Driving Bias Out Of Selection, Performance & Promotion Decisions

The homicide of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the divisions in our national politics has dramatically raised the topic of race relations and equality at work. Diversity and inclusion is frequently a difficult subject of "haves" and "have-nots," with perceptions…

7 Steps to Seize Upon a Crisis and Innovative Successfully

Executives have often confided to me that employees’ jobs are difficult enough without having to think of new products and services or better ways of doing their jobs. Besides, they cannot afford to have people lose their focus on this…

6 Steps to instill a discovery culture and thrive through adversity.

More than 50 percent of small US businesses and 90 percent of high tech start ups fail. But not all failures are equal. Some are catastrophic, while others smaller. More vitally, the catastrophic failures are often proceeded by smaller ones.…

Watch the replay of my webinar with Planbox, sponsored by Innovation Leader

You can now watch the replay, at your convenience, of my webinar, "Eight Practices to Fire Up Your Innovation Culture." https://vimeo.com/397024982 The secret of successful innovation is not simply innovating, it’s embracing innovation. In today’s era, innovation should be shared…

Webinar TODAY: Eight Practices to Fire Up Your Innovation Culture!

Join me for an informative webinar today on how to continually win with innovation in today's competitive and fast changing business environment. Arthur Liberian, Senior Innovation Advisor at Planbox and I will uncover how highly innovative organizations disrupt the market…

Forget SMART goals. Use OKRs instead!

Executives who want to dramatically increase their success should implement Objectives with Key Results (OKRs). Research shows that executives who set such goals can significantly improve the performance of their organizations over telling employees to “just do their best.”[i] Moreover,…

How to make giving negative feedback a positive experience!

An IT manager spoke with me recently about how he hates doing annual performance appraisals and providing performance feedback, especially when it is negative feedback. “So many employees are really not self-aware and open to the feedback,” he said. No…

Five Steps for Managers to Improve Their Coaching Success

Companies want managers who will build relationships with their employees, give them feedback, coach and develop them and continually recognize them for their achievements.  The once-a-year performance discussion is not sufficient in a business world of constant change. The problem…

Eliminating Performance Ratings? Managers Ability to Deliver Feedback Is Essential!

When we removed performance rankings from our performance review process at Medtronic Coronary and Peripheral in 2012, some executive leaders and managers warned that employees would lose the competitive edge to perform. They didn’t. Our changes included holding weekly or…

Performance Management Changes Are Often the Missing Link with Innovation

I was seated at an innovation conference for lunch, when the Research and Development leader of a major U.S. active sportswear maker told me he had a confession. His organization was successful at creating new ideas, selecting the best ones…