Articles tagged 'Leadership'

Leadership, Talent Management

Missing Deadlines: What You Can Do to Get The Team Back on Track

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The reason why so many organizations have so much trouble doing what they intend to do, on time, is because when they fail to meet a deadline, nothing happens.

The dates come and go and no one talks about it.

And then there is no new focused deadline established because no one is talking about it at all. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

What Do You Do When Your Boss Is Completely Unreasonable?

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I’d just interviewed for a new HR job, and a friend asked how it went.

It was good,” I told her. “I really liked the hiring manager. He seems like a reasonable guy.”

You see, I rank “reasonableness” as a top leadership trait. An unreasonable boss makes work extremely challenging and in all the ways I don’t care to be challenged. Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

The A-B-C’s (and D-E-F’s) of Motivating Your Workplace Team

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New Employee Incentive Plan: Work or get fired.” — Hand-lettered sign behind the counter of a country store.

According to a recent story in Inc. magazine, Brian Halligan, CEO of software marketing firm Hubspot, has a singular way of handling go-getter employees who present him with great ideas with the potential to improve the company’s bottom line.

He fires them.

The punchline? He fires them from their “day jobs.” He then appoints them as the CEOs of their own change initiatives, something like little start-up companies within the company. Read more…

Culture

How You REALLY Achieve a Powerful Company Culture

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Company culture is important. I think we can all agree on that.

But what is culture? And who determines it? I’d argue it isn’t what management or the executive suite suggest it is. No, company culture is what employees experience and feel every day.

In that spirit, today I point you to China Gorman’s Data Point Tuesday blog post It’s All about Trust: Honesty and Transparency.  Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

Time to Be Honest: Are You Really an “Askhole” Boss?

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Are you an “askhole” boss?

The actual definition of an askhole is someone who constantly solicits feedback or opinions, and then goes ahead and does whatever they were going to do in the first place, basically treating the feedback that you solicit as if it were never given is being an askhole.

Sad to say, bosses are very often guilty of this.

The signs of being an askhole boss are so common, that it can be hard to identify through self-assessment, so I’ve taken a moment to define some of the characteristics so that leaders can more accurately reflect on the issue. Read more…

Culture, Leadership

How to Rebuild Lost Trust Within Your Organization

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It seems like new challenges for business leaders are surfacing almost daily.

In a McKinsey Quarterly survey of senior executives around the world, 85 percent of them said that public trust in business had deteriorated. This was echoed in the Edelman Trust Barometer, where 62 percent of global respondents said that they “trust corporations less now than they did a year ago.”

Trust in business has been in steep decline for the past 30 years, and North American scores for credibility and trust in leadership are now at all-time lows. Read more…

Culture, Talent Management

3 Critical Lessons For Top Brass From the Market Basket Meltdown

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A billion dollar family business has been rocked by the voting out of the “enemy” relative who all employees love.

That’s the story of Market Basket, the Tewksbury, Massachusetts-based grocery chain of 71 stores with some 25,000 employees throughout the Northeast.

A groundswell of popular support — rallies, strikes, and protests attended by thousands of loyalty workers — has followed the firing of Arthur T. Demoulas, its former beloved CEO. Demoulas was replaced in June by a board now controlled by his cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas, a rival heir to the company built by their Greek immigrant grandparents, who opened their first store in 1916.

Although the stores remain open, shelves are sparse because warehouse drivers as well as outside vendors have refused to make deliveries. Customers have taken to social media to show their support for the employees trying to get their boss back. The company is losing millions of dollars a day. Read more…

HR Management

A Good Reminder of Why You Always Need to Have a Backup Plan

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It seems to me that everything that happens to us is a disconcerting mix of choice and contingency.” — Dame Penelope Lively, British author.

On the morning of Feb. 15, 2013, a fireball ripped through the sky above the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, exploding 18 miles up after leaving a streak of fire tens of miles long.

The minor asteroid, which was about the size of an apartment building, was actually the second to have visited the Siberian region in a little over a century: 1908′s Tunguska meteor, which was about the same size, fortunately fell to Earth in an uninhabited wilderness, blowing down and charring 800 square miles of timber. Read more…

HR Insights

Remembering the People You Meet on the Road to the Hall of Fame

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The NFL’s annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place last weekend, and seven players were given a bronze bust and the coveted golden jacket during an extra-long ceremony in Canton, Ohio.

The ceremony ended around midnight thanks mostly to the inductees’ speeches, prompting Class of 2014 member Michael Strahan to quip that he and his fellow players should be considered for the 2015 class. Read more…

Leadership

How I Went to Buy a Car and Got a Lesson in Great Leadership Instead

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When I walked into the MINI dealer to buy a new car, the last thing I expected to find was a great example of leadership, but that is exactly what I found.

It took a while for my early observations to draw the conclusion that the secret sauce of this dealership was the Sales Manager.

This busy, almost chaotic dealership was full of energy and organized. We were approached immediately by a salesperson who was quick to tell us that this was her first week, and she’d just moved from Pittsburgh. Read more…