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…
“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…
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…
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…
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…
“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…
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…
Notwithstanding Yahoo’s end to employee telecommuting, the global trend toward virtual workplaces is accelerating.
Surveys vary widely on the percentage of companies with remote workers — from about 30 percent in some surveys up to SHRM’s finding that nearly half (46 percent) of all companies have at least some contractors, freelancers, or remote workers who rarely, if ever, come into the office.
Another estimate predicts that in a year, 40 percent of the global workforce will be virtual.
Whatever the numbers are saying, it’s undeniable that more and more workers are working remotely, and this is creating a challenge for recruiters. Read more…
Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday.
What makes a person an outstanding talent leader?
Is it the ability to set a vision, develop a strategy, or manage a budget? Or is it something much less visible and subtler?
Leadership is not something we are born with, although we may have a general aptitude. It takes insight into what leadership is all about and the desire to practice it in a deliberate, thoughtful, and consistent way to become good.
The points below amplify what I have learned from many successful leaders over the years. Read more…
“There’s no ‘I’ in team.”
“We appreciate you taking one for the team.”
“You’re not a team player.”
If the corporate realm has given birth to a more odious, misused, and abused word than “team,” I must confess that I don’t know what that is. Read more…