Before you say you need training…

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Marketing email in my inbox:

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Oh my, I’m probably the wrong person for them to send this to; I don’t believe in quick training solutions for the problems the ad is describing. What can training really do?

The team is failing…are they missing skills? That can generally be taught. But why all of a sudden? This manager has an urgent issue, so why now? It is more likely that there is something else going on with the failing team and I would wager that the problem is due to a system issue, rather than a skills issue.

What do I mean by systems issue?  I’m talking about the processes and practices, the available resources, and the effectiveness of the leadership that is creating some problem that has now become an emergency. Continue reading Before you say you need training…

There is no work-around for effective leadership

Hi there. I have taken some time off writing. I thought maybe it was a dry spell because I couldn’t seem to take a thought on a logical journey to a conclusion. I started wondering if it might be because I am struggling to find truth these days.  Or maybe there are just too many opinions, ideas, thoughts and yes, truths, that trying to provoke thought through writing (as I said is my intention) is becoming unrewarding.

Then an article caught my eye. How a Radical Shift Left Zappos Reeling describes the chaos that ensued with CEO Tony Hsieh’s move to holacracy. The concept of leadless organizations just really needs some exploration. I can do that! Continue reading There is no work-around for effective leadership

Parlor Games

lets-playI just saw a “game” on Facebook that got my attention.  It said “Each of us possesses different types of personality that fall in the certain category. There are basically four types of people in this world. You can only fit into one of these four personalities; which one is it?”

The call to action was “Let’s play.”

Okay, I just can’t let that go.  Granted it is Facebook which makes no claim to the authenticity or veracity of anything posted. And it is Facebook where we go these days for our news and opinions.

And it is kind of fun to see where you fall out in these “games.” Perhaps we learn a little something about ourselves, which helps us feel comfortable in our own skin.  Learning and comfort can be a good thing.

So why did this get my attention?

Because it stereotypes, and stereotyping limits. Continue reading Parlor Games