Giving and Taking: Getting Beyond the Title

In the March 31st New York Times Magazine section, there was a review of Adam Grant’s new book titled Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success. I’ll just put it out there – I was enraged with this title and was ready to scream, REALLY!?!?  A twitter conversation with Josh Allan Dykstra prompted me […] Read moreRead More»

The CEO Challenge

We’ve been paying our CEOs like celebrities for about thirty years now. It’s a failed experiment for the same reason that paying real celebrities (movie stars and star athletes) has failed: one person cannot save any endeavor by themselves. Success is a team effort. Please don’t misunderstand me: success absolutely, completely, and utterly starts at […] Read moreRead More»

Too Many Chiefs: Are Companies Drowning in a Sea of “C”s?

Executive, Finance, Information, Marketing, Operating, Customer, Collaboration, People, Learning, Data, Analytics, Linguistics, Community, Innovation, Creative, Staff, Adoption, Medical, Compliance, Administrative. This is just a sample of the “Chief” titles I’ve come across in various organizations.  Google it. I’m sure you could find even more. First let me say, I mean absolutely no disrespect to anyone […] Read moreRead More»

Millennials Really Are Different. Here’s Why…

I know, I know: every new generation to hit the workforce is special, dynamic, and above all, different! Every new generation has its own particular reasons for being “The Generation” that will rewrite how business is done. And I know, I know, I know: every new generation is lazy, and spoiled, and feels entitled, and […] Read moreRead More»

What Good Writing Teaches Us About Good Leadership

Kill Your Masterpiece James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man was written originally with the title Stephen Hero. One night, stymied under a mountain of prose he hated, Joyce set fire to every page and started over. Fitzgerald, almost euphemistically, called the practice of razing entire finished works “rewriting from mood.”  A […] Read moreRead More»

Can Employees Really Walk Through Your Open-door Policy?

There’s a lot of talk about employee engagement, and for good reason. Engagement is one of the most important ingredients to a successful business. You can strategize about vision, innovation, collaboration, even compensation. If your team is not in it to win it, however, you have a problem. We live in truly extraordinary times. Leaders […] Read moreRead More»

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