Category: Management

What Makes A Powerful Mission Statement

Over the past several decades, organizational leaders have grown to appreciate the role of purpose in building a thriving company. A strong sense of purpose attracts great talent, keeps them motivated and engaged, and bonds […]

What Makes A Powerful Mission Statement

A Company Is Not A Family

It’s unclear where the metaphor got started. In fact, it probably didn’t start as a metaphor (“we are a family”); it probably started as a simile (“we are like a family”). Some well-meaning executive somewhere […]

A Company Is Not A Family

What High Performers Want

Beginning in the mid-1990s, companies began competing intensely in the “War for Talent.” Driven by consulting firm McKinsey & Company, more and more organizations bought into the idea that in order to win against competitors, […]

What High Performers Want

The Five Worst Ideas In Management

Businesses are full of bad ideas. (And that’s not including the Segway scooter or Pets.com). No two organizations are exactly alike, and each organization is an experiment in organizational design. Lots of policies and procedures […]

The Five Worst Ideas In Management

Signs Of A Toxic Company Culture

Work is central to our lives. If you work a full-time job, then your work consumes over a third of your waking hours every week—even more if you’ve got a long commute or if working […]

Signs Of A Toxic Company Culture

Why Performance Reviews Don’t Work

Like a lot of measures that are well-intentioned but ultimately dysfunctional, performance reviews started in government. Feedback as a tool to improve performance is much older. But in the United States, it was the Performance […]

Why Performance Reviews Don't Work
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