Executive Book Club: February 2013

All In: How the Best Managers Create a Culture of Belief and Drive Big Results

To have any hope of succeeding as a manager, you need to get your people all in.

Whether you manage the smallest of teams or a multi-continent organization, you are the owner of a work culture—congratulations—and few things will have a bigger impact on your performance than getting your people to buy into your ideas and your cause and to believe what they do matters....


What Makes a Great Leader?

There have been countless books, articles and blogs written about “leadership.” A Google search brings 457,000,000 results. Well, I’m going to make it 457,000,001. I’ve had the good fortune to have worked for some fantastic leaders and each one had unique characteristics that made them great. They were humble, self-aware and fair. These may seem obvious and simple, but these traits are routinely overlooked when hiring for such an important role.

Great leaders realize they aren't going to win every battle or situation. Some of the great leaders never won a championship or the “Gold Leader Award” of...


#Nextchat: The Tangled Web of HR and Recruiting

When an organization sets out to find the best and brightest talent, the collaboration between HR and recruiters is critically important. Unfortunately, friction often exists between the two groups as they attempt to meet numbers and reach goals. This unfortunate dynamic increases the cost per hire and negatively impacts the success of the organization.

On top of all this lies the ambiguous layer of ethical icing that coats the whole process. Competition for a shrinking pool of skilled employees has intensified the argument over where to draw the line with “creative recruiting techniques.”  Can the pressure of competing for talent...


What Creates a High-Performing Organization?


That’s right - Sharing. Not sharing staplers or a filing cabinet drawer. I’m talking about sharing information.

In his book The Collaborative Organization, author Jacob Morgan says collaboration efforts have a direct impact on business performance. The results show as high as 36 percent. Morgan explains the result is linked to the role collaboration plays in helping employees solve company problems.

Studies report that high-performing organizations are more likely to use shared workspaces and wikis than low-performing firms. Workers in high-performing organizations are also more likely to say that social media boosts collaboration and improves...


Eat. Sleep. Do HR.

Hey HR folks!  Is the first word that comes out of your mouth when you head into work – “Ugh!”  Seriously, does the dawning of a new day in your corner of the HR universe generate excitement and anticipation, or drudgery and a loathsome feeling?

The answer most people reading this would say – “It depends on the day!”

You know, that’s fair.  The question you have to ask youself is: What mood or tone do you regularly set as an HR pro? As a department?  Do people like interacting with you, or do they do the...


What's Your Culture Really Like? Ask the New Guy From Out of Town

Company Culture, Employer Brand, Employer Value Proposition - there's been much written and spoken about these ideas and concepts in the last few years and for the most part a general acceptance has emerged that organizational leaders need to be very aware of internal culture, and its effects on morale, engagement, productivity and performance.

While most HR and Talent pros 'get' that culture is important, and some even taking more proactive steps to promote their unique culture (mostly it seems through enhanced 'cultural fit' recruiting practices), there also seems to be quite a bit less written about revealing...


Why Collective Leadership is Needed When Addressing Diversity and Inclusion in the Work Place

Creating a diverse and inclusive workplace is one of the most critical and challenging issues faced by HR professionals today.  Most large Fortune 500 companies (for example Microsoft and Ernst and Young) have extensive diversity messages on their websites and dedicate tremendous time and effort to building a diverse team that more closely reflects the makeup of he world.  

That said, continuing to move the needle on work place diversity is going to require a collective effort from leaders of companies big and small to tackle the systemic issues that limit meaningful diversity change in various industries....


Facebook Photos from a Mexican Vacation Foil an Employee's FMLA Claims

I have three kids, ages three and under. So a vacation for me is the half hour of quiet time I get in the bathroom every morning.

It's not like the old days.

I remember Spring Break '97 in the Bahamas. Sun, beach, water sports, and a couple of adult beverages.

It was kinda like the Mexican vacation that Carol Lineberry, a former employee of Detroit Medical Center, took back in 2011. These pictures she posted on Facebook -- we didn't have Facebook back in the day, so I'll deny everything. EVERYTHING! -- show that...