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How do you create a workplace where people don’t get under your skin? It’s really interesting to research the reasons people creep each other out at work. Complaints generally range from messy desks, condescending manners, goody two shoes suck ups, employees who don’t care, and many more. The ways we get under each others’ skins are endless. Sometimes we just can’t deal with a person we work with because they’re untruthful, deceptive, and conniving to their very cores. I have only dealt with a handful[…]
Were We Programmed to Be Average? There is this stunning quotation from Elton John in the movie Rocketman, when he finally comes to the realization that who he is—his own identity—demands that he must personally make a choice of who he will become. “You have to kill the person you were meant to be to become the person that you want to be.” What is it worth to you to become the person you want to be instead of following the path that seems inevitable? There is[…]
How you accept and give criticism will determine a great deal about how you succeed—in both life and career. Managing and profiting from criticism is a key skill at work and at home. Not becoming a punching bag for critics is equally important.
Who do you want on your team? There is no more fundamental question. That’s the question the NFL, the military, business, and every group asks that wants to get something done. This question–who do you want on your team–tops business fundamentals like sales and revenue. With the right team, every problem can be solved except those like hurricanes and tornados. Even well -funded organizations with everything going for them fail because of dysfunctional teams. Putting together a great team with effective team members often seems[…]
Few people navigate the world of employment today without at some point finding themselves jobless. Companies fold, they’re acquired, reorged, and downsized. Sometimes you find yourself over your head in a project or on the wrong side of politics–bottom line is you’re out. People get fired—it’s what happens.
How did you feel the first time you walked into your boss’s office for your first review? Truth be told I thought I was the one who should be evaluating my boss. I was certainly smarter and more competent than he was. He was very fortunate he hired me. I’d really saved this organization. Yet on the other hand, this boss evaluating me had the total ability to fire me on the spot–it had happened before. He could give me a raise or promote me. […]
I really don’t even hate to admit it–most meetings I attend, I wish I were somewhere else. I’m the guy you’ll find looking at my phone, staring at the clock, emailing people about a pending project. Meetings can be invaluable in driving the progress of an organization, but mostly they just drive you crazy. People are fond of saying that meetings are pointless, and that’s just not true–there’s a point to the meeting or nobody would be there. The point of the meeting is often[…]
Decision Making Skills–Your Most Important Tool One of the most important skills you’ll ever possess is your ability to make good decisions. Decision making is something we all struggle with– yet it makes us or breaks us. How do you feel about your decision making process? Can you make a decision–business or personal–and be happy with it? Can you move on quickly and not look back? Decisions Then and Now–How Decision-making has Changed As a child decisions were easier–they were based on a few fundamentals: […]
I think all of us have felt like the Aflac Duck, quacking our bills off about something really important–if only we could get someone to listen. A great example of a voice that people didn’t listen to was W. Edwards Deming, inventor of process improvement, rejected in the U.S. that catapulted Japan to dominance in the auto industry. Several years ago Carol Kallendorf, PhD and I created a system of alignment that is the key component in organizational success. In those years executives often told us they[…]
Do you remember the Roadrunner cartoons? They’re a huge chunk of Americana that you can check out on YouTube. In the cartoons, the Roadrunner never speaks–his only words are a cheery “Beep! Beep!” He’s a cocky bird, zooming over tricky terrains–mountains above, cliffs below. The Road Runner is constantly pursued by his nemesis, Wile E Coyote, whose life goal is to make the Roadrunner his lunch. He contrives elegant inventions worthy of Thomas Edison in order to trap the Roadrunner–it’s only that they always fail. […]