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Organizational Health: Time for a Check-Up

When you think of organizational health, what comes to mind? Is it morale? Employee engagement and attitude? Financials? Collaboration and positive growth? Maybe organizational health encompasses all of the above – plus more. In his book “Images of Organization,” Gareth Morgan describes eight metaphors for an organization. To me, the most accurate representation of an organization is a living organism, such as a human being. An organization is similar to …Read More

Competencies: The Mighty Sword of Team Development

There’s nothing profound in saying “Effective teamwork is critical to success.” Whether we are talking about small-group projects, an entire department, or an enterprise-wide collaboration, we all know that a well-synchronized team can improve productivity and cut waste. Which sounds great, but how do we get there? Hire the right people? Well, yeah, but we’ve been saying that for 50 years. Let’s dig a little deeper. Why does a team …Read More

Football Season Team Development

As a consolation for the end of summer, football season has returned to the land. Hope springs eternal in the hearts of fans across the country, and this past week the 32 NFL teams have girded their respective loins and are once more vying for the Vince Lombardi Trophy. The advent of the perennial competition for gridiron glory has us thinking about the similarities between football teams and business teams, …Read More

Millennials on Millennials (Part 2)

Popular belief: “We are raising a generation of deluded narcissists,” according to Dr. Keith Ablow, a psychiatrist and member of the Fox News Medical A-Team. Reality: Millennials do feel entitled…to information, and they are more generous than most consider. Yes, Millennials feel entitled to speak their minds, but they are doing more than sharing their opinions in a digital echo-chamber. Older generations often reduce Millennials to teenagers mindlessly “liking” friends’ …Read More

Stabilize your employee investment through good leadership communication

Whether you’re an active investor who craves the thrill of the open market or someone who is simply dutiful in contributing toward your 401K every two weeks, a global stock plunge can inspire feelings of helplessness and anxiety. After 2009, if a global stock plunge does not cause you to feel helpless and anxious, you may be a candidate to take up base jumping or crocodile wrestling. There are frequent …Read More

A Millennial Explains Millennials (Part 1)

In this multipart series, we’ll be addressing some of the common assumptions about Millennials who now represent the greatest chunk of the workforce, and are the most educated generation to date. The data suggests that businesses that harness their ingenuity will be best positioned to capitalize on it. Millennials’ coming-of-age should not be met by panic; with an understanding of how to play to their motivations, you can manage their …Read More

Straight Outta Universal Studios: Strategic Leadership

Universal Studios was all about the Benjamins last weekend with yet another #1 debut at the box office, as the R-rated biopic Straight Outta Compton, detailing the rise of influential gangsta-rap outfit N.W.A, far exceeded projections with a massive 60-million-dollar opening frame. That figure pushed the film studio over the 2-billion-dollar mark for the year. That’s $2B domestic. In hip-hop parlance: Universal is out for dead presidents to represent them. …Read More

People Analytics and Talent Development

In Part 1 of this four-part series (available here), Frank Costanzo and Dr. Dave Solot discussed how the Big Data revolution has changed the way we hire and develop top performers.  In Part II, they talk about People Analytics for recruitment and selection.  Dr. Dave continues the story… Part II:  Building Your Team; Hiring with Analytics I recently worked with a company that was looking to hire a new Sales …Read More

How Leaders Grow: A Framework for Action

If you go to the business section of any major book store, you will find dozens of books claiming to contain the “secret sauce” for how to be a great leader. Many of them offer useful nuggets of advice, but few get to the heart of the matter: significant growth as a leader requires a relentless, ongoing process of self-management. Developing leadership skills is not primarily about techniques and tools. …Read More

Test Your Knowledge of the Millennial Generation

The Millennial Generation: the age group comprised of people born between 1981 and 2000. In other words, the majority of your applicant pool for the next 10 to 15 years. While it may seem simpleminded to lump millions of people into a single category and treat them as a monolithic entity, this is the Internet, and that’s what we do! I kid, but if you work for an organization that …Read More

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