#Reinvent Yourself At Work Like the #TryGuys

The @TryGuys are four #millenials who have created a media frenzy out of simply trying new things. These millennials are creators of a comedy documentary series that shows them getting outside of their comfort zone. They try just about anything, from watching baby twins for a day to dog sledding in Alaska.  In the process,Continue reading “#Reinvent Yourself At Work Like the #TryGuys”

What Every Organization Design Needs

At the start of a recent organizational design the leader asked me to provide a list of outcomes for the effort. Being a good consultant, I turned the question back on him. I explained that he and his team needed to craft the specific design principles that they hoped to accomplish via our work. TheContinue reading “What Every Organization Design Needs”

A New Year’s Resolution for #Leaders and #Teams: Who Are We?

A #NewYear’s resolution: Connecting in a deeper manner with your work team. We spend a great deal of time together being #productive. Let’s answer the question: “Who are we?” At my father’s retirement ceremony as a college president, the local reigning politician concluded his remarks with a heartfelt statement. He indicated that if he wereContinue reading “A New Year’s Resolution for #Leaders and #Teams: Who Are We?”

A Creative Method For Developing Innovative Solutions: Magic Tool Box

It can be helpful to use analogies to inspire new ideas.  I have leveraged a brainstorming tool for years called the Magic Tool Box.  In this exercise one uses a box full of tools as a metaphor for solving the problem at hand.  The objective is to spur new thinking. I leveraged this brainstorming exerciseContinue reading “A Creative Method For Developing Innovative Solutions: Magic Tool Box”

No more Drivel! Give us the Practical and Useful.

There is no substitute for business advice which is practical and useful. Yes, I am talking about suggestions which actually work. … As in make things better in the real world! Drivel, on the other hand, is defined as “silly nonsense”. Unfortunately there is a lot of these unhelpful opinions flying around our field ofContinue reading “No more Drivel! Give us the Practical and Useful.”

Am I On Track With My Professional Purpose? [“Start With Why”]

“The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.”—-Mark Twain Mark Twain offers up the profound idea that our primary mission in life is discovering why we are here. Once we have a driving reason for getting up each and every morning ourContinue reading “Am I On Track With My Professional Purpose? [“Start With Why”]”

The Most Effective Method For Engaging Employees? Simply Ask Questions

Brian Grazer (2015), the movie producer of such blockbusters as Apollo 13, Splash, 8 Mile, A Beautiful Mind and Friday Night Lights, popularized the notion of being curious and asking questions in his best seller A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life.  Grazer makes the case that asking questions allows us to understandContinue reading “The Most Effective Method For Engaging Employees? Simply Ask Questions”

What True Employee Engagement Looks and Sounds Like

As leaders we seek to create a calm work environment which is programmed.  All of our actions should be by design based on logic as opposed to spontaneous actions based on emotion.  We have been led to think that employees work together best in quiet, rationale and controlled spaces. However, the reality we experience isContinue reading “What True Employee Engagement Looks and Sounds Like”

How To Obtain True Employee Engagement

We agree that engaging our employees is one of the keys to organizational success.  In fact, most organizational improvement, at some point, involves actively involving our teams of  employees.  We have been told countless times that this is the ‘secret sauce’ for improving our products, processes and culture. The key question is: How do weContinue reading “How To Obtain True Employee Engagement”

Focusing on How to Execute Your Strategy Improves the People Side!

We have learned that some organizations execute their strategy based on the amount of money they have available in the bank, the skills of their current workforce or educated guesses about where the business environment is headed. However, more mature organizations are executing strategy by identifying and filling gap between the business capabilities they haveContinue reading “Focusing on How to Execute Your Strategy Improves the People Side!”

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