by Dr. Linda Burrs - Nov, 2008
If leaders are not intentionally creating cultures of inclusion, then by default, they are creating cultures of exclusion. For years the term diversity seems to have taken the brunt of everything that is not good about working in organizations. The misinformation and disinformation attached to the word diversity are extraordinary. Diversity has been substituted for affirmative action, EEOC, artificial quotas and the cause of u...
Six Musts For The New Manager
by Alexandra Levit - Nov, 2008
In the past, becoming a boss for the first time was a rough transition. You were expected to take the reins with no training or preparation whatsoever, and your team would suffer the consequences. Fortunately, in the twenty-first century, it seems that organizations have woken up and realized that poor supervisor/employee relationships are a major barrier to retention, and you will likely be signed up for a leadership develop...
Myopia on Wall Street and Congress - And The CEO Compensation Pay Puzzle
by Eva Jenkins - Oct, 2008
Million-dollar compensation packages for financial CEO’s with poor performance records that will be paid due to loopholes in the Congressional bailout of Wall Street are a waste of money and human capital. CEO’s who are walking away from the Wall Street meltdown are being rewarded with million-dollar compensation packages while the American taxpayer shoulders the financial responsibility of protecting companies, workers, an...
Three Actions to Reverse a Declining Brand
by Dwain Celistan - Sep, 2008
One of the most exciting opportunities for a marketing leader is making a positive difference. A tangible means of measuring your impact is to reverse negative business trends. This shares learning from one of several business reversals that I've led. In this instance, the example is a confectionery product. The brand was a long term consumer favorite, particularly in the movie theatres. However, over time, cost savings and...
You're Downsized - Now What?
by Dwain Celistan - Sep, 2008
Seven steps to take to get your next opportunity. In today's business environment, many people have been laid off, given early or forced retirement or been the casualty in a merger or acquisition. In addition, there are several persons have been terminated, "let go" or fired by their employer. You are not alone; this is and has happened to millions of Americans over the past several years. So the issue is less about "why...
As If They Were You
by Nan S. Russell - Aug, 2008
"Treat everybody else as if they were you." These words gave me pause. I wonder what it would be like if we each did what this "unknown author" is advocating? Would she still have abandoned her station at the airport fast food restaurant to get a fork and share a pastry with her friend while her customers waited if she followed this adage? Would he still have sat by the window of the plane with his feet on the seat and kne...
Teambuilding Makes Your Organization Stronger
by Mary G. White - Aug, 2008
What makes a group of people who work together function as a team? Just because people are employed by the same company does not mean that they see themselves as a team or that they engage in teamwork. It's a fact that working together is not the same thing as teamwork. It’s important for managers to understand the difference between the work of teams and the concept of teamwork. When the people who work for your organizati...
The Business Results of Coaching
by Marshall Brown - Aug, 2008
Without a doubt, coaching is the hottest approach to enhancing the performance of the people in an enterprise—whether it’s teams of coaches working with managers in an association, Fortune 500 company, transition coaching for new C-level executive hires, or coaches working with the owners of small businesses or sole proprietorships. It is clear from the increasing acceptance and investment in coaching, among the broad spectrum...
Stress Management for Optimum Performance (Part One)
by Liz Bywater, PhD - Aug, 2008
Stress. It's a fact of life for today's busy executives, managers, and independent business owners. And that isn't entirely a bad thing. After all, without some degree of stress, we might not have the motivation needed for getting things done. No pressures, no deadlines, no real urgency to act. On the other hand, too much stress can dampen performance in a big way. When pressure mounts to excess, even moderate demands can...
Electronic Messaging - A Serial Killer of Business Communications?
by Eva Jenkins - Jul, 2008
We are living in a culture of miscommunication fostered by email, text messages, and IM’s and tolerated by corporate cultures threatens to rob workers of their ability to do business effectively with other human beings. As a consultant and professional coach, I feel that there are grave repercussions to today’s business communications arena where the need for speed routinely trumps the need for clarity. The main concern is...
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