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November 29, 2023
Throughout history, human progress has been driven by individuals and groups who dared to question the status quo. From the suffragettes fighting for women’s right to vote to the civil rights movement advocating for racial equality, challenging the prevailing norms has been the catalyst for significant social, political, and technological advancements.
November 17, 2023
In our quest to steer away from the pervasive topic of Covid-19’s effects on people and work, we found ourselves again drawn into a discussion that raises a significant concern: How out of touch are some senior executives with the workforce they oversee?
It’s not uncommon to hear statements from wealthy executives that leave many of us, non-billionaires, scratching our heads. Consider the remarks made by Stephen Schwarzman, the billionaire CEO of the Blackstone Group,
November 5, 2023
That seems to be the accepted sentiment among older adults as they look askance upon today’s young professionals. Yet intergenerational mistrust is hardly a new phenomenon. I can remember a day when I was viewed skeptically for no other reason than my youth––it wasn’t fair then, and it isn’t fair to Gen Z. (more…)
October 9, 2023
Some professionals believe that business should be an all-or-nothing, win-or-lose game — that only the strongest and most competitive companies should survive and prosper and that weaker or less-competitive businesses should fail. But is there a greater meaning to building a business?
September 28, 2023
In the months and years since Gen Z entered the workforce, I’ve heard a lot of talk and opinions about these new team members. Occasionally, people marvel at these bright, influential young people. More often, though, the conversation is negative –– portraying Gen Zers as lazy, entitled and difficult to please or manage.
These misconceptions are far from the truth and (more…)
August 4, 2023
Leaders, do workforce engagement issues keep you up at night? If not, here’s a powerful wake-up call from Gallup. Last year, the global employee engagement rate was only 23%. Although that’s the highest level since Gallup started tracking global data in 2009, it means 77% of the workforce still misses the mark. Plus, it falls far short of the 72% benchmark seen in best-practice organizations. So, how can your company move in the right direction? Empower people — especially younger team members.
July 19, 2023
Try implementing the following techniques to help everyone row toward the same outcomes and let go of the way you’ve been managing your people.
For generations, most leaders have followed a fairly consistent formula to keep pace with their competitors. That is, they measure achievement based on worker time and activity. In other words, when employees put in more hours, they are expected to get more of their to-do lists accomplished for the betterment of the company. Though this model used to work, it’s starting to unravel. As a result, more progressive organizations are gaining competitive advantages through the power of purpose-led and outcomes-driven approaches.
July 8, 2023
As long as workplaces have existed, companies have behaved badly. And the American workforce has put up with the trickle-down feeling of being disposable—fear, intimidation and uncertainty that undermine job performance and well-being. In “the good old days” corporate honchos told employees what city they would live in, where their office would be,
June 16, 2023
Leaders are being challenged today like never before. However, the challenge isn’t coming from outside forces. On the contrary, it’s coming from employees who are demanding heightened transparency. And although pay transparency in job postings has more than doubled since 2020 in response, executives are being pushed to be transparent in far more arenas.
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