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I was born during the Summer of Love, in 1967, when the counter-culture phenomenon erupted into the public’s attention in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, when Thurgood Marshall was appointed as the first African-American to the US Supreme Court, and when the Six-Day War ended a frail peace and launched the Middle East on a decades-long conflict.
Nearly half a century since the Summer of Love, same-sex marriage is the law of the land, the notion of an African-American in the White House is almost unremarkable, and bloodshed rooted in centuries-old animosities in the Middle East has become a part of life around the world.[…] Continue Reading »
So what is it about job burnout that can kill you?
I was recently on a flight sitting next to an executive for a top-ranked health care company. We were having a nice conversation, and then she disclosed something that shocked me. She was 51 and had survived two heart attacks.
She’d never smoked and didn’t have a litany of medical issues but did have plenty of work stress in her life, and she was admittedly burned out.[…] Continue Reading »
After dedicating a large portion of my professional life to helping leaders develop new skills to improve workplace performance, I’ve come to a startling (and perhaps career-limiting) conclusion: Employee engagement, motivation, and results are less about introducing new leadership behaviors and more about just stopping the stuff that makes employees crazy.
Let me frame this as a little parable.[…] Continue Reading »
When was the last time you were overjoyed by an inspired act or outcome at work? For too many managers, the very thought of joy at work is laughable. For employees? It’s not only laughable, but a notion left for dreamers — certainly no place for it in the cubicle nation.
If there is, however, a lesson folded into these ambiguous times, it’s that conventional management and leadership wisdom is on a wobbly foundation.[…] Continue Reading »