Focus on Team Optimization, NOT your Low Performers

One of the driving forces of innovation in Silicon Valley is not the one or two geniuses roaming around the campus of a Google of Facebook. Software engineers in The Valley are encouraged to work together because studies show groups tend to innovate faster, see mistakes more quickly and find better solutions to problems.

Being too close to your employees can backfire

Over the years, leadership books, blogs and podcasts have encouraged leaders to form close relationships with their teams as another linchpin in organizational efficiency. But what if being too close to your employees can backfire? A recently published research article in the Journal of Applied Psychology, suggests that it could. The research is based on … Continue reading Being too close to your employees can backfire

The Effects of Politics in an Organization

As the nation continues to struggle through the government shutdown, the two "leaders" with the power to end it have begun playing political games at the expense thousands of governmental employees' lives. Recent events have brought the awful effects of politics in an organization. Pelosi fired the first shot citing the shutdown as a reason … Continue reading The Effects of Politics in an Organization

HR Should Function like the Central Nervous System in the Organization

I have yet to meet someone who did not marvel at the wonders of the human body.  Billions of cells working together behind the scenes to manufacture life in countless forms of beauty and wonder.  As a self-proclaimed nerd, I immerse myself in documentaries, books, and articles related to the inner-workings of our bodies, especially … Continue reading HR Should Function like the Central Nervous System in the Organization

HR is NOT in charge of CULTURE

I get a little miffed every time I see HR take lead on a company's culture. Sure, it's part of our repertoire of items we have influence but it is by no means our responsibility.

Running from the Zombies- Why Creatives Suffer in the Corporate World

The wildly popular AMC series Walking Dead, features a band of survivors who band together in a world plagued by flesh-eating zombies. If you think about it, most of corporate America is a lot like the Walking Dead series. You have so many people that aimlessly walk through the halls, zapped of life and creativity. … Continue reading Running from the Zombies- Why Creatives Suffer in the Corporate World

Do your team a favor-GET RID OF THE LOSER!

You most likely read that title and immediately had someone come to mind didn't you?The loser. They are the drag on your team, the ones who complain and stir shit up or just suck the energy out of your high performing team. Losers are not necessarily bad people, they just do not belong on your … Continue reading Do your team a favor-GET RID OF THE LOSER!

The Acceptable Way to Get Mad at Work

Most of us spend more time at work than we do anywhere else, so why is it so surprising that work can make us so angry?   While building your business or your career, you are often judged more on how you handle tough situations versus how you handle the easy ones.  You cannot afford … Continue reading The Acceptable Way to Get Mad at Work

Why Diversity is Important to Me

I guess what drives me nuts is how this topic has become about checking boxes or embracing change when it is really about people. When did we take the HUMAN out of humanity?

“To Do” or Not “To Do”- That is the Question

So, if you're like any other regular, task-focused professional, you live and die by the great, all powerful "To Do" list.  Every morning or every night before you leave, you work feverishly to get your list going so that you can relax.  Unfortunately, it is also how you determine success on any given day.  How … Continue reading “To Do” or Not “To Do”- That is the Question