A small number of public utilities are redesigning their business models, seeking to enable consumers to sell back energy by leasing tools and means to generate power. Essentially these companies are choosing to view consumers as co-creators, a vital part of a new and potentially vibrant business. If entrenched companies in a sector where innovation is capital intensive can evolve, then what’s to stop your company from doing the same?read more
In case you missed them, here are the 5 most popular articles for the month of March. Enjoy!read more
When was the last time you experienced an event that made you feel as if the world was coming to an end for you? It seemed like a big deal at the time, but time has healing powers. In fact, time can also provide much-needed perspective.read more
We are honored to serve alongside other thinkers and doers who are pioneering a new way in business and leadership. Here are a few we don’t want you to miss. Enjoy! 3 Simple Ways to Engage Employees by American Express via Open Forum. “What’s a simple and practical way to help boost your business’s productivity? Focusing on your people.” One Word: Momentum by Mark Miller. “We see it in all around us – an almost inexplicable energy that propels a team to victory, a company to higher levels of...read more
Social media is like Friday night drinks with the girls. You’re interacting with people you actually like, then out of the blue, some guy comes up with a bad pickup line. At best, it’s harmless and you ignore him. At worst, he’s annoying and you tell him to crawl back to the cave from which he emerged. It’s the same thing on Twitter or Facebook. I’m having genuine conversations with my friends. And when I see glaringly promotional things on my timeline, I treat them like terrible pickup lines. If they’re not good company, they’re unwelcome.read more
True leadership is not found in an individual, but the individuals developed.
So it is with leadership. Those who desire to become outstanding leaders must also help those around them develop leadership skills. The true measure of a leader is not just measured by success of their organization, but by the measure of leaders they influence and develop to follow in their footsteps.read more
Key to understanding culture is to recognize that what executives think impacts culture is different than what employees think. In the differences is the opportunity to reconcile expectations and perceptions, but it takes a willingness on both parts to find a common understanding about culture. For example, John shares a graph that shows that executives believe financial performance is the most impactful to culture. Yet, for employees it’s the least impactful. For those closest to the work, the biggest impact is open and candid communications followed by employee recognition and access to management.read more
I’ve worked with people who worked hard for everything they got. The hardships they endured early in life etched deeply marked goodness in their character. They are keenly aware of the importance of personal accountability, reliably, and a strong work ethic. They take nothing for granted. And they pay special attention to those who come from hardscrabble upbringings too.
You want to be successful? You want others to respect you? Earn it. Here’s how:read more
Many organizations want employees to embrace change, but that doesn’t go far enough. They should drive it.
Employees have trouble embracing change because they have to get behind something they did not create. While some strategies appear to be effective at getting employees to embrace change, a stronger and longer-lasting solution comes from having skin in the game and constant employee involvement in the changing organization.read more
The words that we use matter. They shape our attitudes, shape our behavior, shape the very way that we think about the world. Words can inform, empower and inspire.
But in an age of commerce, where the language of finance and resources seeps in to the way that we manage people, have the words led us to lose sight of our common humanity?read more