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The Myth of Stress

The Myth of Stress

A Buddhist parable tells the story of a monk confronted by a fierce tiger while on a quiet walk. The monk becomes motionless. He knows that just beyond him is a cliff and just below that cliff is the rocky shoreline and the turbulent sea. The monk is caught between...
Why Performance Management Programs Fail

Why Performance Management Programs Fail

Every Performance Management system I have ever seen over the years has typically focused on one thing: employee productivity (aka performance).  In one case, I saw a program developed by a large international consulting firm for a global pharmaceutical company, and...
Reclaiming Corporate Trust and Respect

Reclaiming Corporate Trust and Respect

For centuries the Roman Catholic Church dominated the world. In time, city states, and subsequently nation states, filled the vacuum caused by the decline of the church’s power in the world. More recently, these were replaced by corporations who have come to...
Who Are You Mentoring and Sponsoring?

Who Are You Mentoring and Sponsoring?

When I was 27, with my self-awareness and worldview vastly exaggerated in my own mind, I suddenly became the CEO of Manpower Limited. Possessing nothing but raw ambition, self-confidence and limited skills, I launched into my new role.   The reason I found myself...
Discovered: Why There are so Few Leaders

Discovered: Why There are so Few Leaders

We have been discussing the difference between “managers” and “leaders” forever. But as I have worked with leaders over the years I have discovered within this distinction an important secret that may explain why we have so few real leaders....

The Employee is the New Customer!

Our understanding of the role of corporations has moved through a series of evolutions. It was generally accepted 50 years ago that the main purpose of a corporation was to increase shareholder wealth. Economist Milton Friedman cemented this thinking in our culture...

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