feelings for work, the English language admittedly makes this difficult.
German, for example, is a fascinating language in that new or changing concepts can be described by stringing words together to create a new one (e.g., freundschaftsbezeigungen, which means “demonstrations of friendship”). Read more…