I was recently conducting an interview as part of a 360° feedback exercise for a client who is the CEO of a one-year-old startup business incubator with a focus on healthcare.
The organization is off to a good start with a solid Board, a wide variety of funding partners, a great media buzz and lots of frenetic but purposeful activity.
The CEO has assembled a very good team and asked for my help in getting an accurate picture of how he is perceived, what's working and what's not.
This is a wise and brave choice for a first-time CEO... Continue Reading
When companies are interviewing, the better ones not only attempt to ensure that the candidates have the requisite skills for the job, but more importantly, attempt to determine if they would be a good "fit" for the company culture. This issue of "cultural fit" is also very important for the candidate, but what is really meant by the culture of the workplace?
Adam Grant, a professor of management and psychology at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, sought to answer this in a New York Times article.
In this article, he st... Continue Reading
In our most recent post we discussed how the transactional nature of work today reduces the opportunity to develop longer-term relationships, and much less friendships, with our coworkers.
This post reflects some additional material about the new "rules" of work and the impacts on each of us.
In a Fast Company online commentary on May 18, 2015 entitled These Are The New Rules of Work, author Ross Perlin suggests that we should:
Forget everything you've always known about work. The rules have changed.
I will review each of these new rules ... Continue Reading
I came across a quote that has been attributed to J.J. Watt, All-Pro football player for the Houston Texans:
Success isn't owned; it's leased and you pay rent every day.
J.J. Watt was referring to his dedication to all the hard work to make himself physically and mentally capable of staying at the very top of the violent and challenging world of the National Football League. But more generally speaking, it means that you have to continue to earn the respect of others for your contributions and wisdom and that you can never rest on your la... Continue Reading
There is no such thing as a "self-made" man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success. - George Burton Adams
One of the key areas of focus of my executive leadership coaching work centers upon building, maintaining and enhancing relationships all around you. Leaders exert influence through the relationships they have established, internally and externally, to their o... Continue Reading
This is the forth and final part of this Managing Our Career series. We have tried to provide a diagnostic format for considering:
Part 1: How groups form and organizations transform – the Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing Model (FSNP)
Part 2: The value of your relative competence in doing what you do at any given time
Part 3: The importance of your passion to your work
In this post, we will discuss putting it all together in a useful framework for you to use in your career, especially as you contemplate or confront the ... Continue Reading
We may affirm absolutely that nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion. - Georg Wilhelm Frederich Hegel (1770 – 1831)
In our last post we spoke about how to stay confident about our competence for our work and how that can vary through all the stages of the Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing team development model (FSNP). To maintain a level of excellence in all we do, we not only must be competent in our efforts, but must also have a passion for all, or at least a good portion, of the work as well.
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In our last post, I discussed how a team development model can give us insight about how our career progresses and what we can do to assert as much control as possible over this process. In this post, we will discuss how you can ensure you stay as competent as you need to lead yourself and your team to personal and organizational success.
When it comes to your competence in your job, there are great insights to be gained from the forming, storming, norming, and performing model (FSNP). I think it's best to begin by starting with the idea t... Continue Reading