Stephen Balzac

Stephen Balzac
Stephen Balzac is an expert on leadership and organizational development. A consultant, author, and professional speaker, he is president of 7 Steps Ahead, an organizational development firm focused on helping businesses get unstuck. He is the author of “The 36-Hour Course in Organizational Development,” published by McGraw-Hill, and a contributing author to volume one of “Ethics and Game Design: Teaching Values Through Play.” Steve's latest book, "Organizational Psychology for Managers," will be published by Springer in late 2013. For more information, or to sign up for Steve’s monthly newsletter, visit 7stepsahead.com. You can also contact him at 978-298-5189 or steve@7stepsahead.com.
The Destroyer of Cultures

The Destroyer of Cultures

“You have to haggle!” Fans of Monty Python’s Life of Brian might recall the haggling scene: desperate to escape from pursuing Roman soldiers, Brian attempts to buy something to use as a disguise. The merchant, however, won’t simply sell it…

Recruit Confidently

Recruit Confidently

Recently, I heard a hiring manager comment that she would “Prefer not to hire anyone at all.” Her company is growing. They are actively looking for people. At the same time, this manager who has been tasked with building up…

8 Questions About Your Hiring Process

What is the most important factor in successfully recruiting top candidates? If you said things like salary, benefits, or the economy, you’d be wrong. It’s your organizational culture. I have a longer article in the upcoming Journal of Corporate Recruiting…

8 Questions About Your Hiring Process

8 Questions About Your Hiring Process

What is the most important factor in successfully recruiting top candidates? If you said things like salary, benefits, or the economy, you’d be wrong. It’s your organizational culture. I have a longer article in the upcoming Journal of Corporate Recruiting…

The Godot Effect

The Godot Effect

Personally, I wouldn’t even know him if I saw him.  —Estragon, Waiting for Godot Some years ago I was sitting in a product design meeting. The discussion kept circling around some particularly knotty issues that no one in the room…

We Multitask Here

We Multitask Here

The Northern Lights have seen strange sights, But the queerest they ever did see … — The Cremation of Sam McGee While they may not quite compare to the sight spoken of by the nameless narrator of Robert Service’s famous…