Best Practices

How Frequent Turnover in Top Leadership Can Turn an Organization Toxic

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A few months ago Amtrak faced the worst train accident to ever hit the northeast corridor. Though still under NTSB investigation – it is likely that no one single issue caused the crash. It was a sequence of events that lead to the Amtrak disaster, and not all of them occurred onboard the…

Why I Struggle With Workplace Parties (Especially When HR Plans Them)

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Does it strike you as odd that the July/August HR Magazine features a seven-page article titled 25 Fun & Easy Ways to Boost Morale? On first glance, this looks pretty neat. The writer crowd-sourced ideas on social media and shared them in the article. The ideas range from movie tickets to time off…

6 Ways The Best Leaders Innovate and Bring Great Ideas To Life

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Ideas are incredibly valuable assets for leaders and for organizations. One of the most effective competitive strategies you can leverage is to improve your products or services. Often, this is easier said than done, and even when you are successful, you’re challenged with achieving innovative, breakthrough results on a continual basis to remain…

The One Thing Every Great Leader Cares About Most

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Today I was reminded in a potent and somewhat painful way that leaders have a truly awesome responsibility. When leaders speak, others are obligated to listen. When leaders direct, others are obligated to follow. It’s the nature of positional power. And because formal leaders have positional power, every leader who aspires to greatness…

Are You Creating an Organization Where Anything Is Possible?

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“Once a year, engineers at Facebook are encouraged — but not required — to ditch their jobs and try something else out within the company for 30 days. It’s a program that started in 2011 called ‘Hackamonth.‘ ” As I read this quote the other day from a recent Business Insider article, I…

Management 101: What To Do When You’re In Over Your Head?

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Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post. I was recently telling a story about a time in my career when I had an all out panic. When I got my first general manager job at Hewlett Packard, early into the role my team…