CONVERSATIONS BEAT PRESENTATIONS ANY DAY

When we hear the term presentation we tend to think of something prepared; something formal; something thought out and through ahead of time.  In essence, something created in advance.  We also tend to think of something of length rather than of a spontaneous, on the spot response. The term presentation also suggests a monologue.  A…

GOOGLE’S WORK RULES

I’ve been on a reading kick of late and recently finished a book written by Google’s People Operations Director Laszlo Bock.  Its title is Work Rules: Insights From Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live And Lead.  It is not surprising the book has hit both the New York Times and the Wall Street…

KNOWING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS TO ASK: CONNECTING THE DOTS

I recently finished reading a fascinating book by Gillian Tett entitled The Silo Effect; The Peril Of Expertise And The Promise Of Breaking Down Barriers.  Ms. Tett is a social anthropologist by training, an award-winning journalist and a senior editor for the Financial Times. Readers who have worked for reasonably large organizations will instantly be…

SPEAK IN PLAIN LANGUAGE

If you work for an organization of reasonable size you understand what I mean when I say that management often speaks in gobble-de-gook. This is a language that often turns management initiatives into alphabetical acronyms like ADIM (Advanced Data Information Management) or NGAD (Next Generation automotive Development) and then begins to pronounce them as if they were…

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,…

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