Archive for DanielMcCarthy SmartBlogs

True confession time.

I once worked for a large, global conglomerate that was in a death spiral and struggling to turn things around. The company was harvesting its mature and declining business to pump cash into its growth bets.

This company had a proud tradition of investing in the development of its employees. Sales reps were trained in their products and how to sell them, scientists went to conferences, engineers were offered continued training to keep their skills up to date, and new managers were trained how to manage.[…] Continue Reading »

It’s that time of year when many of us, with the best of intentions will write a leadership development plan, or establish goals for the upcoming year. Unfortunately, most of us will fail to achieve those goals.

Why? We fail for a lot of reasons, most importantly, we underestimate how hard it is to change behavior.[…] Continue Reading »

I feel like I’m a little out of my element when it comes to giving recruiting advice. While I’ve written over 700 posts on leadership and leadership development, I tend to steer clear of hiring topics and defer to the real experts, like Jennifer McClure, my friends at Fistful of Talent and a gazillion others in this space.[…] Continue Reading »

It’s usually a good management rule of thumb not to get too friendly with your employees or to sleep with them. However, according to the 2007 Census Bureau survey of business owners, there are 3.7 million businesses that are run by couples.

There are all kinds of tax and financial benefits to hiring your spouse as an employee.[…] Continue Reading »

“Moneyball” was a book and movie based on Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane and his use of statistics (sabermetrics, to be precise) to get the most production out of his team by spending the least amount of money.

Here’s some statistics on leadership development based on what I’d consider highly credible research. Use it to outfox your competition or to sound like a smarty-pants at your next networking event.[…] Continue Reading »