I love language. I have always adored selecting the perfect word to convey exactly what I mean. At least until I realized that those gorgeous, expressive, sumptuous adjectives that I love are little rascals. How could your management benefit from ditching the adjectives?
We got talking about expectations in a session I was facilitating last week. The conversation was like a giant projective test; quickly exposing the participants’ core ideologies about people, and relationships, and trust. Some of the people around the table talked about the power of the self-fulfilling prophecy and how setting lofty goals can inspire […]
Facilitating executive teams as they develop their business strategies is one of my favorite things to do. I love learning about shifting dynamics in individual industries and about macro-trends that cut across all industries. I get charged up when a client connects the dots and sees a unique opportunity to create competitive advantage. I get […]
I got all excited in my last post about the shady dealings that plague team’s efforts to manage talent effectively; hiding, protecting, hoarding, and stealing good people. As I was writing, I realized that many of these poor talent practices are supported by organizational cultures and practices that reinforce the wrong behavior. So today, I’m […]
In my most recent post, I got a little hot under the collar about managers who talk about accountability, but fail to do the uncomfortable things to create and reinforce it. I’ve settled down and am ready to be a little more constructive. Today’s post is a step-by-step on how to create accountability. What is […]
Is teamwork absolutely essential to delivering the plan in your company? Are there multiple interdependencies among you and your teammates that affect your ability to get things done? Are there times when you need to share resources to make sure the most important things are accomplished? Do you set your objectives independently so that […]
Last year, my colleague Vince Molinaro wrote a great rant about the 10 worst types of leaders. You can read the full post here. When I came across it again, I had the inspiration to write a monthly series on how you and your team can survive under a terrible leader. In the first post, […]