Is the boss making people sick?
It’s a question I saw posed in a recent Washington Post headline, and it’s one of those things that people ask but don’t really want the answer to.
That’s because if the answer “yes,” as it frequently is, it’s usually followed by another question, something along the lines of, “Well, then why are they managing people in the first place?” Read more…
When co-workers are caught in conflict, do you know how to re-open the lines of communication without getting trapped in the conflict?
Do you care — or do you just stay clear?
As a leader, here’s what you can do to help minimize the grumbling, reduce the stress, and resolve the issue: Read more…
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Meetings are indispensable when you don’t want to do anything.” — John Kenneth Galbraith, economist.
As we can all attest, business meetings often waste valuable productive time and tend to last far longer than they should.
But until we learn to communicate telepathically, they will remain a necessary evil — not just as a means of exchanging ideas and information — but also as a way to build relationships with others.
That doesn’t mean we have to like them. Read more…
When you think about the employer-employee dynamic, the old career path is dead, and the balance of power has really shifted toward the people who have critical skills.
Open up a major business publication any day of the week, and you’ll find employers talking about how hard it is to find employees with specific skills.
In a Harvard Business Review article and new book, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman advocates a new employer-employee compact that addresses this problem. Hoffman and his co-authors suggest hiring employees for “tours of duty” lasting two to four years.
The strategy misses some important nuances. Read more…
Is your office dressing up for Halloween?
Mine isn’t. It’s not that I wouldn’t. OK, I wouldn’t. But if others wanted to, I wouldn’t say “no.”
I mean, everyone has that one person in their office that’s a little way too excited over Halloween. I get it. I have kids. They lose their minds at the thought of free candy and dressing up.
But you’re an adult. Let’s try and keep it together at the office. Read more…
OMGoodness! A recent survey by SuccessFactors, an SAP company, found that 34 percent of executives say “a lack of adequate leadership is among the major impediments to achieving workforce goals.”
Another 42 percent say company growth plans are “slowed by lack of access to the right leadership.”
Well, none of this surprises me. (I’ll bet you aren’t surprised, either.) The past few years have been particularly hard on leaders, with most everyone agreeing we’re practically in a leadership drought. Read more…
I’m going to put this into a car analogy.
Reliable is a Honda Accord or a Toyota Camry. Flashy is a Chevy Camaro or a Dodge Charger.
You really can’t be both. In the auto world, the closest thing to being both is a Tesla, and most people can’t afford one of those! Read more…
It seems that the only constant these days is change.
We all have to navigate the changes that happen around us, but sometimes we also want to initiate change in our organizations and need to gain support from our colleagues to ensure the transformation succeeds. Here are a few tips on how to do just that from Patti Johnson‘s book Make Waves: Be the One to Start Change At Work and in Life. Read more…
“My vision is to create a world I want to live in.” – Peter Bregman
Peter Bregman, founder of the Bregman Leadership Institute said this at a recent (and amazing) leadership program.
While his vision deeply resonated with me on a personal level, I also found myself thinking about what a great message it would be when applied to the workplace. Read more…
Accenture’s 2014 College Graduate Employment Survey compares the expectations and perceptions of 2014’s university graduates with the realities of the working world according to both 2012 and 2013 graduates.
This comparison casts a focused and specific lens on the issue of entry-level talent development, and, gives us some insightful data.
Accenture’s survey underlines that, at the end of the day, many organizations are not effectively developing their entry-level talent.
When we consider that 69 percent of 2014 graduates state that more training or post-graduate education will be necessary for them to get their desired job, we see that organizations are likely facing a major talent supply problem. Read more…