Every organization values TALENT. Yet, we see case after case of great talent falling short of expectations. The best examples are in the world of professional sport where fat payrolls for super stars fail to bring team championships. Obviously, there is more at play. The prerequisites for success such as hard work, motivation and teamwork […]
In my early twenties I had the dubious fortune of becoming the leader of a travel agency chain’s worst- performing national store. It was a place where staff had stand-up arguments, took constant sick days, alienated clients and often quit. Twelve months later, the perpetually loss-making store was profitable and the staff had won five […]
SERIES: 2016 is the tenth anniversary of Bill Jensen’s seminal book, What Is Your Life’s Work?, composed of legacy letters — letters from leaders and managers to their loved ones. Each letter describes a life’s work legacy they wish to leave behind. Each letter is published and attributed as it was ten years ago, with […]
Leamington, a little town in the province of Ontario, is the tomato capital of Canada. The town earned that honor by farming vast acreages of tomatoes in fields and greenhouses. Their tomato expertise caught the attention of the H. J. Heinz Company who erected a factory in Leamington in 1908. And for more than 100 […]
For years we’ve promoted and prioritized business cultures around hard-charging, expertise-laden, take-no-prisoners, results-oriented, step-on-their-necks-if-we-must ideology. But wait … what if being nice works just as well?
When it comes to disruption, it can feel like we’re talking about Uber and AirBNB all the time. Here’s a new example that disrupted another time-honored tradition: shopping for men’s clothes. How is Alton Lane chasing this dream?
OK, OK — there’s no such thing as a perfect employee. That’s probably true. But if you want to design a really good one, there are a couple of things to take into account — or so says Cushman Wakefield CIO Adam Stanley.
Death by meeting is an extremely real, very brutal thing. How do we fix it, though?
I write a lot about the whole notion of people who run around screaming about how busy they are all the time; here are a few samples: You’re probably not nearly as busy as you think Being busy is a drug for most people Only about 10 percent of Americans know how to balance ‘being […]
As Baby Boomers gradually retire, you’re beginning to see CEOs from Generation X — and thanks to tech startups around the world, you’re even seeing some Generation Y/millennial CEOs as well. This is going to be a pretty big shift in terms of top leadership at companies: Baby Boomer CEOs developed their career arcs in […]