White Noise or Fright Noise? Interpreting the Office Buzz Factor

With today’s open offices, people prefer a steady level of ‘white noise’ to drown out distractions. If it’s too quiet we wonder if the rapture occurred and we missed it. Sometimes conversation levels rise above the background noise. You know ‘something’s up’. Strong leaders pay attention to the OBF: Office Buzz Factor. OBF is the
  • by Jeff Skipper
  • Dec 10, 2018

Avoid Obsolescence: Plan your next brain upgrade!

When I finished my last degree, I decided my brain was big enough. The Master’s program for Organizational Psychology featured a large volume of dense reading in addition to lengthy lectures which distilled decades of knowledge into a firehose. I loved those days, devouring the writings of great thinkers like Argyris, Beckhard and Bennis who
  • by Jeff Skipper
  • Dec 10, 2018

Gauge the impact of change with two simple questions

Change is HARD! Change is RELENTLESS! The pace of change is ACCELERATING! We hear these messages all of the time, while glossing over the following: The rate of change has been high for a long time. Nothing new here. We are built to adapt. We incorporate change into our lives all the time with minimal disruption. Change is not a doom and
  • by Jeff Skipper
  • Nov 10, 2018

Values kill careers: How leaders tune in to avoid derailment

Quick Quiz: When a woman presents an opinion at work, do you give her the same attention as you would a man? Do females get the same promotion opportunities as men in your company? If you witnessed a woman being treated unfairly, inappropriately would you step in and end it? In front of the CEO?
  • by Jeff Skipper
  • Oct 28, 2018

How You Demean Employees and the Key to Stopping it

I hate riding exercise bikes. In fact, I consider all machine-based cardio to be evil. It’s boring, even with a TV in place, to be working so hard to get nowhere. No one associates the word “engaging” with cardio equipment. Gallup’s engagement data is often quoted for it’s mind-numbing finding that 87% of employees are
  • by Jeff Skipper
  • Oct 15, 2018