Do you have a colleague that drives you nuts? Have you ever considered that the very behavior that is driving you to distraction is exactly what they were put in the organization to do? Can you appreciate the superpowers in your organization?
It’s easy to be attracted to optimistic thinking and turned off by cynicism, but both optimistic and cynical decision-making is lazy. Use this approach to improve the rigour of decision making in your business.
First off, apologies for posting so infrequently for the past while. I’ve been on the road for most of the past two months and I’ve devoted all available writing time to my new manuscript. The great news is that I just submitted Chapter 9 and that means only one more chapter to go! I am […]
I read an excellent article in the Wall Street Journal this week entitled “How Jeffrey Immelt’s ‘Success Theater’ Masked the Rot at GE.” In it, authors Thomas Gryta, Joann Lublin, and David Benoit describe how the Immelt and his top leaders, “projected an optimism about GE’s business and its future that didn’t always match the […]
You know that your team is conflict avoidant. You know it’s preventing you from surfacing issues, thoroughly discussing them, and getting them resolved effectively. You really want to make it better, but how do you start? The people on your team (and maybe even your boss) are seriously unwilling to broach any subject that might […]
I’m working on a new keynote speech and a new book. To accelerate the process, I enrolled in a 4-session, 16-day public speaking program to hone the big idea, write a compelling speech, and learn how to deliver the speech in a way that will knock your socks off. The mantra of the program’s instructor […]
I was facilitating an executive team meeting last week. Although the meeting had been scheduled as a full day, four people started the day saying that they needed to leave early. (I’ll save my rant about that for later). Four of the team members needed to be gone by 3pm, so we decided to move […]
When the same issue comes up three times in completely different contexts in one week, I know it’s time to write a post. This week, it’s the implicit contract teammates have with one another that no one will criticize, or even challenge, one another, especially when the boss is present. It’s time to change the […]