Leadership

Are You Wasting Your Talent?

a bronx tale

Chazz Palminteri wrote the wonderful screenplay, a favorite of mine, A Bronx Tale. The film is set in the 1960s and chronicles several life events of a young boy, Cologero, who is faced with the choice of listening to the advice his bus driver father, Lorenzo, or following in the footsteps of the neighborhood gangster, Sonny. Throughout the…

What Piloting a Pig Roast Party Can Teach Leaders

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One of the lessons I learned early in my career was the value of piloting ideas and new processes. Just saying the words “Let’s try a pilot” seemed to open minds to new ideas and provide reassurance that complex plans could be executed more effectively. Following a Christmas trip to Ecuador, my son…

How Managers Can Get Better Results by Asking Better Questions

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A manager’s ability to bring out the best in their direct reports is hugely affected by whether they engage them in conversations about what they, the manager, can do to help their direct report perform at their best. The usefulness of these conversations depends, in large part, upon the quality of questions the…

Hiring Wisdom: Which Type of Manager Are You?

Hiring Wisdom: Which Type of Manager Are You?

Studies show there are essentially two types of managers (and companies) — those that are accounting-focused and those that are marketing-focused. Accounting-minded managers focus primarily on reducing costs and overhead. This approach appears to make/save money in the short run, but actually has the potential to lose customers over the long-term which causes…

The ESP Of Implementing Change

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After all the years I have spent translating the change agendas of organizations into the daily activities of their employees, I realize there is no silver bullet, no single solution to managing change. Change is the only constant. The key to successful mobilization, then, lies in the ability to demystify strategies and translate…

Your Exec Pay Survey May Be Costing You Too Much

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As proxy season comes to a close each year, compensation specialists face the tall task of compiling significant amounts of newly reported executive compensation data as a benchmark to establish pay packages for their executives. This is not a simple task. Compensation committees, human resources analysts, general counsels, corporate secretaries and consultants must…