The other day I ran across an article that spoke about work spouses. I had never heard of that term so I read further. Keep in mind, several weeks ago I wrote about hugging in the workplace, which I indicated I do not do, although apparently that is a “thing” too. As I read more about it, I realized I do not have a work spouse, but thought it might have something to do with my title here.
I am the youngest of seven kids. A typical, Irish-Mexican, Catholic family. Being the youngest, one of the things I missed out on was having a babysitter. My older siblings had that task and were never very happy about it. I distinctly remember them keeping me occupied with shiny objects, so when I read an article recently on Shiny Object Syndrome in business, it caught my attention.
Most HR professionals would likely agree that Human Resources deserves a seat at an organization’s strategic table. But you can’t just ask for that seat, you must earn it.
I came across another great article this past week. It talked about ways to give productive feedback to your employees. Giving employee feedback seems like an obvious task for any leader, but too often there is a lack of it.
I recently read an article in Forbes that was a nice refresher on how to be an authentic leader. Although I see these articles quite frequently, I felt this one in particular was a good reminder. After the entire Uber debacle and the CEO resigning last week it’s a good time to reflect on what it takes to be a trusted, authentic leader.
I know many of you are like me and have been in the same position for years. After a while, you forget what it’s like to be in the candidate’s seat looking for employment. If you ever really want to feel what it’s like, be a juror.
I recently read an article entitled “You’re Too Focused on What You’re Focused On.” The title itself made me think for a minute and intrigued me to read further. The gist of the article is that when we are deeply focused on something, we assume the people around us are too. But this isn’t typically the case. In reality, what’s important to one person may not be of equal importance to another.
It’s that time of year, and you might be surprised that I haven’t talked about the Detroit Tigers yet. Sparky Anderson used to say that you needed 40 games before you could truly assess how a major-league team is going to do for a season. We’re approaching that point now, so the time is right to give you my take on this year’s team.
Some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs did not complete a college degree - Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs. However, their respective companies – Facebook, Microsoft, Apple – require degrees for most positions. Is this hypocritical? Are college degrees really necessary for most jobs?
Workplace culture is more than ping pong tables, casual Fridays, and group outings. One of the most important cultural aspects is management style. If you have weak managers in your organization, the culture will suffer. Employees will not feel valued, trusted, or successful. Hire and develop strong leaders.
Every office has politics – it’s unavoidable. But if leadership creates an engaging culture that encourages collaboration, those politics can be kept at bay. I recently read an article where the author stated that she is “allergic to silos.” I feel the same way.
I was recently surprised to find out that an estimated 1 in 5 employees suffers from some form of mental illness. This led me to dig a little deeper into this topic and find out what is causing this and what corporate leadership can do to prevent it and handle it when it happens.
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