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  How Groupthink Causes Teams to Fail
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - May, 2012
Teamwork demands shared responsibility, but it also demands individual contributions. It fails if team members shelter behind the consensus. ~ Robert Heller, Founding Editor, Management Today I recently spoke with the director of human resources at a San Francisco Bay Area company regarding providing executive coaching and leadership development for the executive team. The director of human resources asked some very ins...
by Nan S. Russell - Feb, 2012
Despite efforts on the Wii Fitness balance game, Wii persists in rating me as "unbalanced." And while it's true I'm feeling a bit stressed with a new book coming out in May, and more commitments than common sense dictates, being balanced is a challenge. Work reminds me of that balance game. Some days, I feel like I'm floating my avatar in a balloon down a lazy river, enjoying virtual sunshine and feeling pretty balanced, wh...
  Five Golden Rules for Leadership
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Feb, 2012
In The Leadership Code: Five Rules to Lead By, (Harvard Business Press, 2011) Dave Ulrich, Norm Smallwood and Kate Sweetman have distilled leadership into five core roles: 1. Strategist—Leaders shape the future. 2. Executor—Leaders make things happen. 3. Talent manager—Leaders engage today’s talent. 4. Human-capital developer—Leaders build the next generation. 5. Personal proficiency—Leaders invest in their own developmen...
  Developing Future Focus - Sparking Energy for What Really Matters
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Jan, 2012
Question for Discussion – How do leaders in your company help people see their role in building a better future? Developing Future Focus I could not put Steve Job’s biography down. I found it so fascinating because of his focus and passion, and the intense drive in his personality that motivated him to achieve greatness. Steve Job’s creativity and genius for creating products that invent the future is so inspiring. Oh W...
  Inside the Mind at Work – Facilitating Progress and Dealing with Setbacks
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Jan, 2012
Question for Discussion: How important is focusing on small wins in motivating employees? The topic of controlling bosses and perceived negativity comes up quite often in my executive coaching sessions. My clients want to have more input into decision-making and how work is done to stay engaged. It’s human nature that most people seek positive feedback on their progress to perform at their best. I often suggest to my c...
  Unraveling Diversity Management: a Practitioner’s Road Map to Doing it Right
by Gladis Benavides - Jan, 2012
Recently, one of my clients had a question that provided me with some food for thought. He asked, “When do I know that I have achieved diversity and created a work environment where everybody feels good about work?” I quickly responded, “Never!” He then asked for clarification, and that response took a little more time. After much thought and consideration, however, here’s what I came up: We need to understand that Divers...
  Inside the Mind at Work - Manage for Progress
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Dec, 2011
One of my executive coaching clients, the Managing Partner of a Bay Area Law Firm and I were recently engaged in a conversation about assessing his firm’s talent. She talked about how one of the manager’s in the San Francisco location didn’t feel that one of her employees had the capability of developing into a leadership role at the firm. The manager displaying poor emotional intelligence communicated his assessment to t...
  Seventy One Percent of Americans Disengaged at Work
by Marcia Robinson - Nov, 2011
Responses from American workers In a recent tracking poll from Gallup, revealed that 71% of Americans were "not engaged" or "actively disengaged" as it relates to their work. Gallup defines this disengagement to mean, "they are emotionally disconnected from their workplaces and are less likely to be productive." If these results are right and 71% of Americans are emotionally disconnected from their workplaces that leaves just...
  Simple Ways to Make Employees Feel Appreciated
by Marcia Robinson - Oct, 2011
Every employee likes to feel appreciated. Some companies go to great extent to make employees feel appreciated with bonuses, trips or perks for reaching or surpassing goals. However, making employees feel appreciated and valued do not have to be as expensive or take much time. If we were to ask most employees about what employers can do to make them feel more appreciated, the simple answers might surprise you. Some manager...
  Using Video Games in the Workplace to Boost Productivity
by Marcia Robinson - Oct, 2011
Have you heard about the latest trend to use video games to enhance employee engagement in the workplace? How about virtual reality competitions and video games with leaderboards and other trappings of gaming in the workplace? A recent Wall Street Journal article, Latest Game Theory; Mixing Work and Play, shed some light on the practice of what one might call "enhanced gamification techniques" in the workplace. The concept...
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