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Organizational Behavior

We Accept Mediocrity (Friction Source #3)

Peter Fuda | Posted 03.20.2014 | Business
Peter Fuda

How can we complain about the marketplace or head office when we score, on average, 6 or 7 across all of these levers? My provocation to you is that we are accepting mediocrity in our organizations.

A Salesman's Secret Weapon

James C. Gibson | Posted 03.05.2014 | Small Business
James C. Gibson

Continue to build passion and company pride, because if you are not sure why you like your company how can you sell its products or services?

Working With Mindfulness: Overcoming the Drive to Multitask

Jacqueline Carter | Posted 02.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Jacqueline Carter

Whether we work in highly-demanding environments or are doing tasks that aren't particularly stimulating, we can all benefit from training ourselves to be more mindful about where and how we place our precious attention.

Jacqueline Carte: Mindfulness as a Foundation for Organizational Effectiveness

Jacqueline Carter | Posted 03.19.2014 | Business
Jacqueline Carter

It is my contention that any organization that wants to survive, thrive, and excel in our increasingly complex, fast-paced, high pressure work environments should pay attention to the organizational effectiveness benefits of mindfulness programs.

How Businesses Hinder Innovation

James C. Gibson | Posted 03.18.2014 | Business
James C. Gibson

Owners and managers may not realize that only they can be a catalyst towards innovation within a company. These factors can hinder not only innovation, but also employee leadership, and accuracy of projects.

Why an In-depth 360 Degree Feedback Is Crucial for Your Development

Shayne Hughes | Posted 12.13.2013 | Business
Shayne Hughes

As an executive for a large government contractor, Kevin was known for his ability to make things happen. Sure, there was collateral damage - a few bo...

Being a Good Manager: Overcoming 5 Common Myths

Sara Gershfeld | Posted 02.01.2014 | Business
Sara Gershfeld

Especially for individuals who have started a business and end up hiring employees and becoming managers, here are five simple myths of managing that will help you turn around the way that you supervise your employees.

How to Convert Values to Action: Design the Right Game

Spencer Critchley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Spencer Critchley

These are rules for a better game, and they're likely to produce better behavior. I believe many organizations would be far better off if they simply (that's not to say easily) took a hard look at the game they're playing now, and changed the rules to ones like these.

Is Your Typical Answer to This Question Limiting Your Career?

Alejandra Ruani | Posted 08.24.2013 | Women
Alejandra Ruani

It's happened to every woman I know in the workplace. You're in the coffee queue, waiting for the elevator or on your way to a meeting when you're asked a simple question that you often dread.

Seeking Help in the Shadow of a Doubt

Adam Grant | Posted 06.08.2013 | Business
Adam Grant

For organizations to prosper, leaders and employees need to seek help and information from people who have vastly different points of view.

An Interview With Author Terri Griffith

Phil Simon | Posted 08.26.2012 | Books
Phil Simon

Santa Clara professor Terri Griffith has published her first book, The Plugged-In Manager: Get in Tune with Your People, Technology, and Organization to Thrive. I sat down with her to talk about the book and the motivations behind writing it.

Big Brother in the Workplace

Brian Tolle | Posted 06.25.2012 | Business
Brian Tolle

It pains me to say this but at some point in every organizational change initiative, you need to call upon the firstborns in the organization to step ...

The Dance of Life and Love

Maria Rodale | Posted 05.07.2012 | Parents
Maria Rodale

The other night, I took my girls to the ballet. My littlest is a natural-born dancer--she leaps and pirouettes around the house all day. So I thought ...

How to Keep the Flame and Not Be Seen as a Torch Bearer

John Friedman | Posted 05.04.2012 | Business
John Friedman

Building a coalition of the passionate and idealistic people within the organization is not enough -- in fact, it can be detrimental if people see your cadre as a band of zealots rather than committed and dedicated business professionals.

How To Have More Insights

David Rock | Posted 04.09.2012 | Healthy Living
David Rock

The human brain is an extraordinary information processing system. It is brilliant at executing certain tasks, particularly physical tasks that can be codified like playing an instrument or driving a car.

"Pepe Le Pews" of Social Networking & Directed Evangelism

Russ Edelman | Posted 02.07.2012 | Business
Russ Edelman

We all know them -- the people in your office who are engrossed with social networking. They often become a nuisance if they are not reigned in in some capacity. Yet, they may be paving a powerful path, that with guidance can introduce real value.

Better a Learner Than a Genius

David Rock | Posted 01.10.2012 | Business
David Rock

People who are praised for being smart "don't want to risk their newly minted genius status," and that fosters static, rigid organizations. Praise for effort keeps people engaged and willing to work hard.

About Leadership: Flatten, Flatten, Flatten

Bernie Bulkin | Posted 12.21.2011 | Business
Bernie Bulkin

I believe in stripping out layers. Relentlessly. Find new and productive things for the middle managers to do. If they are really still useful, they should be good individual contributors at a senior level.

Should Management be a Popularity Contest?

Donna Flagg | Posted 12.03.2011 | Business
Donna Flagg

I'll tell you this; you can't compare the results between work that people want to do versus when they feel as though they have to do it.

In 2011, Sustainability Will Force the De-Gendering of Business Leadership

Andrea Learned | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Andrea Learned

As we move into 2011, I predict that diverse organizations will have a huge advantage. And mastering the context of sustainable business will be the greatest leadership benchmark.

Dear Leader: Your Job Is Culture

Edward Muzio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Edward Muzio

Culture doesn't need to be abstract, mysterious, or the purview of only the most magnetic and magical leaders.

Ogres and Narcissists in Management

Donna Flagg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Donna Flagg

It worries me to think that we turn a blind eye when people appoint themselves center of the universe. It only takes one of them to disrupt an entire group that would otherwise function well and harmoniously, not to mention more productively.

Do Your Teams Produce Reports or Results?

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

In many organizations, success becomes defined as a good set of recommendations, even if there is no tangible change. Challenge your teams to produce a real result and not just a report.

Is Your Data at a Middle School Dance?

George Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
George Weiner

Over the last 10 years the web and our personal identifiable data has grown up. It has gone from an awkward middle school dance -- boys on one side girls the other.

How to Manage Me: Millennials and Communication

Tyler Mahoney | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Tyler Mahoney

Managers need their millennial employees connected and networking in this accelerated business world.