It’s never too early to carve out your path to success.
Start to think, act, and communicate like a leader to get the promotion you ultimately want. Even if you’re still several levels away from your dream promotion, there are numerous ways you can get on the path of your dreams, claims Amy Gallo.
In her Harvard Business Review article, she provides tips for doing just that. Read more…
Innovation – finding a better way of doing something or creating something new — that’s how Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and countless others became such well-known brands.
Rather than just “do what the Roman’s did,” they created something that no one else had, or at least delivered products and services in a way that their competitors had not done.
Innovation doesn’t just happen. Innovation requires key areas of your business running like a well-oiled machine. Read more…
Virtually every company says it values career development. Yet one of the most common reasons for turnover is a lack of development opportunities.
If development is so important, why does it seem to be in such scarce supply?
One reason is many companies actually do things that discourage people from engaging in development activities.
You can tell a lot about how much a company values development by looking at the criteria used to guide compensation and promotion decisions. Read more…
Here’s one thing that’s good to remember: one highly engaged employee can make a world of difference.
Take the case of Frontier Airlines, a Colorado-based air carrier that earned dubious title of Second-Most-Complained-About-Carrier in 2013 (in fairness, Spirit Airlines, the No. 1 most-complained-about-carrier, outnumbered Frontier’s complaints by almost 8-to-1).
However, 2014 is looking brighter for Frontier, and they’ve enjoyed a boost in positive awareness since a story broke about an enterprising Frontier pilot teamed up with a Domino’s Pizza manager to deliver a customer experience his passengers won’t soon forget.
Sound like the plot to a new primetime drama? Wrong. It’s employee engagement at its finest. Read more…
A few days ago, my eye was caught by an article titled, Why They Rejected the Best HR Candidate They’d Ever Interviewed — The Shocking Truth Revealed!
Well, naturally I wanted to know the shocking truth about why someone wouldn’t hire a phenomenal HR pro.
It turns out (spoiler alert) that this stellar candidate (‘Taylor”) blew his last interview when he showed a disdainful attitude toward “Wade,” a slow-moving, slow talking, unfashionably dressed, gray-hair vestige of the organizational old guard bearing an indeterminate job title. Read more…
The Conference Board CEO Challenge 2014 found that CEOs, presidents, and chairmen from more than 1,000 companies worldwide named “human capital” — developing, engaging, managing, and retaining talent — as their leading challenge.
So, what should these companies be doing to optimize their employees?
To engage employees organizations must create a culture that encourages them to thrive and allows them to realize their full potential.
This starts with leaders bringing the corporate vision to life and aligning environment, communication and emotional drivers to the company’s strategic vision and brand. Doing so means adjusting how the company interacts, trains, coaches, motivates, and incentivizes employees. Read more…
I’ve noticed several articles recently about how job seekers with visible tattoos shouldn’t be discriminated against when it comes to hiring.
One article I read even said that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 should be expanded so that inked individuals are protected from workplace discrimination.
Huh? We inherit our race, gender and national origin at birth. The last time I checked, getting a tattoo is a choice.
Now before you go berserk and jump to the comments to rant about how you should be judged by your talent and skills, not your appearance, please humor me and let me explain. Read more…
Bright Horizons recently conducted a national study, The Modern Family Index, that explores what it means to be a working parent today.
The study revealed some insights — including that working parents still perceive that their responsibilities with their family may cause them to experience significant challenges at work.
Bright Horizon’s research highlights that much has changed towards how parents approach family obligations and the level of conflict they experience. But, how positive are those changes when, overall, many employees still feel like they can’t be honest with their supervisors about family responsibilities? Read more…
Years ago, NASA ran a series of experiments on the best way to make decisions.
They used a series of survival scenarios, and asked individuals in a large group to solve the challenge and rate themselves. Then they asked small groups to solve the problems and rate their performance.
About 98 percent of the time, the groups received better scores than the individuals. Read more…
When you hear the word “good,” what do you think of? How do you define it?
The natural inclination is to describe “good” as the opposite of “bad,” but independent policy advisor Simon Anholt has another definition – “good” as the opposite of “selfish.” And that’s the definition he uses in his new Good Country Index.
Watch this brilliant TedX video given by Mr. Anholt for more details. It’s well worth your time. Read more…