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Tag: Engagement

Tribal Animals

November 28, 2018
Tribal Animals

Nature Rules There is a lot of discussion about organizational culture these days. What is it? How does it contribute to or inhibit effectiveness? How do we “manage” it? “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” – Peter F. Drucker I define culture as simply “the way things get done around here.” And that means how decisions […]

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The Resistance

September 12, 2018
The Resistance

Engagement:  I was slightly amused at the recent NY Times anonymous editorial about the “Internal Resistance” to the present leadership. “Welcome to our world,” I said out loud to no one in particular. They are lucky that this is out in the open. We in the private sector rarely get such a heads up! According […]

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Meaningful Work

May 16, 2018 0 Comments
Meaningful Work

Engagement: There’s lots of talk about employee engagement these days. And there’s good reason for us to be discussing this topic. Gallup tells us that about 70% of our employees are disengaged. It’s been the same number, plus or minus a percent or two, since they have been doing the employee survey. Apparently, few find […]

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The Early Bird . . .

April 13, 2016 0 Comments
The Early Bird . . .

. . . gets the worm. AND, the Early Worm Gets Eaten. The worm that sleeps in survives. But if too many worms sleep in, the Bird will go hungry — or learn to sleep in as well! What got me thinking about all this stuff was one of my favorite podcasts, Freakonomics, which did […]

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Backwards on the Vacation Thing

August 5, 2015 0 Comments
Backwards on the Vacation Thing

Safety I beg your indulgence. I am going to get to the vacation thing, but first a few other thoughts to put this all in context. We are told, I think correctly, that to be great leaders we need to build a safe environment for our people. What that means is that everyone is treated […]

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With Leadership it’s More Than Simply Knowing the Words

March 18, 2015 0 Comments
With Leadership it’s More Than Simply Knowing the Words

Sometimes novice musicians can tell you all the words to a vocal piece or what all the Latin instructions are on an instrumental score. They may be able to play or sing the piece with technical precision. Still, unless they also can interpret the passion and the full range of emotions, their performance will fall […]

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Leadership: Clarity

May 28, 2014
Leadership: Clarity

Almost all the leadership topics of the day wind up talking about “clarity” at one point or another. Why is that? I noticed this phenomenon while reading such diverse topics as “employee engagement,” “vision and purpose statements,” “execution culture,” “developing leaders,” “executive coaching” and “what motivates employees.” The common thread I noticed was clarity. The […]

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Book Review: Drive by Daniel Pink

June 15, 2010
Book Review: Drive by Daniel Pink

Daniel Pink has hit this one out of the park, again! Finally, someone has connected the dots on motivation, and why our system doesn’t work. We’ve been starring at those dots for decades. Pink points out that, for all practical purposes, management hasn’t changed in a 100 years. Leaders and managers cannot motivate employees; not […]

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