Care cures a host of ills. It’s no surprise that the most powerful influence on people’s engagement at work is the experience of feeling genuinely cared for by their direct supervisor. Feeling valued is critical to our well-being from infancy. What’s less obvious is how satisfying it can be to care for others — and how that can invest even routine jobs with meaning and nobility.
January 27, 2015
If we asked experts what the first job of an effective leader is, the conflicting answers would be plentiful: Some would say it’s to set a vision and goals. To others it would be to motivate the group being led. A few would even venture to single out something more clever like surrounding oneself with smarter people who fill in the leader’s gaps as the most important.
January 12, 2015
January 12, 2015
The first week of the new year brings CES. Our annual glimpse into the future, the same future we saw last year, the year before and that seems as far away and far fetched as ever. I’ll save you from another story about drones, 3D printing and wearables. Instead, I’ll focus on what’s actually different this year and what this means for marketers.
December 28, 2014
The highest level trends are the skills gap, workers dropping out of the corporate system, the use of automation and outsourcing and the pressure for companies to get more lean. All of these factors have created a system where everyone is always under pressure to stay relevant, choose degrees that turn into jobs and constantly reinvent themselves.
December 21, 2014
It may sound like a paradox, but a great leader isn’t someone who leads. It’s someone other people want to follow. This isn’t a matter of personal charisma, star power, luck, or ambition. If you expect to lead any group, whether a small team at work or a nation, you will do it best by acquiring real-life skills and applying them.
December 8, 2014
Recently, Dan Pink spray-painted lines on a busy sidewalk and hired actors to divide people into lines of cellphone users and nonusers. People resented and resisted direct orders but fell into compliance when Pink instead had the actors quietly model the desired behavior. “It’s all about social norms. The way to get people to change their behavior wasn’t to direct them like originally thought, but simply to get other people doing it,” he explains.