Do You Know When to Go It Alone?

He was about to be mocked in front of 75,000 people. The banner being towed behind the plane flying overhead would read, “Wrong One – Moyes Out”. Many of the fans wanted his head; it was time for him to go. The season was not going well to say the least. The dynasty handed to him was stumbling in a very public way. David Moyes then walked out onto the…

Stop Playing to Your Strengths.

Photo by Philip Kromer “It’s much easier to play to your strengths than to compensate for your weaknesses.” “You’ll go a whole lot further developing your strengths than developing your weaknesses.” “No one got promoted by improving a weakness; focus on your strengths.” And so it goes. The business literature is filled with articles and blog postings touting the value in playing to one’s strengths vs. developing or overcoming one’s…

So Where Exactly is the Next Level?

We’ve all heard it at some point. And we may have even said it on occasion. The next level. “Because of the recent economic and competitive challenges confronting our company, it’s imperative that we reject the status quo, and instead, take this organization to the next level.” (Lots of applause) “Pat, if you’re truly serious about moving up to the District Manager role, you’ll have to take your game to…

How Will You Spend Your 1/2 Million Minutes?

WikiCommons:S. Sepp As of today, I’ve spent more than 486,720 minutes engaged in doing something this year. Put into seconds, that’s more 29,203,200 seconds, the equivalent of 338 days. It seems like it’s a lot. 29,000,000 is a big number. One would think it would feel like a long time. Funny thing is, instead, all that time seemed to go by rather quickly. I know I can account for the…

Buzzword Bingo, The Sequel

Wikimedia Commons:Abbey Hendrickson About seven years ago, in the January 2007 issue of our 60-Second Email, Think Outside the Buzzword, we featured several popular consultant terms (a.k.a. jargon) along with their alleged as well as their true meaning. Well seven years is certainly more than enough time for a new batch to flourish.  So here’s the sequel: Buzzword: “Take this offline”  (to deal with separately and later) Example: (said with a friendly,…

Why you can’t stop checking your phone

We’d like to think it’s mind over matter when it comes to preventing texting and driving.  But researchers tend to think it’s more complex than that.  How often do you reach for your smart phone?  And do you truly know why?  Find out more here.

Not Your Father’s War for Talent

In the late 90’s, the War for Talent meant companies’ demand for capable employees outstripped the available supply, in part because the growth in the economy was accelerating demand.  Now, we still have a war for talent, but it’s due more to supply side issues, specifically a lack of supply, which is chilling, given our meager economic growth.  ACT, the college test company, recently reported “Only 39 percent of ACT-tested…

Billy Beane became famous for his use of data-based decisions (or sabermetrics) in baseball.  It led to the 2003 book Moneyball by Michael Lewis, as well as the 2011 Oscar-nominated film starring Brad Pit by the same name.  You may not be  a manager of major league team or one of Hollywood’s leading actors, but you can at least make use of some fascinating statistics regarding leadership development.  Click here to learn…

Does pay for performance stifle innovation?

Researchers at UC Berkeley and UCLA business schools suggest that pay for performance hinders innovation.  Instead, compensation models that have a “tolerance for early failure and reward for long-term success” are more effective in fostering innovation.  Link to overview of study.  Link to full report of study.
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