As I was preparing for this week’s newsletter, one word seemed to be showing up over and over again in what I was reading. The word: toxic. People are talking about toxic bosses. Articles are referring to toxic cultures. Even as I was preparing a program for MassTLC’s Recruiters Academy, I was looking back at a […]
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Three weeks ago, I had the pleasure of working with two executive teams. Their businesses are very different. One is over 20 years old with almost 4000 employees. The second is a start-up driving towards commercializing its first product. While different, both of them were exploring a common question. Who are we today and who […]
“Knowing yourself is the root of all wisdom.” – Socrates – One time when working with a coach to prep for a job interview, I was videotaped. I was completely unaware of some of the things I was doing. With the help of the coach I was able to see the behaviors that could interfere […]
4 Reasons Strategy Isn’t Just for Executives Anymore Add strategy development to your mid-level leaders’ job description. Sound a little radical? Let me explain. There are 4 reasons why you need to do this. The environment your company is working in is probably more complex than ever. Your market has new competitors. Probably even disruptors, […]
How should you handle a bad situation? Facebook is facing a crisis. Cambridge Analytica used 50 million users’ personal information without their permission to create targeted campaigns during the 2016 presidential campaign. Users want answers. The media wants answers. Congress wants answers. Still, during this storm, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg was conspicuously absent. From news […]
How hard is it to get 100% of even the smallest group of people to agree on anything, never mind a whole company? We’ve all struggled with that dynamic. But when it comes to culture change, Konica Minolta CEO Shoei Yamana believes the number is a lot smaller: “Across a big company it is impossible […]
The Power of Conversation Powerfully effective leadership requires a great deal of skill – or should I say skills. What do change agility, delegation, performance management, and motivation all have in common? Conversation. Not just talking to or at someone or some group, but talking WITH them. At the root of almost all leadership successes […]
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to spend time with job seekers at the Harvard EdPortal. We were discussing the importance of being change ready and resilient. We talked about how important it is during a job search. And, how important it will continue to be once they land their next opportunity. Here are the five […]
Bad behavior. Harassment. Assault. Over the past few weeks we’ve seen a tidal wave of reports of sometimes unbelievable behavior by leaders in politics, media, and many other industries. None of this is new. It’s just coming to the surface. And, for those of us who are old enough, it’s not surfacing for the first […]
How do you build and execute strategy successfully in the context of how we work today? I think that’s a big question for any company – large or small – because the landscape is changing so quickly. Traditionally, strategy was built by a relatively small number of senior executives and then cascaded down through the […]
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