In thinking about how to help groups think better, beware of ‘groupthink'.Read More
I’m writing this blog as I sit in a cavernous auditorium with 14 other Georgia attorneys. The lawyer in front of me is doing a crossword puzzle; the lawyer to his left is scanning her Kindle Fire. Several are sending emails; one’s reading a crime novel, another, a newspaper. One is soundly asleep.
We have terrific software programmers who are technically proficient. Most show little interest in professional development beyond writing more code. How
could we get their attention?
—Cracking the Code, team leader, software/services, Andover, Massachusetts
I am a new supervisor really struggling with what seems like a simple problem. How do I suggest assertiveness training to other new managers without coming across as demeaning? I want to make it part of annual reviews, but am not sure this is the best approach.
—My Tongue Is Tied, product administrator, services, Seal Beach, California
What should we do when an otherwise strong and productive manager resists coaching?
—Behind the Scenes, health care, Charlotte, North Carolina
Imagine my delight when I found out over the holidays that my daughter was promoted into management. Like any good father, dear old Dad was more than happy to impart his years of experience from the managerial front lines.
We want our managers to play an active role in promoting greater multicultural diversity among our workforce. How might this magnify the challenges they already face in motivating their employees? What obstacles/resistance should they expect, and how could we train them to answer those objections?
—Proceeding, but With Caution, agency diversity manager, government, Phoenix
Business results were 21 percent higher among organizations whose senior leaders ‘very frequently' make an effort to coach others, according to the Bersin & Associates study.Read More
For its retention effort with a clear bottom-line boost, NetApp is the 2011 winner of the Optimas Award for Financial Impact.Read More
What steps do we take to develop an effective executive-selection process?
—Changes at the Top, Director of Staffing and Selection, St. Louis