How to Self-Destruct During a Management Training Session…

jasonseiden Jason Seiden, Leadership

There are many ways to make the least of a training session. Some of them are quite colorful, thank you very much. But it’s some of the more subtle forms of self-destruction that are so fascinating to me. Like the building suspense of a violence-free Hitchcock movie, self-destructive behavior can grow from an innocent comment to an undeniable pattern that …

10 Minutes That Mattered in the Founding of SuccessFactors…

Kris Dunn Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Kris Dunn, Leadership

Forbes has been running a piece on "10 Minutes that Mattered", where they ask CEOs and other influencers in the business world to recall a situation that taught them a lot about life and shaped who they are in the business world.  Every once in a while, you have the big moments in life.  You know the ones – maybe your grandfather imparted some …

You’re Not Rational. You’re Rationalized…

jasonseiden Driving Productivity, Jason Seiden, Leadership

It’s one of the cruel ironies of human nature that we are blind to our own rationalizations. We think we’re rational, reasonable, logical… but we’re anything but. True, our brains possess the ability to overrule emotions through something called an “executive process,” but the power of the executive processing part of the brain, relative to the power of our emotional …

Lessons from LeBron: Are You MVP Material?

Kathy Rapp Kathy Rapp, Leadership

Dr. J, Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – – and now LeBron James.  Named MVP of the NBA, LeBron is the 3rd youngest to ever win the award and quickly credited his coach and teammates saying, “Individual accolades come when team success happens”.  He had incredible stats on the offensive end and finished second in the voting for defensive player of …

What Would You Do If Your CEO Got Swine Flu?

Kris Dunn Leadership, Tanya Barham

Get Well Soon, CEO! Finding an executive manager is never easy. And once you do find a fearless leader, myriad cultural, economic and – yes – even personal health issues can threaten to throw the whole situation off the rails. “The impact of replacing senior managers, especially due to sudden health issues, is even more acute than normal turnover. A study …

Goals vs. Commitments, Again… Because Jessica is Committed to Making Us Discuss This Further.

Jessica Lee Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Jessica Lee, Leadership, Performance

I had this back and forth conversation last week with Laurie Ruettimann over at Punk Rock HR on this notion of goals versus commitments. Let’s rewind and revisit the chat: Microsoft has employees establish commitments rather than setting goals. Me?I like the positioning of it – commitments seem to tie back to an employee’s values and therefore, it feels deeper. …

Communication. Is. Everything.

jasonseiden Jason Seiden, Leadership

Everything you do is part of your communication to the world. Everything. Even when you’re walking alone, you’re communicating. Your clothes, your gait, the expression on your face… they are all being read by others… at all times. If I tell you a story about a client who found himself in a political fight because he had unintentionally walked by …