Why ‘Flying By the Seat of Your Pants’ is Not the Best Version of You

“Let’s just throw it against the wall and see what sticks.” “I’m just winging it here.” “I feel like I’m really flying by the seat of my pants.” You may have heard (or even said) statements like these before in your work life. Comments like these indicate a lack of insight, feeling unprepared, rushed, and/or not in control. These are also statements that do not build confidence if they come from leaders in your organization. On the one hand, declarations like these show honesty and transparency, which is a good leadership trait. On the other hand, a leader who lacks insight, hasn’t adequately prepared, is rushing, or feels out of control is a leader who is on the verge of making mistakes. A number of years ago, my wife and I went out to dinner with some good friends and returned to my house to play some board games. When we arrived at my house, I noticed my friend do something very irregular. He put his to-go box in my refrigerator and put his car keys on top of it. Curious, I asked why he had done that. Experience had taught him that [...]

Why California is Leading the Way with Talent

One of the biggest challenges in any organization is attracting and retaining the best talent available. In a difficult economy, the employer controls the job market, as jobs are at a premium, and employees are willing to forego some job satisfaction for a stable job. However, with the economy in an upswing, employers are finding that even employees who are generally content with their work situation are exploring the job market – going on interviews, accepting offers, and asking for their employers to match offers that they are getting from competitors. Perhaps the most impactful and also the most challenging to satisfy are the millennials, who currently make up about 35% of the workforce¹. The undeniable leader in attracting and retaining millennial talent to its borders is California. There are a number of obvious reasons for this, from its pleasant climate, to thriving cities, to legislation that encourages career opportunities (no non-compete clauses). Beyond this, however, there are things that leaders can do to emulate what companies in California are doing to successfully recruit talent. So, what exactly is California doing to win the war on talent? Last week, the Harvard Business Review (HBR)² outlined some of the methods [...]

What Happens in Vegas…Never Should Have Happened

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” This saying, commonly known as ‘Vegas rules’ essentially means that there are certain times and places where people can engage in bad behavior and have it overlooked or swept under the rug. It’s fun to let loose once in a while, but in reality choices can have consequences that you didn’t see coming. In other words, your behavior may have happened in Vegas, but the consequences can follow you. This is especially true of leaders in organizations. It doesn’t take long searching the Internet for examples of fallen leaders before you realize how serious the issue of corporate ethics is. This was brought to the forefront of recent news with the suspensions of Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, the two most powerful men in soccer, being upheld for allegations of corruption¹. Blatter has been the President of FIFA since 1998, heading the organization that oversees the world’s most popular sport. FIFA generated more than $2 billion in revenue in 2014, $140 million of that being profit². Platini is the head of UEFA, Europe’s soccer confederation. These men have been suspended from their posts for their roles in [...]

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