Monday, November 25, 2013
Recently, I was helping a team think through the imminent arrival
of a new leader. They had been preparing and talking with a variety
of consultants and advisors about the transition. One firm shared a
one-page overview and an article about their approach, which they
passed on to me. As I read it,...
Friday, November 22, 2013
Investing in learning is not just about people…it is the key to
organizational sustainability. Although top-of-mind for
organizations poised for growth, many have not yet figured out how
to create an optimal learning experience to get the most from their
learning investment. While there is much talk...
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Recent estimates put the cost of replacing a bad hire at up to five
times the annual salary. At the executive level, that brings
significant risk. By the time you realize a bad hire has been made,
often it’s too late. The resulting loss of customers, employees and
damage to your brand can make or...
Thursday, November 7, 2013
We've all worked with that teammate who feels like a wet blanket,
too often complaining that the sky is falling or bringing up past
beefs endlessly and unconstructively. Over time, we tend to
ignore the complainer – in large part because he isn't a ton of fun
to be around. He pokes at old...
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Do we need a hammer to convince Canadian companies to appoint more
women directors? The Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan certainly
thinks so. This week, Teachers made a splash with a proposal to the
Ontario Securities Commission that all publicly traded
companies be required to have at least three...
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
With the amount of attention on virtual teams and the number of
questions I get on how to make virtual teams work, I thought it
would be valuable to provide some tips and advice. This is part 3
in a series on helping your virtual team get real. You can see the
first two posts in the series here:...
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
In this series, I’m sorting out the fact from fiction on
virtual teams and giving you a few practical suggestions to help
your virtual team get real. In the first post, I advocated for the
importance of small talk and rapport building. In this post:
dealing with the challenges of satellite...
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Much is made of the difference between co-located and so-called
virtual teams. I think the moniker is pretty silly, because
the teams with members who sit in different countries aren’t any
less real than teams that sit practically on one another’s
laps. What is very real is the challenge of making...
Friday, August 9, 2013
I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been called into an
organization to help build a culture of teamwork, only to learn
that people are measured, managed, and rewarded around individual
performance. If success in your organization is defined exclusively
by personal effort and achievement,...
Thursday, August 8, 2013
As leaders, we are responsible for developing the talent in
our organizations for the future. There is no rocket science here.
Yet, as we grow into larger and more senior leadership roles, we
have a more specific obligation to identify and develop our own
successors. This is about risk, business...
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
For a number of years, Knightsbridge had the tag line – Thinking
Moves Ahead. We believed that we could bring greater value to our
clients by sharing new ways to think about critical human capital
issues. And over the last decade we’ve been sharing our
perspective on human capital issues such as...
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Humans are complicated, idiosyncratic, and fallible. Take eight to
ten of them, combine them into a team and pressure them to produce
results and you have the ingredients for dysfunction. So it’s no
surprise that organizations are frequently looking to outside
experts to assist with team...
Monday, July 29, 2013
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: You’ve been
downsized, right sized, or optimized and just as you begin to get
over the angst and confusion of this decision you run into that
thing called the marketplace. Don’t get me wrong, it is where you
need to be. It’s just that the marketplace can...
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Every year about this time, I begin to hear my Career Transition
clients say things such as “With summer, around the corner, is now
the best time to be looking for a job?”, “Are there any jobs posted
during the summer?”, “I’ve really noticed that the job
advertisements have dropped off” or my...
Monday, June 24, 2013
Career Capital is the result of investing in your skills,
attributes, and behaviors. If you have an abundance of Career
Capital you are the person people want to work with or work for,
leaders see you as the high potential, and other employees want to
collaborate with you. Individuals who have...
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
The most intriguing concept cars combine technology, innovation,
and thoughtful design. The talented individuals that create these
prototypes are constantly imagining, evaluating, testing, refining,
and re-evaluating. This will ensure that the ideas they envision as
they peek into the future can one...
Thursday, May 30, 2013
At a recent gala and Lessons From Legends breakfast event, Junior
Achievement and Knightsbridge celebrated the induction of four
business leaders into The Canadian Business Hall of Fame. The
events provided a forum for executives and Junior Achievers to
celebrate with, and learn from, these...
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
In my last Knightsbridge blog post, I gave you some tips on what to
do when a teammate gets fired. Today, I’m focusing on the other
side of the coin. What if a teammate quits? It can feel
really terrible—like you’re being dumped. “No really, it’s about
me, not you.” Yeah, right! Here are some...
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
It’s an unpleasant reality of the modern workplace—at some point,
you will probably have a teammate who gets fired. We get
uncomfortable and awkward in these situations and that’s not
helpful to anyone. Here’s some quick tips for what to do when
a teammate gets fired. 1. Stop speculating: In my...
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Last week I was going to write a blog titled “I Don’t Have a
Life, I Have a Job”. The focus of the blog post was going to be the
issue of work-life balance and how difficult that can be to manage.
However; the issue of managing my life and managing my career
recently became a reality for me. On...