Twenty-first Century corporate governance is a busy job.
Acting on behalf of shareholders, boards of directors are paying attention to an escalating list of risks and rewards from a company’s undertakings. Like many activities within any organization, “the squeaky wheels get the grease.”
Other than in desperate situations such as “turnarounds,” culture seldom ranks as a pressing matter in the boardroom. That’s a big mistake.
During my tenure as a CEO, my Board of Directors never posed questions pertaining to corporate culture. I wasn’t surprised in the least. Jacobs Suchard Directors expected me to run their North American operation as an entrepreneurial enterprise, and as long as the returns were favorable, they assumed I was doing just that. Read more…
If there’s one thing HR pros can count on, it’s that difficult employee situations will never end.
It doesn’t matter how experienced and educated we are, we’ll always have to handle another different and difficult situation — and do it just right.
We can all agree that people really matter. And really, employees are HR’s customers. You want to help them be successful at their jobs (because that makes you successful) and you want them to be happy. That gives you an emotional connection. Read more…
If you’ve read any significant amount of literature on management, you’ve likely come across the Peter Principle – that people will get promoted to their own level of incompetence.
The idea is that people are promoted to management positions because they’ve proven to be successful at the core function of their current job, not because they’ve been successful at the core function of their new job – managing a team of people.
There are a lot of things that can happen when people who aren’t very good at managing people assume management positions. Today, we’ll look at just three: Read more…
The New England Patriots defeated the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game last weekend, earning them a trip to the Super Bowl this Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.
Super Bowl XLIX (that’s 49 for non-Romans) will mark a major milestone in a historic journey by the Patriots team and their head coach, Bill Belichick.
Belichick stands to become the first head coach ever to appear in six (6) Super Bowls, and with a victory over Seattle, can become the only coach to ever win four (4) of them.
In addition, New England Quarterback Tom Brady will be making his record-breaking sixth start in a Super Bowl, and if he wins, he will join the elite ranks of NFL legends Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana with four victories in pro football’s biggest game. Read more…
In an article from Psychology Today titled, Help — My Boss Is Incompetent!, Beverly D. Flaxington writes:
“They [incompetent managers] may not know which information to impart, which to hold back, and which to hold as confidential.”
I couldn’t agree more.
Upon reading Flaxington’s observations, what immediately came to my mind was all the managers from my past without the good sense to keep some nonsense to themselves instead of passing it on as worthwhile news. Read more…
It’s no secret that employee engagement drives productivity in the workplace.
In fact, organizations with a high level of engagement reported having 21 percent higher productivity, according to research by Gallup.
In an effort to create an engaging company culture that both boosts productivity in the workplace and creates loyal employees, companies are choosing to adopt new, unique ways of keeping their workers satisfied and engaged while at work. Read more…
I left my first post-college professional position after a little over four years on the job.
In that time, I had worked my tail off for the organization with 60-80 hour weeks as the norm, had been promoted twice, and had built a program that was one of the most innovative and forward thinking in the industry.
In return, after I gave my notice, I was refused any future reference (beyond confirming dates of employment), had no acknowledgement of my contribution, and was more or less treated like a leper for my remaining two weeks. Read more…
I spend a lot of time talking about what makes HR professionals fail, but I have strong opinions on the key attributes that make human resources leaders successful.
Here are four (4):
1. Great HR leaders are dependable and reliable
Everybody wants innovative and disruptive until you actually give them innovative and disruptive. Then they want steady and trustworthy. Read more…
Why is it that every other article I read on employee engagement begins by quoting alarming figures on the state of the global workforce?
They all seem to be variation on a theme, something along the lines of:
“Less than 15 percent of employees across the globe are engaged in their work. The vast majority of employees are psychologically absent from their workplace, and are unlikely to be making a positive contribution.” Read more…