Q&A with David Burkus, author of Under New Management

David Burkus is a best-selling author, an award-winning podcaster, and associate professor of management at Oral Roberts University. His latest book, Under New Management, challenges the traditional and widely accepted principles of business management and proves that they are outdated, outmoded, or simply don’t work — and reveals what does. Read on for David’s insights [...]

Q&A with Dr. Liane Davey

Dr. Liane Davey is a psychologist, business strategist, author and speaker. The co-founder of 3COze, she works daily to take healthy teams to the next level of performance and to rehabilitate teams that have become unproductive and toxic. She does this by combining her expertise in strategy with her deep insight into group dynamics – [...]

Honest reflection is powerful

January is a natural time to reflect on what we have accomplished, what we intend to accomplish, and how we might work to improve ourselves. One of my favorite articles on personal development is “My Life as a Knowledge Worker” by the late management educator and author Peter F. Drucker. The article appeared in Inc. Magazine in February [...]

Q&A with Chris Taylor of Actionable.co

Chris Taylor spends his days working to change the world of work – one conversation at a time – through his company’s flagship program, Actionable Conversations, as well as the book summaries and thought leader interviews at ActionableBooks.com. Founded by Chris is 2008, Actionable.co started off as a passion project and has since turned into [...]

HIGH-PERFORMANCE TEAMS PART III: ONE MORE PUZZLE PIECE

In the first two parts in this series, we built upon the work done by a Google research team that identified two key elements present in high performing teams. 1.    Psychological safety—people felt safe to talk. 2.    Broad participation—all team members have equal opportunity to contribute to the group conversation. The third element of being a high-performing [...]

That was gracious. That was not.

I am often reminded that the same ideas we work with in organizational settings apply to family and friends—and often have more impact at home because, while work is important, it’s always family and friends first. Empathy is a key topic in the business world these days. “The evidence is clear that the most effective [...]

HIGH-PERFORMING TEAMS PART II: GAINING BROAD PARTICIPATION

This is the second post in a three-part series based on a study about teams by Google. Researchers completed an intensive two-year study of more than 180 teams looking for the key characteristics of their high-performing teams. The New York Times article on the Google study is worth your time. Two elements stood out: 1. Psychological safety—people felt [...]

HIGH-PERFORMING TEAMS PART I: CREATING SPACE WHERE EVERYONE FEELS SAFE

A group of researchers at Google completed an intensive two-year study of more than 180 teams looking for the key characteristics of their high-performing teams. The New York Times article on the study is worth your time. Two elements stood out: 1. Psychological safety—people felt safe to talk. 2. Broad participation—all team members have equal opportunity [...]

The Art of Clearing

Sometimes your thoughts don’t help. Psychology researchers at the University of Chicago wondered what would happen if students took a few minutes to jot down all their worries just before taking an exam. They idea was to clear the working memory of anything that could interfere with the mental clarity the students needed to perform [...]

Hey, Mom, what can I help you with today?

Recently a friend was lamenting to me about how the younger generation does not seem as inclined to help out around the house. Upon reflection, I can see where that might be the case, especially since young people today are socially more connected and have access to so much technology for entertainment. Wouldn’t it be [...]