Can collaboration can go too far? Is there an arc to the effectiveness of collaboration, where at some point, collaboration begins losing its effectiveness? This kind of seems ridiculous to write. Of course we should collaborate. Teams are necessary in today’s ever-changing world. Collaboration is necessary for innovation. There’s no ‘I’ in team (on an … Continue reading Can leaders be too collaborative?
Trust is an essential element of leadership, but how exactly do we build that trust as leaders? Boris Groysberg and Michael Slind propose just that in their book, Talk, Inc.: How Trusted Leaders use Conversation to Power their Organizations. It's one of the best books I have read on "how" to embark on the journey … Continue reading Book Review: Talk, Inc.
Hierarchies rely on job titles to command the attention of others. Social networks thrive on the social ingenuity and influence of the individual people in the network. Intuitive 21st Century organizational designs will allow this inevitable influence to happen and reward those who thrive on it, not punish them. In many organizations, bypassing structures to … Continue reading Org. Design and Social Networks
Could Dave Ulrich write a bad book if he tried? I don't think he could, and Ulrich's latest work keeps up his long trend of successful books that encapsulate the HR profession. HR from the Outside In: Six Competencies for the Future of Human Resources is Ulrich's latest work (co-authored with Jon Younger, Wayne Brockbank … Continue reading Book Review: HR from the Outside In (Dave Ulrich)
Culture is important. That's the conclusion of many resources on organizational culture. But does any leader actually argue that culture is not important? The real problem is "how" to develop an effective culture. Marty Parker attempts to tackle this "how" question in his book, Culture Connection: How Developing a Winning Culture Will Give Your Organization … Continue reading Book Review: Culture Connection
Alignment is one of those intuitive things that is easy to write about but much harder to practice. Of course HR, Finance, Communications, Operations, and Sales should be aligned towards the same goals/directions. No one is going to argue they should not be. But many organizations are full of silo-ed departments that are not aligned, … Continue reading Book Review: Rapid Realignment
After finishing university, Sean Aiken embarked on a tour of North America working one job per week for 52 weeks. The One Week Job Project describes his journey over that year and what it's like to work at 52 different companies. I heard Sean speak a few weeks ago, and loved his stories and ideas. … Continue reading Book Review: The One-Week Job Project