Catch them right-handed!

Let me guess. I bet you are dealing with a whole host of difficult problems at work: absenteeism, poor quality work, toxic personalities, disconnection, abuse of power, and abuse of privilege. We’ve gotten better at calling out bad behaviors, but the bad behaviors continue to persist. What do we do about...

Hiring is hard, so stop hiring!

A recent US survey from Kantata indicates that 53% of leaders are having trouble hiring full-time employees and are spending 40% of their day dealing with employee turnover. FORTY PERCENT! We’ve been here before. Markets expand and contract. Layoffs have already begun in some areas. In the meantime, the labor pool is...

Have you seen your stakeholders lately?

Alan Weiss and Lisa Larter recently launched the book Masterful Marketing. These two incredibly successful individuals reveal their secrets to success in marketing a business. But before reading a single page of their book, an insight sprang from their promo material: Now replace “buyer” with “employees” or “stakeholders.” How does...

You Need a Symbiote

Shopkeepers take note! Always place your beer near the diapers. A research analyst noticed a correlation between sales of beer and diapers at the grocery store and hypothesized that when men zipped out to grab more diapers, they couldn’t resist stocking up on beer at the same time. A marketing opportunity was...

The Easiest Thing to do is Nothing

As my friend rounded the track, the car entered a long straightaway and accelerated to “ludicrous speed,” I felt a rush in the passenger seat - the kind that tempts you to put your hands up in the air on a roller coaster and whoop for joy! But that next...

You Need to be Two-Faced to Lead Change

Is your glass half empty or half full? We’ve all heard that phrase used to identify optimism and pessimism. Of course, any good consultant knows that dichotomies can be dangerous. There are always shades of grey for good reason. I was just reading how those with a positive mindset have...

Your remote meeting is missing something critical

Recently I was in Hawaii to gather with peers from around the world to focus on entrepreneurship. Our group meets regularly via Zoom, and we get together once a year with an expert to focus on bigger issues. Covid made that impossible for two years.  One could ask, why meet...

If we believe in change, we believe in redemption

Our society is rife with discontent these days. We are easily outraged at gun massacres, and equally outraged when governments attempt to restrict our freedom of choice. We won’t stand for terrorism, but secret surveillance is a non-starter. Every new ideology has to be thrust into the faces of citizens...