Every year in college basketball, 64 teams compete to make history. The winning team is crowned as champions. Coaches and players don the caps and t-shirts, hoist the trophy and cut the nets. Business champions are built over time as well with the CEO building his or her team in a similar fashion as the […]
In a conflict, you lose a lot of battles, but still win the war. Covid-19 is a war … and with casualties. However, it is a war that we will win and I’ll let history weigh-in on the efficacy of our medical and governmental leadership. The benefit of hindsight will help us with future pandemics, […]
This past week did you catch the news coverage of the UPS and FedEx semis hitting the road with the initial shipments of vaccine? Clouded by the severe economic hardships created by the COVID-19 virus in 2020 … I’m not sure that we instantly grasp or appreciate the medical achievements of developing and delivering this […]
The want ad here is a tongue-in-cheek facsimile to a real recruitment effort. Around 1912-13, 5,000 applicants applied for 27 positions. Which aspect of this job description appealed to the motives of ambitious scientists and seafarers? The opportunity for fame, of course. Ernest Shackleton made four attempts to reach the South Pole between 1902 in […]
There are some parallels between sports and work in this “season” of unprecedented human interruption. In sports, many professional athletes are playing shortened or rescheduled seasons with restricted arena attendances. Or even worse, consider the diminished satisfaction of winning the World Series on a far-from-home neutral ballpark. At work in business, we are limited in […]
Years ago I listened to a recording of John Maxwell telling a Hollywood story to Darren Hardy, publisher of Success Magazine on a CD insert in each monthly issue. Maxwell, a former pastor, “preaches” leadership and my favorite quote of his is “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you […]
Need a greeting card? Recently my wife and I went to the local Hallmark store to purchase some thank you notes, a sympathy and birthday card. I think there are three keys, maybe four, to expressing our thoughts of celebration, friendship, gratitude or sympathy. The image here represents only about one-quarter of the total inventory […]
Intrinsic motivation at work comes from the understanding that our contributions are valued by leadership. In this white paper, Leadership Unplugged, we explore how the pure expression of acoustic music, i.e., without amplification, speaks to the clarity and impact of executives using their own voices to acknowledge – and respect – employee contributions.
In a sports context, in our battle against this dangerous virus it feels like half-time. In our imaginary locker room, planning for the second half, we recognize that the coaches are principals from government, health organizations and hospitals. The players are nurses, doctors and first responders. Across the arena in the visitor’s locker room there […]
Each year, companies large and small vie to be named as a Best Place to Work by various media outlets including Inc., Forbes, local Business Journals, industry trade papers and regional publications. What do these companies share?