THINKING AND ACTING FORWARD

Tradition is a very powerful and important thing.  It is a glue that helps hold nations, societies, families and organizations together.  Traditions are a source of pride, we celebrate them, we defend them, and we hold on to them because they make us feel grounded, safe, stable and secure.  Traditions anchor many of us in…

THE MANAGER’S MAGIC FORMULA

On several occasions in this series of articles I have used the phrase “there is no magic formula” to make the point that a given situation or problem has many potential avenues of redress, none of which carries the guarantee of your desired result. You have to choose and hope for the best. In this…

THE POWER OF AUTHENTICITY: THE COURAGE TO BE YOURSELF

There are countless books and articles dedicated to listing and exploring the qualities possessed by outstanding managers.  However, I believe there is far too little attention paid to the one quality that creates an important degree of comfort we personally develop for working for and with a managerial superior.  I am referring to the quality…

ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE: ORGANIZE AROUND NETWORKS

“Networks, — social, neural, physical, metaphorical — enable connectedness and connectedness changes everything. Networks compress distances and time, that concentration speeds up life, and that, in turn, creates sociological and economic change” (“The New Victorian Age”, by Om Malik,  Fast Company, May 2015,  P. 38. Try to imagine the result if the human body decided to separate our brain, heart, lungs,…

AN ETHICAL TRIP WIRE

Throughout human history, mankind has proven quite capable of ethical breaches that inflict harm on one another.  Examples of everything from minor offenses to serious ethical lapses easily come to mind. Professional men and women with influence, power and authority over others, have their own profession-defined capacity for ethical breaches that often harm others.  Moreover, the temptation to risk…

A PLUG FOR TEAM MANAGEMENT

In their most basic form, organizational work units consist of four parts: (1) a  named entity of some size (i.e. a team, branch, staff, division,  etc); a service or mission focus for that unit; (3) an assemblage of human talent and skills to carry out that service or mission; and (4) a manager or supervisor responsible for making…

ADVERTIZING A JOB: TELL THE TRUTH

I recently had a long conversation with a disgruntled employee.  Her primary issue was that she believed she was lied to and deceived about her job when hired. She told me she applied for and was promised at her hiring a major creative role in a design firm.   She said her boss indicated that he selected…

CREATING POSITIVE TEAM CHEMISTRY

Now here is a dream achievement for most managers; creating positive team chemistry.  If only a manager could find the magic formula that creates a team environment where almost any accomplishment is possible. The trouble is, there is no magic formula. Moreover, positive team chemistry has aspects that are simply beyond a manager’s control.  The…

MERGING ORGANIZATIONS? MERGE PEOPLE AND FAST

Over the years I have observed — up close and from afar — numerous company, business and agency mergers. None of them ever went as smoothly as promised.  A few well-managed mergers produced minimal pain, while some others had their human victims in a perpetual state of anger and unhappiness for years after the event. There are…

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 193 other followers