Should We Stop Doing Performance Reviews?

On Horse-poo, Carrots, and Performance Reviews by Bill Catlette   For the past few years there has been a hue and a cry, joined of late by large numbers of HR professionals, suggesting that companies need to stop doing traditional performance appraisals. You know what we’re talking about – ...

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What Now? Engage!

What Now? Engage! Following is a Guest Post from the Lead Like Timothy Blog  by Jonathan Cardwell. Last week I posed the question, “What now?” The answer: LeadOn. I talked about how love is a verb even in, especially in, a work environment. As a leader, loving and seeking to serve ...

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Treat People Right. Make More Money.

Treat People Right. Make More Money While channel surfing the other night, I stopped on an NBC News story that, for once, had nothing to do with anyone aggrandizing their wartime exploits, but rather a real hero in the world of good-sense business – someone in – get this – the restaurant ...

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Leadership Means Making Hard Decisions

Recently, after a New York City-based physician returning from treating patients in Africa turned up with the Ebola virus (after having also traveled the streets of New York), and a nurse returning from similar duty seemed to evidence precursor symptoms of the disease, the governors of New York ...

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Ebola and a Lesson on Leadership

Since passage of reform legislation in March 2010, the U.S. healthcare industry has struggled with wrenching change brought on by movement of the tectonic plates underneath the delivery and payment sides of the industry. With the introduction of competition from new sources (e.g., diagnostics ...

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Truett Cathy: A Life Well-Lived

A mighty tree fell in the forest of business leadership today, with the death of 93-year-old Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A. Truett was a pioneer, an innovator, and a true gentleman of character and courage. He improved the lives of millions, way beyond “sellin’ chicken”, and leaves a ...

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A Physics Lesson for Leaders About the Use of Power

The first lesson learned by every new leader, one that should be permanently tattooed onto their gray matter, is that by virtue of occupation they have inherited a simple, high school physics problem – There are more of “them” than there are of you. Repeat, there are more of “them” than ...

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Be the Boss You Always Wished For

We’ve all worked for bad bosses – people who attained their lofty positions by virtue of one of the following two qualifications: 1. They were good at their non-management job, or 2. Their last name happened to be spelled exactly like the name on the building. I once reported to a boss ...

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Struggling Supervisors – Coach ‘em Up or Move Them Out

Confirming what many had been sensing for some time, Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President, Richard Fisher said recently that increasing numbers of workers are quitting their jobs voluntarily, and concomitantly, employers are finding that it’s taking longer to fill open positions. Those are two ...

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Three Things That Will Improve Employee Engagement

Recently I read a piece in the e-version of a major business publication which, by title and implication suggested that seventy percent of Americans hate their work. The piece used as its factual anchor the oft-quoted “State of the American Workplace Report” by Gallup, which suggests that only ...

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