Depending on your preferred quote, the truth will make you miserable, make you mad, and set you free … but not until it is finished with you. I take no comfort in contradicting James Garfield, Aldous Huxley, David Foster Wallace, and especially Jesus. The truth, however, cannot exercise its enormous [...]
Take a moment to answer this question: How do you build and sustain a culture of commitment, accountability, engagement, and results? Did your list contain hiring for fit, coaching and developing people, providing an engaging environment, providing feedback, open communication, creating a sense of community, and offering competitive pay and [...]
Your business will probably not last forever. Fifty percent of start-up businesses fail within the first five years. The average lifespan of a Fortune 500 company is only 40 to 50 years. S&P 500 companies stuck around for an average of 67 years in the 1920’s. Today they last an [...]
Rapid, radical technology advances have always disrupted the status quo and created a generation of marketplace winners and losers. In 1860, there were probably Pony Express riders who sat around after a long day’s ride and joked that the transcontinental telegraph wouldn’t become commercially viable even though everyone recognized its [...]
What companies are getting it wrong today? More important, what can you learn from them? The Five Friends share their ideas.
Are you thinking of throwing out your company’s performance appraisal? A lot of companies are including GE, Accenture, Netflix, and Adobe. It is easy to understand why. Annual appraisals feel antiquated in a world where priorities continuously change and being nimble is a strategic advantage. Compounding the problem with performance [...]
Want to understand the latest trends that will affect your business? The Five Friends share their ideas.
You can’t influence – much less control – many of the variables that will affect your future. There is one, however, that is totally within your control. Your mindset, the perspective and thinking through which you view the world, creates the lens that guides your choices, actions, and results. A [...]
You’ve heard it for years—a clear, compelling, and shared purpose is the driving force for building and sustaining a high-performing organization. It provides the “why” that serves as the North Star guiding every action and pulling people toward success. You can’t argue with the successes trotted out in the leadership [...]
Engaged employees lead to increased profits, increased customer satisfaction and loyalty, fewer safety incidents, and lower turnover. The Five Friends share ideas on how you and your organization can earn the discretionary effort and commitment that comes from enhanced engagement.