In early 2006, Avinash Kaushik worked in data analytics at Intuit. After giving a talk at an industry conference, some influential attendees suggested he start blogging. Kaushik liked the idea, but prepared carefully before diving in. How did he so quickly become a thought leader read around the world?
Does your organization run austerity drills? Get together with staff once in a while and ask them, "If things suddenly went south for us tomorrow, where would we make financial cuts to keep us afloat?" Few have the foresight to envision tough times when the profits are rolling in, but don't let complacency make you forget that belt-tightening should never truly stop.
Q. Every year, I have to decide the bonuses I give my top managers. No matter how fair I try to be, they all compare notes and, inevitably, at least one of them is upset. Can you relate?
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One of the most common questions I get from leaders is how to communicate change more successfully. My answer is, in part, here for you today. It relates to the John Dewey quotation in this blog post, and that means you must think about more than the change itself. You have to think about the experience of change. The fact is that everyone has experienced much change, and all of that experience isn’t positive. Yet many leaders communicate change from the position of how great it is, and all those rainbows and roses aren’t selling when people are seeing change through their less rosy personal filter. So how do we connect better, creating the commonality and community Dewey speaks of?
In America, 62% are unhappy with the state of the nation. In England that number is 55%, and in Italy, 90%. But truthfully, we’re living in a golden age.
Q: A customer is pressuring me to make a deal fast. I don’t want to be forced into a one-sided agreement and prefer to reach a compromise on mutually beneficial terms. How should I respond to such hard-bargaining tactics?
Q: "One of my employees, 'Katrina,' has some performance issues which I am trying to resolve. However, some of her co-workers have apparently decided to collect their own 'evidence' against her. They record Katrina’s arrival and departure times, track how often she leaves her desk, and scrutinize her emails for grammatical errors. My boss and I want to stop this harassment, but our human resources manager supports the perpetrators and says they are being helpful. What should we do?” Powerless Supervisor
During a recent Q&A, actor Kevin Costner offered his rules for living.
Sally Ride was among the first six female astronauts chosen for the NASA spaceflight program. Trained as a physicist, she served as a mission specialist during two Challenger missions starting in 1983, becoming the first woman to operate the shuttle’s robotic arm. She also became the only person to serve on both commissions investigating the Challenger and Columbia disasters.
Dubbed “Dr. Happiness,” Ed Diener has researched human emotion for 30 years. The University of Illinois psychology professor emeritus concludes that “subjective wellbeing” contributes to overall life satisfaction.
When Guillermo del Toro wanted to direct his first major motion picture, he knew which actor he wanted as his star. But it took some convincing to get his way.