An ordeal is not… ideal – Thoughts on working conditions; workplace morale; plain old fashioned “fun”

ordeal a painful or horrific experience, especially a protracted one. —————— You remember the old illustration/joke. A couple is talking, and the woman says: “It’s just… there’s all this pressure. My head just won’t start hurting.” The man finally says “You do have a nail in your head.” (Watch the short video, “It’s Not About the… Read More An ordeal is not… ideal – Thoughts on working conditions; workplace morale; plain old fashioned “fun”

Ellen Auster and Lisa Hillenbrand on “Stragility”: An interview by Bob Morris

Ellen R. Auster is Professor of Strategic Management at the Schulich School of Business, York University. Prior to joining Schulich, she was on the faculty at the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University in NYC and Visiting Faculty at the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire. She earned her… Read More Ellen Auster and Lisa Hillenbrand on “Stragility”: An interview by Bob Morris

Laurie Sudbrink: An interview by Bob Morris

With a passion for developing accountable and proactive workplaces, Laurie Sudbrink established Unlimited Coaching Solutions, Inc. in 1999. She has been a catalyst for change in the workplace ever since. She brings more than 20 years of corporate experience in human relations, leadership/ management, sales, marketing, and training. She is certified as a New York… Read More Laurie Sudbrink: An interview by Bob Morris

“80% of Employees are not Committed to the Mission…” – Let’s talk about Employee Engagement

“80% of Employees are not Committed to the Mission of their organization” – Holy Mackerel!  Let’s talk about Employee Engagement. (First, my apology.  I read the statistic below about employee engagement, but can’t remember where, and failed to save it in my “to blog” filing system, and I can’t remember any specific quote accurately enough… Read More “80% of Employees are not Committed to the Mission…” – Let’s talk about Employee Engagement

Cory Weismann, two Coaches, and a Story Told by Frank Deford

We lead by being human. We do not lead by being corporate, professional, or institutional.  (Paul G. Hawken, founder, Smith and Hawken) Quoted by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Pozner — Encouraging the Heart:  A Leaders Guide to Rewarding and Encouraging Others ————– A suggestion – stop what you are doing and listen to this… Read More Cory Weismann, two Coaches, and a Story Told by Frank Deford

This Baffles Me: So Much Emphasis On Innovation, and Leadership – So Little Actual Innovation and Leadership

Consult any of the current works unlocking the mysteries of the leadership and management arts by revealing “7 miracles,” “12 simple secrets,” “13 fatal errors,” “14 powerful techniques,” “21 irrefutable laws,” “30 truths,” “101 biggest mistakes,” and “1001 ways.” Chris Lowney, Heroic Leadership:  Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company that Changed the World  —————- Bob… Read More This Baffles Me: So Much Emphasis On Innovation, and Leadership – So Little Actual Innovation and Leadership

This Thanksgiving, I’m Grateful for Dwight Eisenhower

You know the drill.  We answer this question:  “what are you most grateful for this Thanksgiving?”  And, in one way or another, people always answer “family,” – or, at least, the people who are “like family.”  I share that sentiment.  I am so very grateful for my family. But this year, I add Dwight Eisenhower… Read More This Thanksgiving, I’m Grateful for Dwight Eisenhower