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A Department of Labor report on the glass ceiling noted that “what’s important [in organizations] is comfort, chemistry, and collaboration.”
Chris Argyris, business theorist and professor, says there’s a universal human tendency to organize our lives around remaining in control and winning.
Might these hidden needs be the reason most companies have failed at incorporating diversity as a normal business practice despite all the research that demonstrates its positive impacts on the bottom line?[…] Continue Reading »
He thinks he’s ready to be promoted. You don’t. You don’t want to crush his spirits, but he’s not listening. He blames you, the system, politics and that crazy project you gave him last year. He’s a strong performer and a vital member of your team. You know he’ll get there, but only if he listens.
Tell the truth without crushing his soul.[…] Continue Reading »
I guess I’m old school. No pun intended. Autumn will always mean “back to school” time to me. I got to thinking about what we could learn about leadership from some of the best teachers out there.
Plant seeds of goals, plans and confidence
Let’s start with Stefanie Adams of Florida. This year, along with Eric J.[…] Continue Reading »
How long can you hold your breath? Better yet, unless it’s dangerous to your health, try it right now: hold your breath as long as you can.
How long did you make it? 30 seconds, one minute, maybe two? Before long, you couldn’t help yourself – you just had to breathe.
In fact, I could offer a huge incentive for you to hold your breath, but no matter how much money I offer, at some point you have no choice.[…] Continue Reading »
“Cheryl, you know more about these work processes than most of the folks up there. Did you apply to be a speaker?” I asked, wondering why my colleague was sitting next to me in the audience rather than participating in the panel discussion at the national conference we were attending.
“I thought about it but decided not to.”
“Once I get promoted, my chances of being a speaker will be better.”
Six months later, Cheryl called to tell me she’d been laid off during a company reorganization.[…] Continue Reading »