The Wall Street Journal today reported that teenager’s work rates plummeted during the recession and have seen little recovery since. More than 40% of teens worked in the summer of 2007. This year, less than a third did.
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A new report says employers can keep most issues in house by encouraging a "speak-up culture" in the workplace.
Study finds most whistleblowers are not disgruntled employees. Many people want to help, not cause trouble. You may find opportunities to do the thing right while you ensure you are doing the right thing.
We all know that here in the Bay Area tech is booming more than ever. This is particularly true "in the cloud." It is also true that as a result of t
People make a difference if they are smart enough to know and are willing to go toward what drives them. What is driving the technology industry? Are the actions meeting the promises?
What makes a great leader? These TED Talks offer surprising, nuanced approaches on how to inspire and empower others to do their very best.
There is no one size fits all leadership style. Begin your Hero’s Journey. Watch these 12 different viewpoints on leadership and find the leader in yourself. If it were easy, it would not be a quest.
The New York Police Department released surveillance video Friday of retired tennis star James Blake's mistaken arrest on Wednesday. The officer, was looking for suspects in an investigation into a credit card fraud ring. He rushed Mr. Blake on Wednesday after a courier outside the hotel identified him as having used false credit card information to make purchases.
Fair or not, people judge our organizations by the actions of our employees. Think about the how much time and money it will take to counter these images.
The lack of a crowd of onlookers tells you something about living there. No, I am not hating on NYC. I grew up there. I am surprised at how seriously the NYC PD takes credit card fraud.
When the Great Recession hit in late 2008, Honeywell, like all diversified manufacturers, experienced a drop off in new orders. Company executives would have to make a choice of whether and how to cut their workforce costs—either through mass layoffs or furloughs.
The Great Recession generated a sense of urgency in most corporations and governments. The decisions and lessons learned at Honeywell may come in handy for you as the economy teeters between recovery and recession.
It is better not to try to make critical decisions on a burning platform unless you have no other choice. CEO Dave Cote made an interesting decision, unusual in the US. Would it be right for you?
Why should you care? Now, that we all know it can happen here is a good time to start discussing how to lead and manage our firms.
Learn more about what Honeywell did in this article and collection of videos. Start a discussion at your firm to start preparing for the next crisis. You do not have to be a Harvard MBA student to benefit.
The business case is available here:
Which of two customer loyalty strategies delivered greater ROI? Is it a customer service experience, or is it technology that integrates ease, simplicity and speed into the product? My answer to this is simple: Both!
Fair or not, customers expect to have it all. If they do not feel cared about and cared for, they will be lured away by your competition. Yes, the lack of customer loyalty astonishes you, but that is probably how you acquired that customer in the first place.
Today, customers talk to each other about you. They are learning to play the game too. They can have it all, or believe they can, by switching to another company that offers a similar product or service.
The game has changed. It always does! Human beliefs and expectations may be one of the few things that can outrace technology. It is a human thing. If you still offer only two of the three choices, you obviously do not understand people.
Thinking like an owner is great advice if you work in a company like the one in this article. There was a cultural expectation. People accepted the added responsibility and empowered themselves to do more than just their job. That was how they did things around there.
Is this the environment where you work? If not, proceed with caution. Many companies are full of employees who only want to do their job. Company culture can be a tough hurdle to jump.
Founders need lieutenants they can trust to help grow their businesses. The best way to find them is to train them yourself.
Move # 1 down in the list. It focuses on managing. Managing is great, but it is not leadership.
Only a fool (or a brand with billions to spend on media) tries to be all things to all people.That's why Adweek's Watch Awards honor the year's top online videos across a wide range of specific genres and targeted audiences. This year's crop of winners show that success is about building a connection with the right viewers, not necessarily everyone with eyeballs.Check out the Watch Awards winners across each of our programming categories below:
Stop trying to be all things to all people. Discover the importance of targeting your message for the right audience.
Toshiba's chief executive and president Hisao Tanaka resigned Tuesday over an accounting scandal that has rocked the company. Eight board members, including vice chairman Norio Sasaki, have also resigned their posts as part of a major management reshuffle.
Report: The corporate culture is to blame!
Know what you want and be able to communicate it to your boss.
From a manager’s perspective, a new hire can’t come up to speed fast enough. Set expectations early on.
This is good advice for what to do when bringing a new employee into your organization. I would expand the article to include the types of steps you should take when on-boarding a contractor or consultant.
An important note, a consultant is different from a contractor that is hired to perform a limited, well-defined task. A consultant is hired to observe, provide opinions and guide some type of change.
There will be times that a great deal of thought should be put into hiring contractors as well. For example, if your organization enters into an outsourcing arrangement expect tempers to run hot due to organizational change and the loss of jobs to outsiders.
Outsourced contractors will come and go. It is in your best interests to standardize the on-boarding process. Yes, your outsourcer will promise to do this for you. Do not believe they can or will orient contractors to your satisfaction.
Companies hire and expect consultants and contractors to start providing value right away. Just as when hiring a new employee, this expectation is unlikely to be satisfied. There are steps that you can take to make the on-boarding process easier though.
Put effort into gathering key facts about what the consultant should know about the company. Many consultants will perform some level of due diligence, or research before and during the hiring process.
What they learn is likely to be gleaned from the annual report, news stories and web sites such as Glassdoor.com.
For a consultant to help an organization, you will want to provide some information about the company and situation from the inside. Help them to help you.
I recall a consulting position with a Big Four organization. The particulars of the role are unimportant here. What did matter was that the description of the customer, situation and goals were written for an automobile parts manufacturer.
When I arrived onsite, I thought I was at the wrong place. The customer manufactured eye-wear and the business situation revolved around the aftermath of an international merger. That was not just a job. It was an adventure!
Remember, this is your company and your customers at stake. The employee, contractor or consultant’s level of engagement will directly affect your wallet.
More importantly, every workers engagement will directly affect your customers’ experience.
One little conjunction could be getting in the way of what you want to say.
The moral of today's lesson: Be careful where you put your but. In fact, you may want to keep your but out of it completely.
Is your parenting crippling your child's growth? Here are 7 ways your behaviors may be holding your child back from growing into a leader.
Are leaders born to be great or do they learn how to be leaders? I have no kids so I cannot say these parental behaviors are crippling children everywhere. If you have a little life to mold, this article offers food for thought.
‘Every time we say yes to a request, we are also saying no to anything else we might accomplish with the time’ Every year I seem to have the same resolution: say “no” more often. Despite my black b...
Missed opportunities may cost you but saying no can pay higher dividends. Learn how to make the right decision.
Don’t waste your breath with absurd questions like: What are your weaknesses?
During the job search, who is being interviewed?
a.> the candidate? or
b.> the interviewer?
If the candidate is a high-achiever, the answer is a. and b.
Be prepared. Come to the table knowing what you need, want and desire. Smart candidates know more about you than you think.
Executive consultant Marshall Goldsmith explains why coaching is never about the coach.
Company culture and cultural fit have a huge impact on your day-to-day happiness at work. Find out what to do if your culture is going bad with these tip!
Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way (Leave).
Most offices have at least one—the die-hard who refuses to take a vacation. The ill effects of refusing to go on vacation, documented in research, include fatigue, poor morale, heart problems and reduced productivity. Some 15% of U.S. employees who are entitled to paid vacation time haven't used any of it in the past year.
Not taking your vacation may seem like a selfless act. It may indicate problems in other areas.
There are risks for employees, their relationships with family and coworker’s psychological state.
There are business risks too. For example,
Take some time off. Think about it!
The fastest-growing demographic in the workforce knows a few things about motivating and leading others.
Millennials want to make a difference. This has been true of every generation since the dawn of time.
Some of them undoubtedly will. Others will try. Some will fail.
You once felt the same way. Are things so perfect now that you don't want to try to change the world?
If you need reminding...watch this clip
Bye Bye Birdie - What's the Matter With Kids Today
Dov Charney -- the controversial leader and founder of the iconic 'sweatshop-free, Made in USA' fashion brand -- has been fired by his board for alleged misconduct.
The CEO walks around in his underpants. The Board wants to fire him for misconduct.
Gee, what was their first clue the guy needs help?
The Board likely needs to be replaced as well.
"A person familiar with the matter said the investigation found that Charney allegedly stayed in corporate apartments when he wasn't on business, used company funds to book airline tickets for his parents and helped leak nude photographs online of a former worker who was suing him, among other alleged improper decisions."
Is the Board anticipating a takeover bid from Charney or another party?