Just how important is communication?

A laugh for the day with a serious message.  The video says it all.  The real work is making sure you’re on the same page!  Ever been in a similar situation?

The Coward Leader

This is a guest blog post by my husband and business partner, Joe Anderson.

I’m a retired Marine officer and have served in a senior leadership role in several Fortune 500 companies.  I’ve seen my share of “coward leaders”…I’ve even worked for a few.

chicken27The dictionary defines the word coward, when used as a noun, as “a person who lacks courage in facing danger, difficulty, opposition, pain, etc.; a timid or easily intimidated person.” Continue reading

HR’s Best Kept Secret – Get out of HR

get out of hr_2Here we go again. July-August 2014 Harvard Business Review author Ram Charan says “It’s Time to Split HR.” He proposes two totally different units – one that handles “administration” which he says would be primarily compensation & benefits. It would consist of “HR practitioners” and would report to the CFO.

The other would handle leadership and organization, report to the CEO and be staffed by rotating high potential operational leaders.
Sound familiar?

We boomers probably remember the days when this was a matter of routine. Not the split and different reporting relationships, but the integration of operational leaders into HR. In some instances, this rotation was through a management training program designed to expose future leaders to the whole organization. In other cases it was a staffing philosophy. Continue reading