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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?

Going from Start-Up to Corporate

My company has changed a great deal over the years. We have gone from an energetic start up with a fantastic idea to a large organizationally stratified high tech corporation. When I first started with the company in 1996, people didn’t care about titles and if someone had a great idea they were given the . . . → Read More: Going from Start-Up to Corporate

What Can the Restaurant Business Teach Me?!?

I’m attending a conference in a couple of weeks where Danny Meyer, author of the best selling book “Setting the Table”, will be speaking about his business philosophy. The conference organizers strongly recommend that we read his book. My initial reaction was an internal groan when I thought about how much trouble I have struggling . . . → Read More: What Can the Restaurant Business Teach Me?!?

Working on the business, not in it

I just finished working with other leaders on the coming fiscal year initiatives. As I worked through the identification of our future efforts it occurred to me that some of my peers were caught by surprise by this planning exercise. Some were prepared with specific needs of their organizations because of well defined goals and . . . → Read More: Working on the business, not in it

The New Corporate Catch Phrase – Collaboration

I chuckle when reflecting on the latest trend in high tech corporations. Word is that we are moving from a “command and control” structure to one of “collaboration.” Wiki, Web 2.0, blogs. All exciting technologies that help us to communicate across geographies and maintain a common thread in the conversations over time. In this new . . . → Read More: The New Corporate Catch Phrase – Collaboration

Meetings – Planning Sessions or Productivity Killers?

I marvel at some of the meetings I sit through during the workday. Someone calls a meeting about a subject or project that I’m interested so I accept. Attendees gather in a conference room and chit chat while a presenter futzes to set up a projector in the first 5 minutes of the scheduled time . . . → Read More: Meetings – Planning Sessions or Productivity Killers?

Do You Have the Right People?

What happens if you don’t have the right people? The value of the organization isn’t met and the reputation of the function is poor. I’ve seen many organizations in large and medium sized companies that are viewed as “retirement jobs.” What happens is that either the deliverables and goals are not well defined or the . . . → Read More: Do You Have the Right People?