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Managing in an Environment of Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt (FUD)

It’s the spring of 2009 and the economy is in the dumper. The average American family’s wealth has dropped by 18% and California’s unemployment rate has topped 10%. Just about everyone in Silicon Valley knows someone who has been laid off from, what were once, promising economic high flying companies and employees are feeling insecure . . . → Read More: Managing in an Environment of Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt (FUD)

Paternal Leadership

I’ve known many leaders that are extremely protective of their staff. You know, those managers who people go to when they’re struggling with problems or have gotten themselves in trouble. These “paternal” leaders often provide answers and approaches to problems that are clear an easy to follow. The loyal follower just goes off and executes . . . → Read More: Paternal Leadership

Stress, how do we deal with it?

Wow, its been a busy summer. So much so that I have not been able to practice what I preach and write my thoughts down. I have at least maintained my reading schedule to keep myself semi-sane (and for those of you who know me well, that’s even a stretch). I picked up an interesting . . . → Read More: Stress, how do we deal with it?

What Causes Passive Aggressive Behaviors at Work?

Leadership is a double edged sword. On the one hand, leaders who are too controlling make their people feel uncomfortable making decisions. On the other hand, leaders who don’t provide enough guidance create a culture that fosters inconsistency and lacks goals. Both extremes cause passive aggressive behaviors that break down corporate culture and damage trust. . . . → Read More: What Causes Passive Aggressive Behaviors at Work?

Web 2.0 is Creating New Rules for Communication

I watch several blogs because they provide outstanding insights. All of them post with sporadic frequency but I was concerned when Ed Batista stopped posting for over a month on his blog “Executive Coaching and Change Management”. I started to worry about his health or was afraid that he’d lost interest. Many blog entries I’ve . . . → Read More: Web 2.0 is Creating New Rules for Communication

Viral Marketing and 2.0 Tools

Web 2.0 has certainly changed the way many people interact. It has created communities, provided a vehicle for customized interaction, and has been a platform for collaboration. The communications aspects of Web 2.0 are breakthrough technology for marketing and delivery of new products and services. We can overlay new methods on existing business functions, such . . . → Read More: Viral Marketing and 2.0 Tools

Web 2.0, Fad or Future?

Web 2.0 is all about making personal connections directly and immediately. More and more I hear about how blogs, wikis, and social networking sites are changing the way we live and play. Clearly teens and above have started to use sites like Facebook and MySpace in ways that have changed social interaction but I’m not . . . → Read More: Web 2.0, Fad or Future?

Living In a “Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt” Culture

Anyone working in a large company recognizes that cultural frictions occur between organizations. Symptoms of organizational friction can be regular escalations and rumors that create “fear, uncertainty, and doubt”. These symptoms all have common causes: conflicting measurements, different values, or unclear deliverables. Unless values, measurements, and deliverables are aligned, conflict will become increasingly acrimonious. These . . . → Read More: Living In a “Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt” Culture

Crisis Junkies

I am amazed to watch people who love a crisis. Oh, I don’t mean those that love critical situations and the immediate effect decisions have. I’m talking about fire fighters, ready to whisk into action, stomping out the figurative flames, with a can of petrol and a book of matches behind their backs. I refer . . . → Read More: Crisis Junkies