Organizational Leadership

If Uber’s Culture Is to Change, the CEO Must Go

If any part of the charges of sexual harassment and favoritism made by a former Uber engineer hold up, company CEO Travis Kalanick should go. The VCs who sit on the company board should do the right thing if he doesn’t, and fire him. The chaotic, sexist culture described in a blog post…

Here’s a Way for Difficult Conversations to Be Less Difficult

If you’re like most people, you find yourself avoiding difficult conversations because you fear triggering a negative response and making the situation worse. Based on past experiences, you figure “Better not to bring it up and just suck it up.” What happens? You feel unsettled, and perhaps angry and frustrated. Also, if the…

Recruiting, Branding, Culture and a 7-Year-Old

The story of how an intrepid 7-year-old from the agricultural city of Hereford in the U.K. boldly wrote Google for a job has been told around the world. In case you missed it, Chloe Bridgewater addressed a letter to “google boss” asking for a job when she grows up and gets “bigger.” She…

We Can Do Better, But Will We?

I heard a great story last fall at the Talent Connect conference. Joan goes to visit her friend Marcus to catch up on life. While sitting on the back patio, Joan notices that Marcus’ dog whimpers quietly every couple of minutes. After the third whimper, Joan asks Marcus what’s the matter with the…

Who’s Winning the Top HR Jobs?

Through our executive search and consulting engagements we are seeing an increasingly clear profile emerge of those who win and keep the top talent role. Some factors feel familiar (see the 4+2 Model) while others seem to be developing as the talent management field matures. With functional expertise being a given, the differentiating…

A Tool for the Most Successful Sourcer

There’s an old saying I picked up early on in my recruiting career: “Don’t spill your candy in the lobby.” It means don’t go blabbing your mouth about your business because you never know who might be listening, lying in wait to steal your candidates, clients, ideas, etc. My recruiting manager told me…

Feedback By Tech Or Face-to-Face?

A common concern raised by HR and managers when they begin using a feedback tool is what kind of impact it will have on face-to-face feedback. Will it actually disrupt communication flows in the office, rather than improve them? As with all new technology, the benefits can be significant when integrated in a…

Smart or Dumb? How Your Office is Wired Makes a Difference

How do you picture the workplace 20 years from now? Do offices still exist, or have we completely traded in headquarters for personal quarters? Is the workforce more collaborative or more siloed? More productive or distracted? Is it even human? According to the 2016 Dell and Intel Future Workforce Study, it’s clear that…

Help Your Board Make a Successful CEO Hire

The Center for Creative Leadership has estimated that “failure” in senior leadership positions has increased in recent years. As the senior partner for a boutique career transition firm, working exclusively with senior executives, I have been a witness to a large number of executive exits. We assist in transitioning these same executives into…

Bot-Proof Your Career (Part 2)

As soon as I started writing Bot-Proof Your Career, I could tell it was going to be part one of two – or maybe even a trilogy. Let’s face it: Artificial Intelligence is really, really cool. So here’s some food for thought as you prepare for the world in which we’re competing with…

Feedback From A to Z

It’s no secret that feedback is a hugely important in the workplace. Giving and receiving useful feedback is a key part of both personal and organizational development. It impacts individual growth and allows people to work on self-improvement, whilst also pushing people towards organizational goals. We’ve put together a handy overview: all you…