It’s my taxpayer money you are spending!

money_in_toilet_400_clr_4526I have just experienced a micro-example of the macro-disaster that is our government bureaucracy.  I must say, if this experience is replicated only thirty percent of the time, we are wasting enormous amounts of taxpayer money.

Our story

We were excited to embark on a new venture – a consulting practice that would allow us to share some of the hard lessons we have learned about organizations and business strategy with others. We were particularly excited to receive designation as a veteran-owned, woman-owned business, thinking that would provide an opportunity to work with the government.

Two years later, I can say that consulting to the government is more politically charged than our government leaders, and the perfect example of building such a rigid infrastructure for one purpose, that causes unintended, myriad, costly ripple effects. (more…)

So What If He Lied About His Degree…

diploma_hat_graduation_800_clr_8164The New York Times ran an article about yet another successful, high profile sports coach who has been caught lying about his credentials. NYT writer Juliet Macur interviewed Coach Steve Masiello a few days prior to the revelation that he had lied about having a college degree. He got caught, as others have, with a background check as he started a new job.

During the interview, Masiello preached accountability and described how he had learned the importance of accountability from an early mentor. So my question is, “what, really, is accountability,” and “to whom is one accountable?” (more…)

“Tough Love” in the Workplace

getting_on_the_same_page_400_clr_12654Frank Sonnenberg wrote a terrific blog post recently on “Tough Love.”  His context was parental responsibility and his descriptions of common scenarios that occur when parents don’t set strong parameters for appropriate behavior would make conscientious parents squirm.  His premise is that if parents don’t set boundaries and hold children accountable for operating within those boundaries, the children don’t learn right and wrong.  They don’t learn how to behave properly, and in turn misbehave.

What do you think?  Does this have relevance to the workplace?  I think that it does.

As leaders, we may have the same reluctance that parents have to set parameters and provide feedback for fear that we will be resented or worse, not liked.  What’s interesting about Sonnenberg’s post, and I believe it works the same for leaders is – being liked isn’t (or shouldn’t be) part of the equation. (more…)