A friend asked me to help his daughter write a formal follow-up letter to a prospective employer. After a few questions, it has become clear that the young lady has a good chance to land a job in an environment that will make her life miserable, where she will never be productive or at least […]
Whenever I ask this question, I always hear the usual sacred mixture of “integrity,” “willpower,” “leadership,” and, of course, “charisma.” The most promising HiPos would proudly throw in “emotional intelligence.” Those fuzzy buzzwords are supposed to make all aspiring executives salivate but none answers the question or offers at least a practical first step. For […]
Here’s what Henry Mintzberg, Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies, at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University in Montreal, thinks about shareholder value today: “Shareholder value has nothing to do with human values.”
Q7Culture Compass, built on Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs supplemented with Schwartz’s Basic Human Values theory gives a better explanation to human behavior, societal changes, and helps determine company culture and person-to-organization fit based on values’ congruence.
Though never presented as a Pyramid, the hierarchy of needs proposed by Maslow almost 80 years ago is a remarkable discovery. Created by a psychologist, it is applicable in almost any other “soft” situation, where human beings are involved.
(Collectiver quoted in TelcoCompare Blog) Who doesn’t love the summer months? The days are warmer, brighter and longer, giving people ample opportunity to jet away to a sunny location or get outside and do something fun with their loved ones. Unfortunately, though, this isn’t the case for everyone. For those that don’t have any holidays […]
“Are you a threat or a help?” Can I trust you? When you encounter a stranger, this is the first thought that crosses your mind, often subconscious. We are wired to check if people around us are trustworthy, almost continuously. This helped us, human species, to survive and prosper through million years of evolution. And […]
If #hi-tech #PaloAlto #Stanford #dropout #entrepreneur #disruptive #innovation and #fraud are prominent among your mental hashtags, read this book: “Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup” by John Carreyrou – and you will get all-in-one.
A VP friend complained the other day that “the job is OK but I can’t get myself to the office, every day.” Before that statement, he looked and sounded like a happy senior executive steady and successful on his career path. Not true, he says. He is actually envious of people who have found their […]
As a leader, you have to always stand for your team, right? Wrong. Rather, first, you need to make sure you realize which team is “your team.” That may sound counterintuitive but that’s life. Being a manager (team lead, manager, director, etc.), you are in charge of a unit consisting of several individuals. If you […]