Leadership & Management

Uber Paid Hackers $100,000 in Hush Money: An Über Disruption of Trust

In his best selling book, The Speed of Trust, Stephen M.R. Covey contends that, “there is one thing that is common to every individual, relationship, team, family, organization, nation, economy, and civilization throughout the world—one thing which, if removed, will destroy the most powerful government, the most successful business, the most thriving economy, the most influential leadership, the greatest friendship, the strongest character, the deepest love… That one thing is trust.”

6 Roles of a Mentor

Successful mentors fulfill 6 key roles.  Take a moment to see how well you are doing for your proteges.

  1. Motivator – Positive reinforcement, self-confidence and self-esteem, maintain perspective, and visionary
  2. Coach – Listening, questioning skills, willingness to challenge, and ability to diagnose

What You Can Learn from Baseball’s Great Experiment

The June 30, 2014 Sports Illustrated cover featured a photo of Houston Astros’ outfielder, George Springer. The headline, “Your 2017 World Series Champs: An Unprecedented Look at How a Franchise is Going Beyond ‘Moneyball‘ to Build the Next Big Thing…”

This was a bold proclamation by author, Ben Reiter, who called it Baseball’s Great Experiment. At the time his prediction seemed far-fetched if not outright ludicrous. After all, the Astros had just finished three straight seasons as the dwellers at the bottom of the standings.

Great Leaders Bring This to Every Conversation

Woody Allen is famously credited with the expression:

80% of success is showing up.

There is some good news and bad news about showing up.

Bad news first…

It’s hard to fix tardiness, a poor wardrobe choice, or a lack of preparation at a moment’s notice:

  • Oversleep or miss your bus – you can’t turn back time. Yes, you can postpone the job interview or profusely apologize, but the reality is that you’re late and you probably won’t land that gig.

What 1,000s of Teams in 20+ Countries Taught Me About Great Leaders

Regardless of role, industry, or geography, most of us work in teams throughout our careers. You have likely worked with colleagues who you truly enjoyed partnering with and others who you would prefer to avoid in the future.

This range of team experiences, emotions, and reactions makes perfect sense. Teams are made of people, and we all have the potential to be:

Great Leaders Know When to Hit Pause and Engage

The vast majority of employees are disengaged from their work and you – not the CEO, the HR department, or someone else in the organization – are key to addressing the issue.

Don’t believe me?

Here are two findings from Gallup:

  • Only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged in their work. This means that, “one in eight workers — roughly 180 million employees in the countries studied — are psychologically committed to their jobs and likely to be making positive contributions to their organizations.”

Twitter’s 280-Character Count Remind Leaders That Character Counts

I recently read that Twitter is expanding its longstanding 140-character limitation to 280. At least for a small group of people selected for the test.

Here’s what co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey said about the decision.

“This is a small change, but a big move for us. 140 was an arbitrary choice based on the 160 character SMS limit. Proud of how thoughtful the team has been in solving a real problem people have when trying to tweet. And at the same time maintaining our brevity, speed, and essence!” – Jack Dorsey, CEO Twitter

I’m Sick of Millennials

In 2015, Pew Research reported that Millennials overtook Baby Boomers as America’s largest generation. “According to population estimates released this month by the U.S. Census Bureau. Millennials, whom we define as those ages 18-34 in 2015, now number 75.4 million, surpassing the 74.9 million Baby Boomers (ages 51-69).”