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Planning and Developing Employees’ Confidence

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series Placebo Management

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series Placebo ManagementIn discussing his performance review me, a friend indicated his employer thought he needed confidence. So, I asked, “What are they going to do to help develop that?” Dumbfounded, he shrugged his shoulders. Isn’t it ironic that we talk about building confidences of soldiers, […]

Three Key Emotional Triggers (Pt 3): Long-term Security

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Three Key Emotional Triggers

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Three Key Emotional TriggersThe first key emotional trigger I will explore from the aspects of behavior, thought and emotion is security. More formally it’s long-term security. So, the question is this: If security is important to someone how will it manifest itself in behavior, thought […]

Top Seven Sun Tzu Quotes: #6 Seeking Victory

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Sun Tzu Top 7

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Sun Tzu Top 7At number six in my list of top seven Sun Tzu quotes from The Art of War, I have: Therefore, a skilled commander seeks victory from the situation and does not demand it of his subordinates. One aspect of Sun Tzu that […]

Plug ‘n Play Employees: Not Enough Qualified People

How many times have employers exclaimed, “It’s so difficult to find qualified people”? Well, James Surowiecki’s article, “Mind the Gap” (The New Yorker, July 9 & 16, 2012 edition) ironically claims it’s the employers who are creating their own problem. I first experienced this when a friend working for a local manufacturer claimed they couldn’t […]

Not Just the Message Anymore

Managers devote tremendous energy in crafting the right message. However, it’s not just the message anymore as Alex “Sandy” Pentland writes in “The New Science of Building Great Teams,” which appeared in the April 2012 edition of the Harvard Business Review.   Communication Map – Not Just the Message Anymore   This relates to his […]

Entering the Golden Age of Women in Business

If you have a son and a daughter both under college age, odds are greater that she will become CEO of a Fortune 500 company. As I was writing my book, The Feminine Influence in Business (more), in 2003 and 2004, I made this prediction to friends: Within the next generation or two, more women […]

Downside of Focus and Rise of Situational Awareness

Classical business literature emphasizes focus: set goals, plan, and then focus on execution. However, it’s relatively void of focus’ downside: obliviousness to peripheral threats and opportunities. In the mid-1900’s, when conditions didn’t change as dynamically as today’s, extensive research, planning and focus worked. Today, most research is outdated upon completion. Consequently, situational awareness (SA) becomes […]

Correlation between Excellent Performers and Flattened Growth

As people’s careers progress, they tend to become more risk adverse, less willing to accept challenges. Much is because they feel they have too much to lose if wrong. Enough of these people in a company can retard its growth and our own too. Awareness of their existence will help to protect us. In “The […]

Stock Gambling & Poker Investing: Lesson in Skill & Outcomes

The May 21, 2011 edition of The Economist had two articles casting a cloud over the skill inherent in successful stock market investing. Why is this important to intuition? It’s because we tend to have an emotional bias that overweighs outcomes in the evaluation of skill. In fact, the article, “Poker-faced”, cites Steve Levitt and […]

Informal Organizational Power: Your Personal Influence in Organizations

The power someone has as a leader in an organization is a function of 1) the authority it gives him and 2) his personal influence within the organization. The former is formal organizational power (FOP) and the latter informal organizational power (IOP). Figures 1 and 2 help us visualize their difference. The importance of IOP […]

The Key to Great Advice is That It Doesn’t Have to Be Right

A colleague was concerned whether her advice was helping someone. Too many times, we focus on the advice rather than the process of giving advice. The real key to helping others is that you don’t have to be right. The best help is where you help others help themselves. It’s a matter of encouraging, even […]

Passion for the Job & Creativity

In the last month, my wife and I had the opportunity on separate occasions to talk to a director of a very successful organic farm and the owner of a local Thai restaurant about talent. In both cases, they emphasized people who had a passion for their work. In the director’s case, he felt talent […]

#1 Resistor to Technological Integration: Mindset

Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway and holder of 440 patents worldwide, says in the June 12th issue of The Economist, “Technology is easy to develop. Developing a new attitude, moving the culture from one mental model to another, that’s the difficult part . . .” From the rifle, to the machine gun, to […]