15+ years ago Jim Clifton of the Gallup organization wrote a book called The Coming Jobs War. The consultant, McKinsey and Company, warned that they saw a "war for talent" brewing for the foreseeable future. Both groups warned that having a "good" job will increasingly be difficult to obtain and this struggle will have negative repercussions on the mental health of our societies.
Even though the unemployment rate in our country today is a historically low 4.7%, meaning that 7.5 million of the labor force is unemployed, there are 5.8 millio... Continue Reading
I read a recent article in the New Yorker Magazine, "How People Learn to Become Resilient", by Maria Konnikova, and it made me think of a client company who I've worked with for 15 years that is currently in its third year of a merger process, now with a second acquirer.
This issue of resiliency in the workplace made me think of how many of my clients are navigating in incredibly difficult waters over such an extended period of time. I know some have dealt better than others, some have left and many are dispirited.
A high performing organiz... Continue Reading
Did you know that the second week of January is the busiest week of the year in US health clubs and gyms? Much of this increase is related to New Year's resolutions to "get in shape this year" but 80% of these new members drop off by the second month. That means there's only a 20% chance that you'll consistently use your new gym membership more than once per month.
What does this tell us about the power of our New Year's resolutions and setting goals in general? It says that there's quite a gap between good intentions and achieving results.... Continue Reading
The mind is everything. What you think you become. – Buddha
I was having breakfast with a client on the Friday morning of Super Bowl weekend. It was a bright sunny day in Chicago but characteristically very cold. My client was whining a little bit about being in the throes of winter and I declared that on this bright, sunny day all we needed to think about was that spring was just six weeks away. Two days later Mother Nature dumped over 20 inches of snow on us and partially crippled the city. So much for me trying to accentuate the positiv... Continue Reading
As I've written about before, change is a very challenging thing to deal with – both personally and professionally. In Europe and North America, almost 50% of marriages end in divorce. That's with TWO people! Making change happen in your own company, even if it's for the soundest of business reasons, has an even gloomier outlook, according to an article published on CNBC:
Leading a major change effort in any organization, let alone a large and complex one, presents a first order challenge, often among the most difficult of any executive ... Continue Reading
To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly. - Henri Bergson, French Philosopher (1859 – 1941)
Fast Company magazine is a publication that I have followed for many years. In 2005, the cover of its May issue was entitled "Change or Die". Needless to say, that caught my attention given the fact that change is one of the key things I discuss with my clients.
Here are the 5 myths about changing behavior that were discussed in that article and some ideas about what you can do to learn about... Continue Reading
Well, it's mid-May in Chicago and spring has sprung. To me that means golf. As a matter of fact, I was supposed to play with a client the other morning and was equally eager to see him and catch up as I was to play. But the weather didn't cooperate since it was going to rain and feel like 35°. Ouch!
Golf is a sport that requires a lot of practice to create the muscle memory to consistently hit the ball well and it has taken me many years to learn to play well enough to enjoy the game and not embarrass myself. It's now a passion and I h... Continue Reading
The pace of change in today's world is truly staggering. The Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter referred to the impact of much disruptive change as "creative destruction". Catchy phrase until you have to deal with those impacts in your own life. In our world today we are seeing this happen on a global basis and no industry or business is immune.
I read an article yesterday about a new material called graphene, described as:
The strongest, thinnest material known to exist. A form of carbon, it can conduct electricity and heat better th... Continue Reading