I have lived overseas for long periods of time and put more than 4 million miles on United while traveling for business and pleasure. During that time I experienced plenty of travel blunders, both self-imposed and those courtesy of Mother Nature, and learned plenty of tricks and tips.
All businesses have hierarchies, of course - without order, there is chaos. But some hierarchies are more rigid than others. The danger for employees stuck in stricter environments is that they actually become accustomed to not speaking up.
The "SupraSelf"is an extraordinary aspect of who we are and what it means to be a leader. This little known, yet very real part of our personality is capable of producing exponential results in all areas of our lives.
Technology has made it possible for your team to work virtually, to labor from home and perhaps never see another soul for days on end. How do today's managers deal with collaboration and team building in a highly competitive environment?
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.
While virtual teams can cut costs, they also provide a significantly more varied team base that contributes to the depth and breadth of an organization. As with all teams, virtual teams can be highly functional, or highly dysfunctional.
People don't participate because they are going to get another 20 percent boost in salary. They participate because they want to work on something exciting and meaningful in a bigger way to the organization.
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.
The growing financial debt, rising carbon emissions, dwindling natural resources and the escalating burden of chronic disease all have the potential to leave unsolvable problems for the next generation if we fail to act on the scientific bases that show clearly the difficulties we are storing up.
Relationships. There is nothing more valuable. Not in life. And certainly not in business. If you are a brand looking to build success, then it's essential that you be sure you know how to build a meaningful consumer relationship.
An evolution has occurred in the world of business. It's traceable, quantifiable and has single-handedly redefined the landscape upon which brands will survive. This turn of the evolutionary wheel comes via the rise of the citizen consumer.
For family women in the workplace, I contend that a balanced life requires a divorce (an amicable one), a global business, a non-traditional sport and a sleepless elite family pet to keep mom company. Here's how it can work.
This acceptance of hierarchy leads to higher status differences, formal social relations and greater power concentrations among fewer people. It also means people who reside in lower rungs of the social order may have fewer perceived choices and rarely question authority.
Understanding how to work in different cultures, while not giving up your own belief system, will separate the mountain climbers who make it to the summit from those that are stuck at base camp -- and from those who plunge to their demise.
Once others see that the CFO challenges the status quo in an effective manner by working through the current management and executive processes, others will appreciate what a high impact and important job it is.
How to survive in this tough, fast-changing terrain? The following represent the six characteristics that define the immigrant perspective on business leadership that will be essential for business leaders to embrace in 2012.