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
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
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
There was a major hit in the late 60's by Sammy Davis, Jr., "I've Gotta Be Me", which was an anthem to individuality and self-expression and the perfect reflection of that turbulent time.
Today, according to Adam Grant, a professor of management and psychology at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the author of a new book, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move The World, we are in the Age of Authenticity, where "be yourself" is the defining advice in life, love and career.
Authenticity means erasing the g... Continue Reading
Jack Welch is the former CEO of General Electric and is respected widely not only for his stewardship of this preeminent company but also for his consistent support for the development of leaders at GE and in business in general.
I saw a recent article about him in Business Insider where he mentions the following:
Over the past 15 years, I've held Q&A sessions with over a million people at more than a thousand events around the world.
In all but a handful of these events, people bring up their bosses – and vent about them. This ... Continue Reading
When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it. That's when you can get more creative in solving problems. - Stephen Covey
I speak to all my clients about the importance of empathy, the ability to put yourself in someone else's shoes to better comprehend their perspective on things.
I frequently state that there is a strong correlation between empathy and success as a leader and I believe that when we understand another's perspective, it informs us about the best way to communic... Continue Reading
Early in my career I enjoyed a really plum assignment. I managed 27 sales compensation plans for the multiple channels of sales our organization had globally.
This job afforded me the chance to work with people in the field and to travel with them to their events. I was also rather popular when I showed up with the checks in my in my briefcase.
One day, the global head of our function informed me that I was going to move from that role to work for a fellow named Jim, who I can truly say I feared. I was pretty sure I respected him, but I kno... Continue Reading
I was discussing change management with a client and I referred him to an excellent book on the topic, A Sense of Urgency, by John Kotter of Harvard. (Kotter, 2008)
An important idea that Prof. Kotter introduced was the difference between Skeptics versus NoNos, those folks in an organization whose resistance to change of almost any sort can reduce the needed sense of urgency to confront serious issues.
These can often be very bright and capable people who have had considerable success and have been admired, but they are locked in to ways of... Continue Reading