Punishment

Absence of punishment is a reward in itself.

That’s a saying I learned back in my days in the old Strategic Air Command (SAC). It reflected a culture that existed at one time in the military: the no news is good news style of leadership. In reality, most of the leaders I worked for back then didn’t really subscribe to this leadership theory, but there was still a culture in the larger organization that made this statement at…

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Innovate or Die

I was speaking to a friend recently and the subject turned to innovation. He was working with a client who was concerned that there was no longer an innovative spirit in his company. It reminded me of a conversation I had recently had with a client who wasn’t sure how to get his managers to be more innovative. I absolutely believe that in today’s business climate a company is either…

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There is No Generation Z

Something disturbing is happening lately. An apparently harmless attempt to define the future. Except it isn’t harmless and will have a negative effect on the future. It’s Generation Z. No, not the people themselves but the concept. Speakers and authors are already telling us what Generation Z is like and how they will act in the workplace. I find that odd because even if there is such a thing as…

How Can You Foster a Collaborative Spirit?

This article was submitted by guest blogger Sophia Katrina. In this day and age of digital dependency, employees are more isolated than ever before, even if they are working in the same office. This might make you wonder if it’s still essential for bosses to foster teamwork and collaboration. It used to be that collaboration was one of the biggest factors that contributed to a business’s success—but is that still…

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Avoiding the Peter Principle

In 1968, Dr Laurence Peter published The Peter Principle. He said that, in any organization, employees will rise to their own level of incompetence. Kind of a sobering thought. I’m sure you have seen organizations that seem to prove his theory. I know I have. That’s unfortunate because it doesn’t have to be that way. Employees rise to their level of incompetence because leaders either allow them to or force…