Right Person Right Job Revisited

If I asked you to name your top three employees, chances are you could do that without much trouble. But if I then asked you to list the attributes – the competencies, behaviors, values, life experiences and such that made each of them so effective, I suspect...

The How-to of Values Alignment

We’ve been talking about the importance of values alignment for decades. Researchers have shown that where individual values are aligned with those of the organization, employees are happier, more engaged, loyal, more productive and so on. The correlation to...

How to help your company become a Best Place to Work

Every company wants to be on the Best Places to Work list. Who wouldn’t?  The payoff is incredible. Best companies outperform the general market 2 to 1. Their stock provides 3 times the return of companies not on the list. They have 50-70% less turnover, get their...

The FEAD-ME model of Engagement

I’m a sucker for a cool acronym and I’m all about the care and feeding of people in the workplace, so it was only natural that I combine my guidance on engagement into a model called FEAD-ME. FEAD-ME stands for Fit-Expectations-Autonomy-Development-Meaning-Engaging....

Are you at risk of losing critical knowledge?

My long-time colleague and friend Larry Wilson and I are really good at capturing deep smarts, the kinds of things experts do naturally that aren’t easily articulated. We’ve been doing this work for 20 years and although there have been lots of highs and lows, there...

Managers and Supervisors Need Love Too!

In the rush to develop authentic, enlightened, transformational c-suite leadership, we often forget about the practicing manager or supervisor in the trenches. These are the folks who don’t have time to read the latest and greatest from Harvard Business Review because...

It’s time to say goodbye to antiquated work practices

The world has changed dramatically over the last few decades, but the way we work hasn’t kept up. Frederick Taylor died more than a 100 years ago, yet most organizations look and operate pretty much like they did when his assembly-line model was the cool new idea of...

It’s time for an expanded view of employee wellness

Sometimes while on the treadmill at the gym I imagine what the equivalent exercise for mental health would look like. I come up with lots of ideas and I get really excited imagining people doing emotional calisthenics or working out at a mind gym with the same vim and...