Tag Archives: Engagement

Dragons, Accountability and Corporate Culture

“When you first got here we thought you were a dragon!  That you were going to destroy us!”
This is one of the best comments I’ve ever received from a client’s employee.
I was considered a dragon because I put in an accountability practice that was considered very harsh compared to what employees were used to.  New […]

Disconnect to Generate Greater Clarity and Creativity

When was the last time you came up with a brilliant, out-of-the-box idea while you were sitting at your desk?  Do you struggle to generate greater clarity and creativity?  If you are like me, the chances of you having that eureka, thunderbolt moment of creativity hit you, making you stand up in your cubicle or […]

A Disengaged Culture: 5 Things That Will Create It!

I have not met a leader in business who has purposely created a disengaged culture or workforce, but I have met many who have created one without realizing it. The reasons are usually intangible and emotionally-based – not something that can quickly be identified as a cause/effect.
There are dozens of articles explaining the best way […]

21 Best Practices in Leadership Development

Leadership Development is Important
Research and experience show that the quality of leadership affects employee effort and productivity; the ability to attract and retain talent; customer service and retention; profitability and market capitalization. Leadership development, done well, is a powerful way to build talent, unlock the potential of your people, improve individual and organizational performance, and […]

Measuring Productivity with Paperclips

Productivity and Paperclips
I once came across some paperclips in a desk drawer. The desk was one of many pieces of furniture that were recently purchased from an auction where the assets of a bankrupt business were being liquidated for pennies on the dollar. It was enough furniture to completely outfit an office.
When I reached into […]

Planting an EPIC Culture

Peter F. Drucker once said: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” Spot on! However, a lot of executives and leaders I have worked with have struggled to understand what that means. Their lack of understanding is not their fault; they have been classically trained in business Schools all over the world to think and act logically, based […]

The Talent Management Cycle

Strategic talent management is all about ensuring that your team and organization have the talent they need to get the job done and help the business win.
Well-meaning, but lopsided investments in talent management (TM) can be extremely wasteful. A big investment in recruiting, for example, will be wasted if all the new people you are […]

Are Leaders Born or Made?

Since the first edition of my book “It’s Already Inside” came out in 2012 and my two subsequent books since then, each time I am interviewed by a journalist from Radio, TV or Print media, I am always asked the question: “Are leaders born or made?” When I give my answer, the debate inevitably ensues.
I […]

Strategic Planning Be Gone!

A lot has been written about strategic planning. A quick internet search will yield numerous articles, book references, and a plethora of templates to use.   What’s been catching my attention lately though, and consistent with my beliefs, is that the “Strategic Plan is Dead” (References below).
Well ok, not really.  While the importance of thinking strategically […]