The group excluded from diversity programs

David Livermore | 18 Nov 2020

The US is a divided nation, in part because many working class individuals believe progressives and diversity advocates have compassion for everyone - except them. Might they be right?

Coping with COVID restrictions this winter

Lynda Shaw

In the midst of another lockdown and with the colder months are setting in, many of us are wondering how we are going to deal with this winter. Here are some tips on how to cope.

In praise of inconspicuous leadership

Duane Dike

Many so-called leaders have an unhealthy interest in the outward trappings of their position. But real leadership is inconspicuous - and it’s about far more than status or measurable achievements.

Staying on track isn't easy

Wayne Turmel

It's surprising how often teams lose sight of their goals. There are plenty of reasons, and maybe understanding some of the most common will help you and your team reassess where you are headed.

A far more serious public health crisis

Rod Collins

As we struggle against the the Covid-19 pandemic, it's clear there is a far more serious public health crisis that has long been hidden in plain sight: a digitally primitive healthcare system.

How problem-solving styles affect team togetherness

Curt Friedel

As a manager, how do team members respond to your approach to solving problems? How does team dynamics gel with your personality and affect chemistry and productivity?

The supremacy of the mediocre

Rainer Zitelmann

Why are people with ambition who want to achieve something extraordinary and are unwilling to settle for an average existence so often met with hostile suspicion?

From the archive

Morale: a moving target

Duane Dike

What we think we know about morale is probably wrong, especially the black and white notion that morale is either ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Like most human feelings, morale is a moving target, which is why being sensitive to its nuances is such a key skill for leaders.

Manfred Kets De Vries

Are you an alpha male leader?

Manfred Kets De Vries

Alpha male leadership comes with a hefty price tag. Fear, low morale, high absenteeism and stress. So shouldn’t we be looking instead for models of leadership that connect, build and nurture?

Dan Bobinski

Are you prepared for the probable?

Dan Bobinski

According to a Reuters article this past weekend by David Zielenziger, U.S. corporations are picking up the pace in shifting high-paying technology jobs to India, China and other 'low-cost centers.'

Wayne Turmel

Alexander the Great was just pretty good

Wayne Turmel

If you're leading a remote team, and trying to keep everyone aligned, it's tempting to look to history. I talked about Genghis Khan last month, but Alexander the Great would also seem to be a good bet.

Dan Bobinski

Entrepreneurial spirit grows among seniors

Dan Bobinski

More older people than ever are starting their own businesses. But why should this be a surprise? After all, 70 is the new 50 - and nothing beats the wisdom forged by experience.

Earlier opinion

Breakthrough innovation and corporate antibodies

Rod Collins

If companies want to be on the leading edge of breakthrough innovation, they have to neutralize the corporate antibodies that try to kill any new ideas that threaten the status quo.

Boost morale with a virtual event

Craig Bulow

Even if summer away-days and team-building events are off the agenda for the moment, there are still ways you can boost your team’s wellbeing and morale with in-person events that you can do remotely.

Snip those email threads!

Wayne Turmel

if there’s one complaint everyone has about communicating with their teammates it's long email threads - you know, the ones that start as a simple request for information and grow like a virus.

That furloughed feeling

Rhys Moon

Understanding how furloughed employees feel about the situation they're in gives an insight into what employers and managers can do to help individuals and the organisation as a whole.

Beyond the disruption of COVID-19

Tim Hood

For businesses that are reliant on manual processes that require people and paper to be physically together in one space, the COVID-19 pandemic is posing some fundamental challenges.

Reacting vs responding

Wayne Turmel

Do you interrupt what you're doing to read incoming emails? Do you hit “reply all” when you probably shouldn’t? Too often, we react rather than respond. And that can lead to trouble, especially for managers.

Let’s ditch self-improvement and focus on effective cooperation

Ab Banerjee

Many popular management theories focus too heavily on the cult of the individual and giving feedback at any cost. Instead, we need to think more about collective performance and adopt a cooperation mind-set.

Office politics when you're not in an office

Wayne Turmel

People who work remotely often view the absence of office politics as a real plus. But they’re wrong. Understanding organizational and inter-personal dynamics is a critical part of that thing called ‘work’.

Shut up first, talk later

Wayne Turmel

Sometimes it it can seem almost impossible to get people to contribute or share information effectively in a video conference. Here’s how you can change that.

Leadership in a networked world: from chess master to gardener

Rod Collins

Command-and-control management assumes that social systems work like machines. But they don’t. So in today’s networked world, leadership is less about playing chess and more about becoming a gardener.

Be prepared: planning for a return to the workplace

Joanna Strahan

Businesses can't simply re-open after the lockdown as if nothing has happened. Planning is the key to managing the back to work transition, and those plans need to address a number of fundamental questions.

Seven ways leaders can prepare for post-pandemic times

Manfred Kets De Vries

Only by avoiding knee-jerk reactions will organisations emerge from the coronavirus pandemic re-energised and prepared to face the future.