Do You Have Any Friends At Work?

For many of us, this may seem like a strange question.   Do we have any friends at work? The reason the question may sound a bit ironic is that the two words; “friends” and “work” don’t always intermingle. The notion of work has traditionally encouraged people to show only their “professional” selves. In most work […]

Read more "Do You Have Any Friends At Work?"

There’s a Dark Side to Heroic Leadership, and It’s Haunting Most Organizations

In her recent TED Talk, Margaret Heffernan, an entrepreneur, former CEO of five companies and author, discussed an experiment on productivity by evolutionary biologist William Muir at Purdue University.  Muir was interested in productivity and leverages experiments with chickens for one simple reason — their productivity is easy to measure because you can just count […]

Read more "There’s a Dark Side to Heroic Leadership, and It’s Haunting Most Organizations"

This Is The New Battleground In Business

There’s a new battleground in business.   It isn’t about money, resources, or scale.  It’s not even about brand. In the past decade, Apple has been very successful at disrupting traditional industries by introducing products that offer incredible experiences to consumers and businesses. Apple fearlessly took on incumbents such as Sony, Nokia and Blackberry, who were […]

Read more "This Is The New Battleground In Business"

CEOs and Employees Want Change. So Why Isn’t It Happening?

One of the things I consistently notice when speaking to employees about culture change is the finger-pointing back at senior management.  I hear  “They need to change” or “Management needs to change their behaviors first!”.    Non-coincidentally, this exact same sentiment is shared when speaking with management.  They’re saying: “Our employees don’t want to change.  We […]

Read more "CEOs and Employees Want Change. So Why Isn’t It Happening?"

How I Saved 10 Hours a Month

The other day, my 5-year-old daughter asked me what my plan was for the day.   I told her, I’m going to work.   “What are you going to do there, Daddy?” she said in her ever-so-inquisitive way.   “Well, I’ve got a bunch of meetings” I answered.   Next came the question that stumped me: “Why do you […]

Read more "How I Saved 10 Hours a Month"

Rethinking Performance Reviews

Last week, my colleague Sameer Patel put out a blog on a topic that’s been lingering in my “there’s got to be a better way to do this” pile for quite a while.  The topic:  Rethinking Performance Reviews. Patel’s blog, titled “Why Performance Management needs to be disrupted. Pronto”, describes what both managers and employees […]

Read more "Rethinking Performance Reviews"