"You Westerners. You're so one-dimensional. You don't even know how to breathe!" So said Lous, my Indonesian mentor, when I whined about a grue...
People complain about professional athletes being overpaid, but don't bat an eye when some hapless CEO who earns $6 million a year gets fired for incompetence, and then collects a $10 million Golden Parachute.
Judging from how CEOs and other executives talk about how strong their brand is, one gets the impression that they equate having a strong brand with having a good reputation.
I recently read an article in The Wall Street Journal entitled "The Workplace Evolves From Sunbeam's 'Chainsaw Al' to Netflix's No-Jerk Rule." It started on an excellent foot by using the verb "evolve." Then it progressed into an un-evolved series of questions and statements.
Every time I start coaching someone, I interview 8-12 of their colleagues to gain good perspective on their real-world strengths and development areas. Over the last 10 years, I've collected thousands, and recently analyzed them to look for common themes.
Qualifier -- this piece was not written in defense of CEOs. It was solely meant to put things into perspective. We've heard the grumbles and complain...
Non-profits rely on volunteers to accomplish their mission and therefore must establish strategies and the bandwidth to effectively attract, engage and manage a volunteer workforce.
It's a highly unlikely thing that they'd be shouting. Armed robbers wouldn't care. They'd probably want wallets and a code to a safe or to find nearby...
Should CEOs be nice? Should their people like them -- not just respect them, trust their skill, or follow their leadership -- but actually like them?
When you are passionate enough about something, you often don't need a lot in monetary compensation.
Whether it's a relationship with your spouse, or a relationship with your customers/partners, is there any more important factor than trust?
Let's face it: We are living in a time that is upside down economically, environmentally and psychologically. Our weakened sense of responsibility toward one another is taking us down a road marked Dead End. Time is of the essence. Hope can be on the way.
The business world is full of rules. Some succeed by following them, others by breaking them. You have to find the right balance. If you break all the rules, you may frighten people. But if make your own rules, they may not even notice.
On the standard, commercial television channels we hear about extreme weather virtually every single day. Droughts in the southwest hardly seen since...
Barra may be an example of what we will increasingly see -- and expect. In the world of social media, the World Wide Web, and a 24/7 news cycle, private sector leaders can neither isolate their companies nor control the expectations that govern how they need to behave.
Slow retirements of senior executives present some of the same challenges to organizations as typical departures, and certain unique ones. As difficult as the financial buy-out element is, the more complex problems relate to how to fill the slowly expanding void created by a gradual departure.