You may have met these people.
They sit in the stands at sporting events and tell the rest of the fans what they did or didn’t just see on the field. These clients know more about how your business back office should operate than the boss. These Know-It-Alls serve on committees and keep members deadlocked on decisions for days.
Know-It-Alls take on a tone of authority to let those around them understand that they have the final, absolute, full truth. Read more…
Whether your business is large or small, if you are the CEO, you are also the CCO — the Chief Cultural Officer.
Culture matters. It is what makes the difference between a thriving, profitable, and growing business and one that is lethargic and struggling.
The CCO who takes on the creating, shaping, and development of the company’s culture will see a highly productive and happy workforce who produce significant bottom line results. Read more…
The New York Times published an article about yet another successful, high profile sports coach who has been caught lying about his credentials.
Times writer Juliet Macur interviewed Manhattan College men’s basketball Coach Steve Masiello a few days prior to the revelation that he had lied about having a college degree. He got caught, as others have, with a background check as he started a new job.
During the interview, Masiello preached accountability and described how he had learned the importance of accountability from an early mentor.
So my question is, “what, really, is accountability,” and “to whom is one accountable?” Read more…
“Do as I say, not as I do.”
There was a time when a parent who smoked, drank excessively, cursed, etc. could demand – and often expect – a different standard of behavior from their children simply by telling them, ” I want you to have a better life than the one I’m living, so don’t follow in my footsteps and make the same mistakes I’ve made.”
No one exactly knows when that all changed, but the referendum on being able to raise good kids by providing a bad example of what not to do has passed.
Similarly, the time has also passed for a boss to manage his/her employees under the “I can do this, but don’t you go thinking it’s okay for someone at your level to do” axiom. Read more…
I often hear this from executives:
“My managerial team needs to be more strategic. I have managers who are fine at executing, but they are not strategic.”
Clearly articulating what those managers should be doing to be more strategic is often difficult.
What is strategy? What does it look like? What does it sound like? Read more…
A headhunter called this week and their client is interested in me for a CEO role. Never really thought of myself at that level. I don’t know if I should call back. I want your thoughts. Current role VP, Operating Committee member, etc.
Need to discuss this opportunity. I have a job offer but it would require me moving to Charlotte. Current situation: working as HR Manager for six plus years, no movement and none in sight.
Received a resume which showed 4-5 roles with same job title: Recruiting Manager.
This past week was career advice week. This is how it started. Read more…
Ripped from the pages of Inc. magazine’s recent article, 7 Habits of Remarkably Likeable Bosses, I give you … something slightly different:
The 7 Habits of Remarkably Likeable HR Managers!
Here they are:
- They are named “Kay.” Have you ever really not liked someone named, Kay!? Kay just seems like a friendly lady with at least three cats and grandchildren, a whole lot of grandchildren. Kay is helpful. Kay will give you a hug when you need it. Kay brings in really good comfort food with funny names like “Redneck Bunt Cake.” Read more…
“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves.” — William Shakespeare, British playwright and poet
Let’s face it: business life won’t be getting any easier or slower or less complicated (unless human nature and civilization undergo a radical reversal).
Technology will keep advancing at a rapid pace, and the changes it brings will continue to reverberate through our society.
When I was growing up, many things we take for granted now didn’t even exist: cell phones, CDs, DVDs, home computers, and satellite radio, just to name a few. Now they’re commonplace things most of us enjoy. Read more…
I used to work for a woman named Linda, who reported to a woman named Lisa.
I didn’t care for Linda too much, and I cared even less for Lisa.
I thought Lisa was disingenuous, kind of sneaky, and overall not to be trusted.
Perhaps I was wrong. Perhaps she was simply beleaguered and overwhelmed in the way that young managers can be, and being young myself, I couldn’t see it. Read more…
Few musicians are as successful, or as polarizing, as Kanye West.
For the uninitiated, West is a giant in the modern music industry. He is the fifth most nominated and eighth most award-winning artist in the history of the Grammy Awards, holding 51 nominations and 21 wins, as well as countless accolades from the American Music Awards, MTV Music Awards, Billboard Awards, and others.
As successful as West has been, however, he is equally well known for his hubris, including choice quotes to the press (“…respect my trendsetting abilities. Once that happens, everyone wins”), inflammatory tweets (“…the second verse of New Slaves is the best rap verse…OF ALL TIME IN THE HISTORY OF RAP MUSIC, PERIOD.), and, of course, the infamous Taylor-Swift-microphone-stealing incident, the apology for which he later recanted. Read more…