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Creativity and Innovation in the Workplace

A common discourse in the workplace these days is how to improve creativity and innovation, which can be central to an organization's performance and sustainability. As the knowledge-based, interconnected global marketplace continues to move ahead at warp speed, it...

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Boosting Employee Commitment (Getting Beyond the 9-to-5)

Let's get real. You want your people to be resourceful, show initiative, think for themselves, own their jobs, come up with solutions, and then implement them with little guidance from you once they've been trained. You think you hired the right person with every...

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Simple Tools to Fight Stress

Chris Kresser is a leader in health, nutrition, and integrative medicine; and recently named as one of the 100 most influential people in health and fitness. I love his article 5 Simple (But Powerful) Tools for Fighting Stress and want to share it with you here. Chris...

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Communicating with Impact

The most effective organizations are those whose cultures emphasize building strong interpersonal relationships, whether internal or external. Doing that requires effective communication. Communication is Key... Communication is one of the most fundamental skills we...

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Deciding How to Decide

There are many skills/capabilities and characteristics that a person needs in order to be an effective manager. To me, any such list should include that a manager:  1. Consider the possibilities. Critical thinking skills are essential to turn things upside down...

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The High Cost of Poor Executive Hiring Decisions

One of the services that I frequently provide is helping companies evaluate C-level job candidates, for positions such as CEO, CFO, COO, CTO, Chief HR Officer, GM, and heads of sales and marketing. Typically, the candidates have been identified and vetted by an...

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For Leaders, Relationships are Key at Work

I deal with business owners, C-level leaders, and mid-level managers nearly every day, and a too-common challenge I see is that many view employees more as objects and as a means to an end than as people. More as tools to be directed, managed, and coordinated than...

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Employee Engagement: Having a Great Day at Work

Think about the last time you had a great day at work. What made it great? I like to think that when you have a great day at work, then you've had an engaged day at work. Studies and surveys show, however, that in the U.S., employee engagement is low; with only about...

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A “Formula” to Change Your Life

Ok, are you ready for a bit of a "deep dive"? I want to take you beyond the go-go-go of your day-to-day life and have you step back from the seemingly endless items on your to-do list (at home or work) ...at least for a few minutes. It is so easy to get caught up in...

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