Are All-Hands Meetings Worth The Bother?

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

. . . or any other big meeting for that matter? I’ve attended a lot of dreadful big meetings. Sometimes they’re called all-hands meetings, town halls, or something else. These big meetings usually involve almost everyone in the organization. I … Read More..

Missing the Handoff in Big Projects

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

Energy can quickly drain out of a big change for a variety of reasons. But I heard a new one recently. I was interviewing a senior person in an organization regarding a study I am doing on Batteries Not Included™. … Read More..

Values At Work Begin With You

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

You are already living your values whether you’ve ever thought about them or not. When someone asks your employees, “What’s it like to work here?” Or a potential supplier asks, “What are they like to work with?,” you will hear … Read More..

How You Can Shift Energy in Your Favor – or Not!

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

(Part of The Energy Bar series #12) People tell me how challenging it is to run meetings and conference calls that get people energized and engaged. So, I started thinking about all of the approaches that I’ve actually seen work. … Read More..

What the Magna Carta Could Teach Corporate Leaders

Friday, June 5th, 2015

This month marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, a document that provided rule-of-law protection for the people. Lord Dening, a 20th Century British jurist, called it “the greatest constitutional document of all time, the foundation … Read More..

How You Can Tell When People Are For or Against You

Monday, May 18th, 2015

(#11 in The Energy Bar series) When I talk to clients about the importance of knowing whether their ideas are going over or not, many of my clients agree, but ask, “How can you tell?” The late Kathie Dannemiller facilitated … Read More..

Shift the Energy Before It’s Too late

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

(#10 in The Energy Bar series)   Jim Blasingame (the Small Business Advocate) told me a great story about energy. At age 27, he landed a job in sales with Xerox.  He met with the local head of a manufacturing … Read More..

Why Don’t People Tell Their Bosses the Truth?

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

(#9 in The Energy Bar series) There is one major reason why people don’t tell you the truth: they aren’t idiots. (You might want to write that down.) A senior manager in a small privately-owned company told me they would … Read More..