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Do boomers and millennials seem to be on different planets? Why are so many employees who are new to the job market having trouble adjusting? Are their new companies and managers adjusting to them?
America is open for business, which is a call for courageous leadership. There has never been a more important time for leadership and civic involvement, especially on the part of women.
Do boomers and millennials seem to be on different planets? Why are so many employees who are new to the job market having trouble adjusting? Are their new companies and managers adjusting to them? The reality is boomers and millennials mirror each other. I am a child of the ‘60s—a boomer for sure. We were [...]
America is open for business, which is a call for courageous leadership. There has never been a more important time for leadership and civic involvement, especially on the part of women. Particularly moving was the recent courage demonstrated by Acting United States Attorney, Sally Q. Yates. Courage is one of the most critical leadership qualities [...]
Together we will continue to progress and pursue the letter and spirit of Dr. King’s call to action to each of us individually, our country, and our world.  Overwhelming and moving are words that come to mind when considering how to properly recognize the birthday of someone who changed the course of history. Dr. King’s writings and quotes [...]
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It’s that time of year again when we prepare for winter’s cold and flu season. Here are some helpful hints to be proactive and prevent illness for yourself and your family. Start right away if you begin to get sick or have been exposed to colds, flu or other infectious diseases to prevent you from [...]
If change is the nature of life, both personal and organizational, then why is it our nature to resist change so vigorously? Over the years, my micro-view from having been involved in mergers and acquisitions, new product distribution, design and development, and enterprise redesign, is that there are two opposing forces at work within the [...]
Over time, the institutional knowledge and impact of the founders, original leaders, and employees of an organization can be taken for granted.  It can be difficult to envision the organization without their vision and commitment, so planning can be inadequate when it comes to people. Sometimes, it seems easier not to think too far in [...]
Note from Vikki Pryor:  Starting 2016 off on the right foot has been on my mind.  We can never have too many new ideas to do just that.  I am fortunate to have wonderful networks, co-workers, friends, colleagues, and teachers over the years.  With permission,  shared below are the thoughts of  Constance Armstrong, Executive Director, The Boston [...]
We all have the power to cast our votes. Very important votes happen every day, not at a polling place in November.  Yours is the power of the virtual vote, the use of your personal intellectual capital. Our intellectual capital is the sum of our life experience, regardless of our education or occupation. The decisions [...]
Have you ever seen a great new successful idea and innovation – that you thought of some time ago?  It has happened to me many times, and is frustrating and disappointing to think about what seems to be a lost opportunity. What gets in the way of acting on great ideas? Not enough time, money, connections [...]
Growing up in the Chicagoland area, fall was a great a season because it meant harvest time. It started with helping Mom out in her garden, where I learned about annuals, perennials, and vegetable gardening. She took great discipline and care with her garden, and our hours together in the yard was a time for [...]
Despite how intertwined personal and professional life may be, many leaders in the face of personal crisis, remain steadfastly on track.   There are leaders who seem to thrive under pressure, whether personal or professional. What is leadership derailment? McCall and Lombardo in a study conducted for the Center of Creative Leadership in 1983, first introduced [...]
Based upon the principles of physics, change is ever present. At the quantum level, everything is always changing. According to Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO of Gallup, business closures are now outpacing business start-ups. “400,000 new businesses are being born annually nationwide, while 470,000 per year are dying.” Transition is right around the corner. Everyone [...]
Companies that successfully innovate and gain a lead in the marketplace rarely keep their lead over time. 1. Innovations are non-conforming Many innovations are misunderstood. Sometimes consumers are slow to understand a new product and the value it provides. It takes time for the marketplace to absorb the fundamental aspects of an innovation – and [...]
Divergence – differences, disagreements and conflicts can divide and hinder progress. It can also be costly, accounting for upwards of 45% of staff time spent at work. Imagine paying a salary of $100.000 annually, knowing upfront that $45,000 will likely be lost productivity. Encouraging healthy conflict will ensure that more resources are dedicated to making [...]
Truly independent thought is an art and certainly much more than a skill. At first blush, some might balk at the notion that they may not be independent thinkers. Unconscious, automatic, straight-through thinking, underpinned with data, facts, analysis, opinion, information, ideas, history, benchmarks, research and input is where much of our decision-making lies. This is [...]
Many of today’s workforce says they are overworked and underpaid. According to the American Psychological Association Center for Organizational Excellence, 49% of workers say they are undervalued. Are people an important asset in most companies? In today’s politically correct environment, most companies have written principles touting their workforce, and the individuals comprising it, as their [...]
“Reinventing the wheel…” It is a phrase sometimes used to refer to overcomplicating things. When introducing a new strategy or approach, many say, “Whatever you do, please don’t reinvent the wheel.” When we need a strategic breakthrough, what is truly needed to reach the next level? “Cars you can drive will eventually be outlawed.” It [...]
Sports has become an increasingly complex and interesting industry. The parallels for business are sometimes obvious, at other times subtle. Many lie in how to integrate, develop, manage, and retire players on a team. Stepping into a new leadership role can be a daunting task and often requires a team to return to fundamentals. If [...]
The workforce has been evolving for quite some time. Trends indicate that the typical “nine to five” has been chipped away by a new approach based upon getting results quickly and cost effectively to keep up with competition and the pace of change. The new priorities also weight meaningful work impact and job satisfaction more [...]