Six Sigma Is Draining Employees’ Creativity

“Now I have to tell you something, and I mean this in the best and most inoffensive way possible: I don’t believe in process. In fact, when I interview a potential employee and he or she says that ‘it’s all about the process,’ I see that as a bad sign … The problem is that […] Read moreRead More»

Management Legacy Hack: How Are You Remembered As a Manager?

There’s a lot of talk recently about how bad management costs our economy $360 billion annually. We always hear about how jerks are bad for business. Yet, I’ve never once seen a “bad boss rehabilitation program”. Why? Because bad bosses don’t have time for further education (they have poor time management skills), they don’t have […] Read moreRead More»

5 Business Values of Social Technology for Virtual Teams

The Internet has transformed the way we connect with one another. Social technology has accelerated that change to warp speed. To grasp the speed of change social brought to how we connect, futurist David Houle explains in his book Entering the Shift Age that it took only one month for the Occupy Wall Street protest […] Read moreRead More»

Engagement Encouraged at All Levels Ensures a Thriving Company

I’m all for making 21st century business progressive, innovative and a significant step from the draconian approach that has plagued the world for the past hundred years or so. This evolution needs to be thorough, but it still has to remain practical. No matter how flat your organization is there will always be a vertical […] Read moreRead More»

Successful Business Strategy Is Built on Uncomfortable Choices

Every year a stream of nameless, faceless executives withdraw from their offices and gather somewhere offsite as part of a long-standing corporate ritual called “strategic planning.” The ritual follows a predictable series of steps: review last year’s plan, conduct a SWOT or other type of analysis, and decide on objectives for the new year. Most […] Read moreRead More»

How to Become a Manager No One Will Work For

Editor’s Note: This post was written by a friend of Ted Coine. She’s a well-respected, experienced management professional who wished to remain anonymous regarding this post, due to her current employment. So, without further adieu, please enjoy this enlightening post by today’s guest blogger… Anonymous. Management advice often begins under the assumption managers already have […] Read moreRead More»

Moving Beyond the Impacts of Destructive Workplaces

Yogi Berra famously said, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” We’re seeing another survey showing how negatively people feel about their workplaces. The workplace is damaging to mental and physical health, and therefore to the economy. Gloomy Realities Jim, a senior VP, feels unsure about his future role in the organization as it undergoes major […] Read moreRead More»

An Open Letter to Millennials… Thank You for What I See in You

Dear Generation NOW, There is a lot of talk about you in the world. Everyone is trying to figure you out and define who you are. Here are just a few of the words and phrases that have been used to label you: The ME Generation Spoiled and entitled Arrogant and narcissistic Overly idealistic; actually […] Read moreRead More»

What Is a Business Heretic, Anyway?

Years ago, I read a fascinating book by William Manchester, A World Lit Only By Fire. Part of the book is the true-life adventure tale of Magellan’s first-ever circumnavigation of the globe. What made the history so memorable, though, is what Magellan left behind in Europe. Across the continent, the religious and political establishment was […] Read moreRead More»

Employee Engagement: Central to Your Company’s Success or Failure

Recently I caught up with ExchangeGain Leaguer William Powell, who many of you know on Twitter as the Leadership Advisor (@LeadrshpAdvisor). William is one of the first “Twitter friends” I met face to face, when he was in Naples a couple of years ago for a short vacation. At that time, our conversation […] Read moreRead More»

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