January 31, 2023
Football, soccer, basketball, etc. So much fun to watch and play. There’s an excitement in watching competition – whether it’s your child’s T-Ball game or a professional sport. The goal is clear: TO WIN. This is also true in non-team competitions like marathons, surfing, tennis matches, etc. As well as competing with others, you are competing with yourself to be the best you can be. Yes, competition is thrilling and there’s a euphoria when there’s a win. In all of these examples, there are losers. And that’s OK.
January 12, 2023
Fast Company is looking for companies that are the Best Workplaces for Innovators (Best Workplace for Innovators). With the start of a new year, we’re wondering why every company isn’t trying to qualify.
Over the last few decades, we’ve seen many companies mission statements that proclaim high employee involvement and stress innovation as a core value. These are good intentions and expectations. But how often do we see them in action?
November 18, 2022
Employee performance reviews are a regulated assessment method used by companies to evaluate an employee’s work. They are a means to identify a worker’s strengths and weaknesses, allowing them to set goals for future improvement. Also called performance appraisals or performance evaluations, these procedures have been the primary employee productivity and efficiency measurement for many organizations. And that sounds about as excited as the average employee feels about the process. (more…)
November 11, 2022
Relentless Forward Motion
So much is happening in our world (pandemic, great resignation, recession, inflation, and the list goes on). Sometimes the feeling of uncertainty and constant change/challenge can be immobilizing. While these challenges may subside, there will always be something else on the horizon so we need the right mindset.
October 24, 2022
If you’re in a position of power or influence, it’s easy to gain followers who agree with what you say. But what if someone doesn’t agree? In organizations where the leader is consciously or unconsciously addicted to power and largely motivated by self-interest, those who disagree find themselves outside of the inner circle. Although they probably don’t think of themselves as divisive, these leaders are not overly troubled by the disempowerment felt by those, not in the inner circle. And they are regularly lauded by those who are. Easy. But does it serve the organization as well as it serves its leader? (more…)
September 22, 2022
An article about quiet quitting was recently the most read story all week at the Wall Street Journal website. Wanting to know more, I watched Michael Smirconish interview Paige West, a former engineering consultant who left the corporate world and has many YouTube videos on the subject. In this interview, she is clear that the quitting part of silent quitting does not mean doing the minimum at work – at least for her. She states it is letting go of the stress of trying to do 1000% in an attempt to move up the corporate ladder and – instead — looking for fulfillment. (more…)
September 1, 2022
When Covid 19 required employees to work from home, companies (some very reluctantly) had to comply. At that time, I learned that productivity software was “flying off the shelves”. If the software is needed to measure productivity, then we might as well dispense with leadership.
The first thing that’s wrong with this approach is the notion of measuring activity vs. results. Long ago as the Corporate training manager for a large company, I was required to write a monthly activity report. With a team of 17 trainers, this would have taken many non-value-added hours. However, we were focused on results and if our team members couldn’t describe an outcome from the activity, it was not included.
August 19, 2022
Just about everyone finds the need to persuade action from another on almost a daily basis. Yet, often within companies, the front line to middle management are more reserved in promoting change if it hasn’t come from the senior executives. Everything about business is changing and team members and leaders should take heart in following the path of a team at PAM Transport.
The following is a depiction of a persuasive presentation delivered by a team of leaders as part of their participation in a High Performance Leadership Workshop. It is worth sharing as it is data-driven, passionate, and convincing. It may be useful to you in persuasively gaining alignment in your organization.
The topic was how to get leadership alignment on how to deal with flexible work schedules and the future of work.
May 11, 2022
The Great Resignation has been crippling millions of businesses since September 2021. With 3 percent of working professionals voluntarily leaving their positions in November, it’s crucial to consider this as a company problem and not just a human resources challenge anymore.