Failing’s Gotten a Bad Rap – Lighten up

From the time I was competing for spelling bees I’ve been afraid of failing.  Who isn’t afraid of something? Being the oldest of four children, I had plenty of opportunities to fail. I failed to keep my brother from hitting my sister, and when I called our parents to complain they blamed ME! I had [...]

Can Millennials be Managed toward their Highest Potential?

Prompted by the convergence of two trends in the workplace — 10,000 baby boomers a day retiring between now and 2030, and 8 million Millennials entering the workplace in the coming years the question we tackled was “How are corporations managing their talent pipelines and the career expectations of their employees?” From our survey of [...]

Why Do A-Players Leave Voluntarily?

When it comes to employee engagement and retention, why would your A-Players leave your company voluntarily?  Hmmm... Let’s say an employee — let’s call him John — takes initiative to advance the team’s efforts to reach a goal.  After much convincing he had team alignment, but his name was all over this project. His idea [...]

Responsibility without Authority Feeds the Drama Triangle

I've been there and maybe you have too — being held accountable for producing a result, then given people to work with who do not report to you. Hah! Good luck! In executive team building the drama triangle must be identified and squashed. Sometimes unwittingly the executive team and even a conscious leader can generate [...]