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Respect vs. Contempt

February 22, 2017 by Leave a Comment

Can you agree to disagree, agreeably? It's not really possible if you do not respect the person you are discussing things with. I saw a jarring example of this when I saw a new play at the esteemed Goodman Theater recently. It has been described as "bitingly funny and fierce… one of the year's best shows. What the playwright says about American society, the media and how we package celebrity and tragedy is as spot-on as it is depressing" said a June 17 New York Post review. The playwright is being touted for a Pulitzer Prize. The actin... Continue Reading

8 “WHATS” to Engage and Mentor

January 20, 2017 by Leave a Comment

Now that we are a few weeks into the new year and everyone is settling in to the promise of what 2017 will be for you, your team and your organization, I hope that the early indicators are for a prosperous time for you all. As a leader, I'd like to suggest eight key WHATS you should embrace that will have a positive impact upon: Employee Engagement - A tangible connection your staff can draw between their efforts and the progress of the business; Effective Mentoring – Using your expertise to train and develop another. Now, there... Continue Reading

Radical Candor: The Importance of Guidance vs. Feedback

January 13, 2017 by Leave a Comment

Note: This post was originally published on Feb 4, 2016. I received some great feedback on it so I am republishing it for those who may have missed it and/or those who would like a refresher! Kim Scott was a long time director at Google and is currently a faculty member at Apple University. In addition, she's an acclaimed coach for companies like Twitter and other Silicon Valley notables. One of Kim's goals was to create a company that had "bullshit-free zones where people could love their work and working together". Scott believes that the... Continue Reading

10 Ways to Listen Better and Be “Fully Present”

January 4, 2017 by 6 Comments

Tuesday’s with Morrie is a book by Mitch Albom that came out in 1997 and topped the bestsellers list for Non-Fiction and was also made into a movie. It is about Morrie Schwartz, a former Brandeis University sociology professor who contracted ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease, and the relationship Albom rekindled with him after seeing a Nightline television news report on how Morrie was dealing with this crippling and fatal disease. I thought about it recently when I had encountered a couple of situations, both personal and professional, whe... Continue Reading

3 Critical Steps to Post Vacation Productivity

December 29, 2016 by 2 Comments

I returned home during the Christmas holidays from visiting my son in New York City. He and I had a marvelous time but what caught my attention was the incredible lack of traffic on the parkway back to LaGuardia Airport and how empty the L train was coming back from Midway, even though normally both are jammed during the evening commute. This told me that people were taking time off during the holiday and while that's a wonderful thing for all involved, it's also less frequent. Studies have shown that Americans are leaving 222 million vacati... Continue Reading

The Best Holiday Gift Leaders Can Give

December 7, 2016 by Leave a Comment

Jared Lindzon, in his November 11, 2016 article in Fast Company magazine, Why Nearly Half of Workers Globally Could Leave Their Jobs in 2017, said that the primary reason for employees leaving is poor management. Researchers found that an employee is nearly 10 times more likely to be very satisfied with their job when they are led by someone they feel is honest and trustworthy. Those who feel their superiors do not exhibit such behaviors are four times more likely to be looking for a different job. Lindzon suggests five strategies for lea... Continue Reading

The Corrosive Effectiveness of a “Common Enemy”

November 16, 2016 by Leave a Comment

The conclusion of the election last week did not bring any sort of cathartic closure to more than half of the voters from an almost 2-year campaign. To Clinton supporters, the "other side" won and the demonstrations / rioting in the streets of major cities reflect their profound displeasure and concerns with the result. Memories of full scale riots from the 60's and 70's are too vivid to me and I hope this all subsides ASAP. But, the response also reflects the regrettable downside of any group finding political or organizational solid... Continue Reading

A New Way to Spell Success: C.U.B.S.

November 10, 2016 by Leave a Comment

Chicago has been basking in the glory of their game seven victory in this year's World Series, the Cubs first in 108 years. Someone mentioned to me the other day that the Cubs start their night games at 7:08 PM, which in military time is 19:08 – or 1908 – the year the Cubs last won the World Series. There's a huge amount of folklore and history behind this team that had been affectionately referred to as the "lovable losers". I've been in Chicago for 26 years and last week's experience was exceptional, but being a local there is so much... Continue Reading