Gumption

Organizations, teams and, people rise and fall based on the conversations they have and don’t have. Our blog is about saying things that have to be said and about helping people says what’s needed.

Five Presents From a Leader

It’s often said that leaders are givers – not takers.  Though most of us would reflexively endorse the sentiment, we should ask, “Just what do leaders give?”  The short answer is that they give a lot, and that is pretty much what makes them leaders.  To effectively lead in organizational contexts though, leaders must give […]

Who is Accountable?

There has been a lot of talk about “Accountability” in society and in organizations for the past twenty years. In my clients’ companies, leaders and staff often lament over the lack of accountability in their organizations. So, it seems that something is amiss. But what is it? I’ve never encountered a vexing problem that was […]

How Adam Got Engaged

Few companies have found the holy grail of management: High Employee Engagement. In the average company, about 32 percent of employees are actively engaged in their work, and about 20 percent actively disrupt operations. But for those who figure it out, the rewards are unmistakable. Companies who score

The Google Boogle: Diversity without Difference

Google is back in the headlines for botching its diversity initiatives. I expect that they will be there for a long time. That’s because their thinking is all “boogled” up. In August, James Damore’s screed on Google’s botched diversity efforts went viral. Soon thereafter, he was fired

Not the Creative Type? How Then Will You keep Up?

Oh no, not me; I’m not really the creative type. I meet people who say they aren’t that sort of person – you know the “creative type,” and I get concerned for them. As I look around, I see that our economy favors people and businesses who see problems in new ways

New Presentation Skills Program for Leaders

There is no ceiling on the communication skills leaders need. No matter how good you are, better is always better. No matter what your position, more skills for communicating in various situations will make you a better leader. Still some communication skills become critical at different levels of leadership responsibility. Regrettably, most people enter management […]

Running Into Angry Arms

Have you noticed that the presidential race is fueled by anger? Tuesday was primary election day in Maryland, and I voted for a losing candidate. He isn’t angry about the right things for enough people. People of all stripes feel that their rights are being violated and declare, “it’s ‘s not fair!” It’s difficult to […]

On Appreciation and Engagement

I have an enviable job; I get to help leaders figure out how to create productive, prosperous workplaces. Yesterday, Amanda Gianotti of Allogram Inc., and I spoke with the Women in Business at the Hunt Valley Business Forum. Our topic was Cultivating the Heart of Appreciation. It is such a rich topic that we didn’t […]

Is Employee Appreciation Day Coming Up?

Christmas and the end of the fiscal year are fast approaching. That has a lot of people thinking about “employee appreciation.” Visions of parties, bonuses, promotions and sugar plum fairies are dancing through senior managers’ heads. Parties can be a lot of fun, especially when people already feel good about each other and the company. Bonuses […]

Grow Wisdom, Organically

Formal succession planning and talent development programs often produce disappointing results. The wisdom, creativity, and collaborative skills business needs are grown organically through work processes and through natural social processes. Sadly, those organic and social processes are often suppressed by job design and bureaucracy. Read about six easy ways to make organic growth happen on your team.

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