Running a business with employees is messy and fraught with challenges, not the least of which is the challenge that so many employees are also people — people who have dreams, fears, families, loneliness, hope, illness, optimism, and all of whom want to be part of a successful endeavor.Read More
Imagine if your boss, your leaders, your entire company culture, joined forces with you in a concerted effort to push you to do your best work. What if they fully embraced the reality of human potential and pushed you for ever higher levels of knowledge, skills, and excellence? What would it be like to work in such a place? What would you produce? What could you create?Read More
A coach helps you be successful in business. A mentor helps you be successful in this business, — in this company, in this industry.
It used to be that you started your career at the bottom and set your sites on the corner office. If you were good — and just a tad bit lucky — a company veteran tapped you on the shoulder and took you under their wing. They showed you the ropes. They introduced you to the right people. They taught you how to lead and they made sure that you got what you needed to be successful. We reverently called these people our “mentors.”
What’s changed?Read More
In my ongoing mission to turn ideas into action, I am pleased to announce another deep-dive into a classic leadership book. Beginning in May, 2012 friends, fans and fellow ambitious leaders will read and discuss a chapter a week in Jeffery Pfeffer’s seminal work Managing with Power: Politics and Influence in Organizations.Read More
The Globe and Mail reported on research by Matthew Bidwell, a management professor at the Wharton School. Bidwell discovered that …outside hires receive a significantly lower performance evaluation in the first two years of their new job compared with internal workers who are promoted into similar jobs… It doesn’t have to be that way. Read The First 90 Days or Your Next Move by Michael Watkins. Hire a seasoned coach to help you. Outsiders often fail…Read More
Silos — along with unhealthy, dysfunctional organizations — will not last long in today’s world of complex products and broad ecosystems. To be successful today a healthy, well-networked, resonant organization.
A study published by the MIT Media Lab puts data and some substance around this idea.Read More
Most people start a company with a product in mind, and then, often much later, look for people to build a team. I think we have that backwards. propose that a strong leadership team is a prerequisite for product or market decisions.
How are most companies started? In typical entrepreneurial circles — business schools, incubators, angel funds, venture capitalist firms — entrepreneurs are relentlessly challenged with two questions: 1) What is your product? and 2) Who is your market?
Both local and global markets are accelerating. Consumers are becoming sophisticated and have complex needs. They are constantly demanding new and individuated products. Competitive pressure is escalating. In this environment, successful organizations are those that can change and adapt. Only a cohesive leadership team can lead this change.Read More
Heather Hollick has been helping others become better leaders and craft more meaningful careers for more than 25 years. Her experience spans both business and technology, operations and organizational development. Oh, and she was born in Canada, so she can't help but be helpful. 😉