Archive | June, 2014

Employee Engagement: “There is no there there.”

There is a terrific amount of opinion, written and otherwise, about employee engagement. But it looks as though what Gertrude Stein said about her home town of Oakland, California, is also true of employee engagement: “there is no there there.” If you can deal with the challenge, you’ll want to go through Rob Briner’s thought […]

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Dana White: The Baddest, Most Authentic Leader On The Planet?

Authentic Leadership is an approach or model of leadership described by Bill George, and it’s but one of many perspectives on the challenge of leadership. The notion that leadership need to be “authentic” is a compelling one, because the word suggests that leaders will be more effective when they are “true” to themselves, and reveal […]

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Probationary Periods-Dangerous Device or Necessary Tool?

Many employers start employees off with a “probationary period” during which the employer can let the new employee go without worrying about just cause and lawsuits. Sounds good, but there’s a downside, says attorney Sandra Rappaport. The use of “probationary hiring” has been confusing for employers and employees alike, Rappaport says. Originally, it was a […]

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Nothing Really Works All the Time

Ten years ago the Wharton School of Business named Andy Grove the most influential CEO of the previous 25 years. Yale’s Jeffrey Garten called him a “superb model for future generations of CEOs.” Beyond his obvious success at Intel, why the accolades? Harvard’s Richard Tedlow answered the question best: “Grove has escaped natural selection by […]

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Intelligence Is Still Alive and Well

Although, on occasion, I doubt it. Still these excerpts from two great commencement addresses are salutary. The first excerpt might be entitled something like “How to deal with liberals who act like the Tea Party.” And the second, “C’mon! Passion is an obsolete concept for careers.” Of the ten or so excerpts in Sunday’s Times, […]

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What Happens When Your Theory Doesn’t Work?

All of us have our own theories about how relationships, careers and life are supposed to work. Typically, they are implicit, but they are just as powerful when we don’t recognize them. As I noted in a recent blog, theories sneak up on all of us. Our theories impact reality in profound ways that most […]

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Is Where You Are More Important Than Who You Are?

John Luther Adams, who recently won a Pulitzer Prize for his composition Become Ocean, has lived in Fairbanks, Alaska, for the past 40 years. In an interview he commented that “it’s impossible for us to separate who we are from where we are.” That got me thinking. The typical response about careers is that you […]

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Selection Bias: The Ivory Tower Effect

As a consequence of my recent blog, Three questions about questioning, I had one of those instructive, aha moments. In the blog I noted that two business profs and one world-famous Harvard professor had drawn conclusions about questioning skills that simply would not stand up to scrutiny. After posting the blog, I questioned why these […]

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