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“The average person tells four lies a day, or 1,460 a year; a total of 87,600 by the age of 60. And the most common lie is ‘I’m fine.’” This quote appeared in a friend’s recent blog post and got me thinking.* Does the average manager tell four lies a day?
Much of corporate America has an unspoken doctrine of “business masks.” Act a certain way.[…] Continue Reading »
“When we don’t give our people the space and freedom to take calculated risks, learn, apply, and iterate, we are risking our future. While there is a risk to improvising and spontaneity, there is a greater, more insidious risk to control.” When I wrote a version of this in a recent Harvard Business Review post, it prompted a great deal of discussion.[…] Continue Reading »
When something goes seriously wrong, it’s often first announced by subtle signals.
The two of us are living proof of how important it is to listen and act on those signals. At different points, we each found ourselves feeling a little bit off physically — nothing specific, just a sense that we weren’t up to speed. After diagnostic tests, we heard the same conclusion: “You have cancer.”
Caught early, our illnesses were treatable.[…] Continue Reading »
Too often, I read blog posts or engage in discussions where different definitions of leadership are present.
One definition of leadership implies position. It states that the person in the position of leadership is the leader. If they’re “in charge” or “at the top” or “where the buck stops,” then they’re the leader. Their position is the reason we grant them influence over us.[…] Continue Reading »
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 »