How to Increase Productivity — Even When You’re Not Leading the Team


“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”—Zig Ziglar, American motivational speaker Active, participative teamwork has become crucial to the modern business environment. Gone are the days when one person could anchor a team by doing everything well — or doing everything, period….

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?


“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…

Hiring Wisdom: Is Loyalty Now Just a Thing of the Past?


Much ado has been made about the erosion of employee loyalty, but which came first, the chicken or the egg? Because of things like mergers, downsizing, phasing out pensions, technological innovations, and economic cycles, employers were the first ones to let loyalty go by the boards. Employees simply followed suitHR. It seems there’s…

What We Can Learn About Workplace Leadership From the Tour de France


I admit that I am a fair weather (OK, indoor) cyclist. Isn’t exercising in air conditioning always better than Texas weather? As a twice-a-week spin class aficionado, I learned a lot from my uber competitive 60-something racing instructor. And, I also began watching the Tour de France. If you haven’t watched the race,…

Managing the Growing Ranks of the Millennial Business Traveler

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As casual travelers stroll through the airport, groggy and searching for the closest coffee shop, another breed passes them by — the suit-clad figure, smartphone and venti latte in one hand, compact suitcase in the other. Who is this elusive figure? The mature, C-suite business traveler. Or so it was. Nowadays, that suited-up…

10 Questions Employees Ask When Their Company Gets Acquired


Whether your company is a serial acquirer or you’re just now going through your first acquisition, the potential to experience employee fallout can be disastrous if you don’t take a thoughtful approach to managing employee questions throughout the process. The talent base that exists within the acquired company is usually a significant value…

How to Keep Your Awesome Culture Awesome as Your Company Grows


“Culture is the glue of a company, and glue wears off.” — Ali Manouchehri, CEO and founder of Zoomph Ali Manouchehri’s observation mirrors the findings of an Inc. magazine survey of CEOs of fast-growing companies. Their No. 1 concern was how to keep their vibrant culture alive as they scale. How can leaders keep their…

Creative Leaders Create a Culture Where All Ideas Are Encouraged and Valued


“The role of a creative leader is not to have all the ideas; it’s to create a culture where everyone can have ideas and feel that they’re valued.”  — Sir Ken Robinson I came across this powerful quote the other day and it stopped me in my tracks. It brought me back to…

Building Influence: It’s About Making People WANT to Help You


HRSo many of my clients ask me about influence. They want to know how to better personally influence others or how to train their managers on influence and engagement. The answer is simple but not easy. The simple answer is to make people WANT to help you. Don’t be THAT guy Here is…