Leadership

The Future of Work Is Jazz: Mastering the Art of Improvising for Success

My relationship to jazz permeates deeply in my life. It was part of the soundscape of my childhood because my dad was a passionate jazz devotee. He learned how to play the acoustic upright bass while serving in the US Air Force in the early 1960s, straight out of high school. I didn’t get jazz immediately. At first, it was just a way for me to cozy up to my dad and spend time … [Read more...]

For Every Boss: Workplace Dynamics That Improve Employee Morale

Because of employees’ immense impact on everything from profitability and productivity to the quality of personal interactions within a business, leaders must understand that the physical and mental well-being of workers is an integral component to success. Much discussion revolves around the concept of employee morale, but few companies consider in the abstract – let alone the … [Read more...]

4 Remote Team Management Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Managing a team of remote workers is harder than it looks, causing plenty of mistakes to be made along the way that hinder productivity and sometimes end in hurt feelings. To help prevent these issues it’s sensible to study their causes so that you can avoid them. In this article, we are going to do exactly that. Using Inadequate Communication Methods When a manager is used … [Read more...]

5 Elements to Include in Your Leadership Development Program

Investing in leadership development programs can reap enormous rewards as leaders contribute to the growth of their organizations, mentor the younger generations of the workforce, and drive innovation. To develop a strong leadership team, you need to create an internal leadership training program, with a foundation of sound business practices and principles. According to the … [Read more...]

How to Prepare for Business Change

If there’s one thing you can be sure of in life, it’s that change is inevitable. This is especially true when it comes to running a business. The economy changes, as does technology and regulations. This means, there’s going to be times where your company is going to need to adjust. If your company is going through a period of change, there are ways you can handle it to … [Read more...]

Can Business Leadership Be Learned?

There are many debates surrounding the concept of leadership. Are leadership skills innate or learned? What’s the difference between leadership and management in business? Can someone become an exceptional business leader through will and motivation alone or does he need years of experience? With controversial topics like this, the answers are bound to be complex. In this … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Improving Your Decision-Making Skills as a Leader

Whether you are running a startup with lots of potential or handling the running of a small team in a large organization, being a good leader is one of the most difficult tasks you will be faced with. As a leader, it’s your job to not only protect the company's interests, but also guide and meet the needs of your employees or your team. You need to have good judgement when … [Read more...]

People Driven or Drive People: Choosing the Right Approach to Increase Your Company’s Agility

Organizations are constantly faced with the changes being wrought by our new digital world: everything connected, enormous amounts of data, and practically unlimited computing power. A common prescription is to transform an enterprise into one that’s leaner and more agile. Typically, becoming more agile means that a company is more sensitive to the needs of the market, and has … [Read more...]

How to Avoid a Career Crash Due to Cognitive Bias

A few years ago, after my closing keynote for a manufacturing association conference on how manufacturing leaders can avoid business disasters, a man in his late fifties came up to me looking distraught and agitated. I hoped he wasn’t angry with something. He introduced himself (I’ll call him Mark here) and wanted to know more about one of the judgment errors I discussed, the … [Read more...]

How to Seamlessly Transition Your High-Fashion Workplace Style into Your Weekend Look

Are you the type that enjoys high-fashion, stays on top of all the current trends, and takes pride in looking sophisticated, professional, and well put-together at the office? Perhaps fashion is a way for you to express yourself in a creative way. Then again, maybe it helps to bolster your confidence in the workplace. Let’s face it, when you look the part of a high-powered … [Read more...]