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.

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.

Millennials Are Bums, So What?

So What?

So what if Millennials need more feedback than their predecessors?

That’s how people learn.

The dearth of feedback from leaders is the main reason why employees and results stagnate. If prior generations sought and gave less of it, perhaps it was because they were less savvy learners and more fearful about looking stupid than their younger counterparts.

So what if Millennials think it is crazy to be tied to a cubicle…

If I Can’t Be Divergent, I’ll be Candor

Last weekend I went to see Divergent, a movie based on a trilogy written by Veronica Roth.  Most of us read the series and were eager to be disappointed because, well, the movie is never as good as the book. Our seats hadn’t yet warmed when the conversation began. Jennifer: Which faction would you be? […]

My Fianceé is Engaged, But I’m Not!

Although organizations consistently talk-up employee engagement, we know that only three in ten employees are engaged. That leaves another seven in ten people withholding the best of their energy, ideas, and talent from their employer. This trend persists despite the commonplace knowledge that engaged workers produce more, are happier, and drive profitability skyward. I think […]

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