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Employee Suggestion Programs – What Works. What Doesn’t By Robert Bacal

Anatomy Of A Successful Employee Suggestion Program We have talked to several organizations that have introduced employee suggestion programs to make use of the knowledge and skills of employees with respect to reducing wasted work, or increasing productivity and efficiency. Unfortunately, the track record of these programs is not great. Some of the comments received […]

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The Four Competencies of Leadership

It’s wonderful—perhaps because it’s so rare—to reread something that you started using thirty years ago and discover that it’s still highly relevant. Desktops were just beginning to show up and technology organizations were starting to use organizational networks. Organizations began to flatten and the need for leading started to surface. The talk was all about […]

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Sometimes the Best Is Actually the Least Worst

Sometimes there are no good options. An executive looks around and sees three managers who are no more than ordinary. But he has a high profile project. And so he selects the least worst employee for the project. It happens in business, in non-profits, in communities, in churches and in government far more than most want to […]

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Can You Really Tell Whether Your Boss Is Telling the Truth?

The short answer to that question is no: absolutely not. Yet bosses matter a lot because nearly all employees have them.  And most bosses also have bosses. There are at least 21 million bosses in the United States.  Bob Sutton points out that estimates run as high as 38 million bosses.  Far more often than […]

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Before You Bring In A Motivational Speaker…Consider Possible Harm.

In the past I’ve suggested that most motivational speakers cost good money and achieve nothing more than very temporary increases in “motivation” and morale. That’s a best case scenario. The poor ones don’t achieve anything at all. There’s another question though. Can motivational speakers cause harm to individuals and organizations? The answer is a resounding […]

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If You Want to Lead, Please Raise Your Hand

I was at an event for healthcare executives last week and one of the panel discussions was on which leadership skills are needed for the future in the industry.  Afterwards, I spoke to some on the panel and a few other attendees and asked them, “How do you identify future leaders?”  The answers were varied, […]

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It Takes Three—Creative Type, Business Type, and…?

I once read that you need three people to run a successful business—a creative leader, a businessperson, and an a**hole says business and leadership blogger Dan Oswald. Now, I’m not sure you actually need three people, but you definitely need all three skill sets in the top people in the company, says Oswald, CEO of […]

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Armchair Manager: What Sports Can Teach Us About Management

One of the reasons I enjoy sports is the human dynamic at work in every sporting endeavor, says business and leadership blogger Dan Oswald. At different times and in different sports, an athlete may do battle with another competitor, the elements, or even with himself and his will. This fascinates me, says Oswald, CEO of […]

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Managing Bosses, Be They Remarkable, Toxic or Perilous

Job satisfaction begins and ends with the boss, says executive coach Dr. Karol Wasylyshyn, author of Behind the Executive Door: Unexpected Lessons for Managing Your Boss and Your Career. To make the boss/you relationship work, first determine whether you have a Remarkable, Toxic or Perilous boss. Wasylyshyn. a licensed psychologist and executive advisor, is founder […]

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