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Restructuring, rightsizing, employee rebalancing…regardless of what you call it, layoffs are tough on every employee. Either you are a target now, or you could be a target later. When a company is willing to let people go, no one feels safe. That’s a key word: ‘Safe’. When employees don’t feel safe there is a noticeable decrease
“In my heart and soul, I knew I wasn’t answering the fundamental question of why the world needs this company to be successful.” ~ R.J. Scaringe, CEO, Rivian Ominous statement. Why would a CEO care about the ‘why of the world’? Isn’t a strategy enough? If we are producing a good product or service, isn’t that
Novice drivers want to place one foot on the accelerator while keeping one on the brake. The car doesn’t move very well. It takes trust to lift the left foot and get things moving. When we roll out change we want everyone pushing in the same direction: forward! People can only do that when they have
Influence comes in a wide variety of flavours. Great salespeople use subtle methods of moving you towards a decision. Taskmasters use blunt force: coercion. When you need people to get on board with an important change in an age where people want to decide for themselves, what do you do? Broadly, we can divide influence
You’re waiting in a doctor’s office. In the waiting room is a table with a puzzle on it. Incomplete. It’s within easy reach. Do you drop a few pieces into place to pass the time? You can reference neuroscience or theories of gestalt or the popularity of the New York Times crossword to arrive at