18 May 2018
The point is that our co-workers are often like our neighbors. When we move into a building or to a new house, we pretty much take what we get. Some neighbors are great, some are dripping with gossip and meanness and others just keep to themselves. Only very rarely do best friends join the same company, advance together, nurture and support each other.
07 May 2018
The analogies abound; sharks in the water, gathering clouds, rough seas, a million fires to put or most anything else that can be imagined, reference the impending sense of defeat. It is a crushing sense of going under and being overwhelmed. If you have never experienced this feeling in your work or even personal life, then congratulations, you are one of the lucky few. It is almost a guarantee that the higher you advance in your work life, the more likely these feelings will come to you – and at you.
30 April 2018
However, for most of us, when we seek a position we approach companies or associations and not the other way around. Therein lies the basic problem for any executive leader. When an executive leader joins an organization or assumes management of a new department or section or branch, she or he has a well-established team in place. Though an inefficient or sub-par employee can be fired or replaced, the process is not like drafting one athlete and trading away another athlete.
24 April 2018
The executive was distraught. He had taken the afternoon off in part, to collect his thoughts. He told me he “saw the end in sight.” Thank goodness he was not referring to his health, but to his career. His company was going “belly-up.” He had given them close to 15 years which in this day and age was impressive. To make matters worse, his industry was dying. He was a man with huge responsibilities. He had no idea what he was going to do.
16 April 2018
When leadership or personnel problems occur in a corporate or entrepreneurial organization, almost always someone, some manager or some department is acutely aware that something is wrong. The deeper issue is not that people within the organization were clueless as to whether a problem existed, but why nothing was done.