Archive for values SmartBlogs

Lately, I’ve noticed everyone seems to be talking about “values.” From major brands such as Whole Foods, which launched its first national advertising campaign featuring a “Values Matter” tagline, to President Obama, who spoke extensively about values during his 2015 State of the Union address.

While discussions surrounding the importance of values in business and in politics are nothing new, the act of declaring one’s values when communicating with a target audience does seem to be trending.[…] Continue Reading »

For many organizations, as the new year begins, performance-management processes kick in.

When people think about performance management, they’re rarely enthused! The response to performance planning is typically neutral, at best.

My experience with clients is that their current performance-management systems are not as relevant to real work and real opportunities as they could be. Performance management today is typically not about developing new skills and greater contribution.[…] Continue Reading »

Is there ever a time when a senior leader can hedge a bit on a core company value? What if he or she is making a genuine effort to live that value, but consistently falls short? And, what if that employee is a key player with deep expertise in a much-needed area? When is the right time to say, “This just isn’t working out”?[…] Continue Reading »

One of the most powerful and heartwarming subplots from the tragic period of the Holocaust was the heroic role that many “righteous gentiles” played in saving the lives of Jewish neighbors and refugees. Many men and women sheltered and fed Jews who sought sanctuary, at the risk of their own lives. A handful of diplomats used the power of their positions to issues visas and other documents to allow the refugees to leave Europe and seek asylum on new shores.[…] Continue Reading »

I remember the comment as if it were yesterday. As a high-school teacher living in Chicago, I had been invited to a school weekend “spirit” event for students and faculty at an area hotel. The facility sat on a sprawling property, and its layout was unconventional, to say the least, which made navigation from one place to another a bit challenging.[…] Continue Reading »