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 […]

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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 […]

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Your customers want it. Your employees want it. This is why you need it.

“Did you hear?” says Anna.   “Hear what?” I replied.   “The rumor is that John is on the way out.   I hear his numbers were not that great”. This type of water-cooler conversation happens every few seconds in most organizations.   Rumors spread like wildfire, consuming hours of productivity and stirring up many emotions. With research suggesting […]

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The Rise to Incompetence

Many newly promoted individuals often find themselves over-extended with their performance suffering as a result. When promoted for a position based on your performance in your current role rather your on abilities relevant to the intended role, is where eventually you can reach a job where you are unable to perform well, at which point you will no longer be promoted and will remain in that position indefinitely.

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There’s One Important Metric Missing in The Annual Report

The annual report is a state-of-the-company document used by most public companies to disclose corporate information to their shareholders. Many publically traded companies invest a lot of thought and effort into this publication, which essentially summarizes key financial data, results of operations, market segment information, new product plans, key activities, and research and development activities.   […]

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Everyone Needs to be a Futurist

As the economic climate changes and competition grows, today’s organizations are being consistently challenged to focus on meeting short-term objectives, such as quarterly numbers, while fundamentally transforming the way they do business.   While most of us work on the day-to-day operational details and focus on hitting the metrics, we often assume that there must be […]

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