In a March 2015 TED Talk Bill Gross spoke about what drove the failure of multiple startups he’d launched. The Startup King and founder of Idealab concluded that timing was a primary factor in startup failures. But, that was not the most valuable take-away from Gross’message. A more important nugget went unnoticed. Bill said, “If […]Read more "DON’T OVERLOOK THE SWORD-BEARERS"
You’re forking through the avalanche of applicants and resumes, narrowed them down to a manageable list of interviewees, and now you are ready to make a hiring decision. Likely, there are multiple highly qualified candidates that will participate in the second interview round. How will you decide? Will the final decision swing on tangible or […]Read more "YOUR CULTURE IS AT RISK IF THIS IS MISSING FROM YOUR RECRUITMENT STRATEGY"
Heading a corporation is similar to conducting an orchestra. CEOs have to see the big picture, orchestrate team strengths and weaknesses, and ensure all pieces are in place to facilitate production. Where high-performing teams are concerned, it’s easy to be sidetracked by misconceptions. Here are four secrets to creating a high-performance team.Read more "4 Secrets of High-Performing Teams"
It’s stealthy. It is at the core of change-resistance, failed negotiations, departmental infighting, and overall unresolved conflict. Confirmation bias is an insidious destroyer of strategic progress, employee engagement and cultural transformation. It lurks within the minds of everybody from boardroom to break room. Failure to challenge it is keeping us stuck, slow-walking strategic outcomes, and sidelining the culture.Read more "THIS ONE THING IS UNDERMINING YOUR COMPANY’S STRATEGY, CULTURE AND ENGAGEMENT"
Few leaders are trained or educated in recognizing symptoms of mental illness. Dealing with the matter while staying within the bounds of civil rights, HIPPA, and employment law is difficult ground to navigate. So, we tend to ignore it. This article presents actionable advice that could keep the organization on the right side of the law, support employees affected by mental illness, and still stay on target with the strategic mission.Read more "Mental Illness in the Workplace: What to do Before its Too Late (Case Study)"
The apple is made up of the peel, flesh, core, seeds, stem, and leaves. But the seeds deceive. As delicious as it was, you could plant that apple’s seed, thoroughly expecting the same juicy, tasty apple. But what you’ll get is some mutation of that apple, completely unrecognizable and sometimes tasteless.1 No aspect of it will be the same. That’s because an apple grows from a pollinated blossom. Who knows how many other types of blossom dust got caught up in the mix?Read more "APPLETUDE: Why the Law of Attraction Isn’t Working (and What to Do About It)"
The news is replete with upheaval on all societal fronts. If we are deliberate in our analysis, we might miss nuances that go below the surface with respect to organizational culture. Because culture is comprised of the sum total of all individual perspectives, what brews below the surface of individual team members can insidiously interfere with cultural transformation and the strategic mission. This dynamic must be address at the individual human level. It involves all things that we cannot see.Read more "PHONY APPLE SEED"