Is your organization staffed by human capital? Do you talk about head count? Do managers talk about “their people?” Phrases like “head count,” “human capital,” and “my people,” dehumanize and objectify. We could push this further and make the same argument for “human resources.” Managers who see others as an “it” or property, might make […]Read post »
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Studies show a growing sense of urgency for succession planning. One survey found 92% of respondents felt it was risky not to have a succession plan for key employees but only 25% of companies feel they’ve identified adequate successor candidates and less than half have a process for developing candidates. Other research shows 70% of […]Read post »
The great American founding father, author, and statesman, Benjamin Franklin, was highly devoted to lifelong learning and continual personal improvement. His book, The Art of Virtue (edited by George Rogers), is an inspiring account of Franklin’s life and an instructive guide to his improvement process and personal effective system. Franklin once said, “If you empty […]Read post »
In my recent webinar Executive Team Building and Culture Development I outlined the common failure factors that contribute to the high rate (up to 70%) of failed organizational change efforts. Since a department, division, business unit, or entire organization’s culture ripples out from the leadership team leading it, how the team functions is a vital […]Read post »
This week I am attending my third Extraordinary Leadership Summit in Park City, Utah. This Zenger Folkman annual conference is a wonderful time to reconnect with ZF’s great people and international partners. These conferences provide updates of ZF’s new and revised programs and services. They also feature Clients outlining their successful approaches, plans for further […]Read post »
Time away from daily operations in a management team retreat is critical to “sharpening the axe.” Having seen the powerful R & R (revitalization and renewal) emerge from dozens of offsite retreats we’ve facilitated over the decades, I used to be baffled by the fact that so many management teams don’t do them. It’s now […]Read post »
The continued increase in registrations for my blog posting notifications and the steady growth in complimentary subscriptions to The Leader Letter (a monthly compilation of my biweekly blogs) leads me to believe that many readers feel they are getting more than they’re paying for from my writing. Because I am a “leadership nerd,” I quite […]Read post »
I’ve extensively quoted and cited the expanding body of emotional intelligence research for many years in my writing and workshops. This rigorous and ever deepening research provides hard evidence for the catalytic power of “soft skills” in personal, team, and organizational performance. EI brings empirical science and greater clarity to the fuzzy topic of leadership. […]Read post »
How healthy is your workplace? Are you helping to energize or enervate the people you work with? With constant change and the relentless pressures of today’s 24/7 work world, stress is taking a heavy toll. A national opinion poll by the American Psychological Association found that “two-thirds of both men and women say work has […]Read post »
What does Toyota’s ongoing recall problems and Tiger Woods’ infidelities have in common? They’re both a great source of material for comedians and late night TV. They are also very expensive, make sensational headlines, and have tarnished stellar brands. But an especially interesting leadership link is how these two big news stories vividly demonstrate today’s […]Read post »