Everyone should have the experience of getting a few rejection letters sometime in their lives.
I was thinking about this today because, a) I have gotten my fair share of them over the years; and, b) I was amused by this recent blog post in Mental Floss about 10 Rejection Letters Sent to Famous People.
Just the names of the people who got these rejection letters should make you sit up and take notice: Bono, Andy Warhol, Madonna, Kurt Vonnegut, Tim Burton, Steig Larsson (author of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the Millennium trilogy), and Hunter S. Thompson, among others. Read more…
By Howard Mavity
Leadership lessons from the military do not necessarily translate to the private sector.
I am uncomfortable with business books which continually analogize the workplace to the battlefield. It’s not the same thing. However, there is an enormous amount of wisdom to be gleaned from those who have served.
As an example, Forbes recently ran a piece by Kevin Kruse discussing the need to be open and authentic with employees, How One former Navy SEAL Modulates Authentic Leadership. Read more…
There is a discussion on LinkedIn titled As a Leader, do you hear less of the truth from your team?
As I am writing this, there are 105 responses. I have been seeing this on my weekly feed for some time, and each time I see it, it bothers me. Perhaps it’s time to explore why.
Fundamentally I am bothered by a sense that truth is growing more and more elusive. Read more…
Editor’s Note: Sometimes readers ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday
As I am preparing for a session next week with an executive team on Leading Transformation, I got thinking about what blocks organizations from getting done what they intend.
What blocks their business growth? What keeps them from executing decisively on new things?
Very often it’s a realization that the people you have sitting around the table are not the ones you need to take the business where it needs to go. Read more…
According to a recent study by CareerBuilder, 1 out of every 5 workers is planning to leave their job in 2014.
That’s a lot of disengaged employees.
After digging into the data, you find it’s not because these workers want a higher salary. Even though salary is important and makes up a large percentage (66 percent) of why people said they are dissatisfied with their current job, respondents were just as likely to attribute dissatisfaction to not feeling valued (65 percent). Read more…
Vacation time in America has practically become a cultural oxymoron.
Sharpening both sides of this double-edged sword, Cadillac ran a remarkably tongue-in-cheek commercial during this year’s Super Bowl that continues to run during expensive ad slots like Sunday night’s Academy Awards.
Rather than summarize it, just give it a quick watch, and ask yourself: is Cadillac right? Is our seeming workaholic American mentality really the path to great success and happiness? Or are we legitimately mocked by our non-American friends’ proclamations that we foolishly “live to work” instead of “work to live?”
Click past the break to watch the video and read more. Read more…
Culture is a hot workplace topic but remains a tremendous opportunity for most organizations to further support their purpose, solve problems, and improve performance.
One of the foremost authorities on the subject of culture is Edgar Schein, Professor Emeritus with MIT Sloan School of Management, and author of many best sellers including the Corporate Culture Survival Guide and, his most recent book, Humble Inquiry – The Art of Asking and Not Telling.
He was recently interviewed for the launch of CultureUniversity.com and a number of important culture insights were captured to help bring some clarity to this deep topic. Read more…
By Eric B. Meyer
In a few weeks, the National Football League owners are going to consider a proposed rule governing the use of the “N”-word during a football game. If the rule goes into effect, any team with a player who uses the “N”-word during a game, will be assessed a 15-yard penalty.
Players, young and old, disagree on the rule.
Here are Michael Wilbon and Jason Whitlock from ESPN’s Outside the Lines debating the merits of the proposed new rule. Read more…
This story isn’t new, but the lessons to be learned, sadly, still plague us.
Benjamin Moore, one of the companies in Berkshire Hathaway’s stable, made headlines for something that could have very easily been avoided.
Berkshire Hathaway officials came to Benjamin Moore’s headquarters, gave the CEO Denis Abrams his walking papers, and escorted him from the building. It was newsworthy enough that it was reported in the New York Post and other media Read more…
“Mr. Ron, we would like your insights on this issue.”
This happened throughout the conference until it got a point that I just wanted to be left alone to listen. “Let me just take it all in,” was my thought.
Last week, I was a keynote speaker at the 2nd Annual Human Resources Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. My topic: HR at the Crossroads of Business & Leadership.
One of the main pieces of advice I have for any expat is to get involved right away in your industry. The learning experiences that I have gotten from attending these conference are incalculable. Attend as many conference as possible and learn, learn and learn some more. Read more…