Some anonymous soldier once observed that when bad things happen to the leadership, somthing bad inevitably happens to the soldiers in his command. The principle was immortalized in an expression about the stuff that rolls downhill. For many people, the things that “roll downhill” are expected to be unpleasant, negative, or punishing. This is why…Details
In an award winning Super Bowl commercial, Reebok poked fun at “tough guy” leadership styles. “We asked Reebok to help us improve office productivity, we had no idea how effective their methods would be” says the CEO in the commercial. Next we see a bunch employees goofing off only to be mauled and tackled by Terry…Details
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This week I received some great feedback from a friend in Australia who is spreading the “Green Beans & Ice Cream” message to the leadership in his company. Stephen works as a business improvement adviser for a company in Australia and shared a wonderful story with me of what happened to him while he was waiting…Details
A couple of weeks ago, at my invitation, Bill attended Direct Supply’s 8th annual Loss Prevention Forum. The attendees included risk and safety professionals from 22 large long term care corporations (assisted living and skilled nursing) as well as representatives from AHCA and NCAL (national long term health care associations). I invited him to…Details
Here are the questions for the story – “Basic Training” – which will appear in the April issue of CANVAS magazine. The story looks at how companies can incubate new age employees and build the right team for their respective markets (in this case, the printing services industry). Do generational gaps exist? Generational gaps are…Details
I always enjoy hearing when readers liked “Green Beans and Ice Cream” so much that they had to share it. Cindy Worell, a branch manager at Prospect Mortgage in Massachusetts, recently sent me an email saying she did just that. Worell’s family has been involved in fundraising for a number of community groups for the past 10 years,…Details
The lights flickered and went out. There I was, about to give my Green Beans & Ice Cream presentation at the American Society of Safety Engineers Seminar Fest, and it was completely dark. My presentation was at the LVH, the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, where Elvis Presley once played 837-sold out shows. At this…Details
A new venture unfolds with The Paradies Group When Greg Harmon with The Paradies Group invited me to a book signing at the Atlanta International Airport, I was honored. Both Charlotte and Atlanta are my “second home” as I connect to travel around the world, and I felt like they would be a great place…Details
The ability to motivate employees is one of the greatest skills an entrepreneur can possess. Two years ago, I realized I didn’t have this skill. So I hired a CEO who did. Josh had 12 years in the corporate world, which included running a major department at Comcast. I knew he was seasoned, but I was still…Details
From CBSNews It’s graduation time and once again we say “Stand back all bosses!” A new breed of American worker is about to attack everything you hold sacred: from giving orders, to your starched white shirt and tie. They are called, among other things, “millennials.” There are about 80 million of them, born between 1980…Details
”Take the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator and feel better” is something we often hear or read in the Sunday papers. Few people actually follow that advice. Can we get more people to take the stairs over the escalator by making it fun to do?
A young employee came up with an idea that added a million dollars to our bottom line. How do we reward him for the contribution? Do we even have to? Read the story on Inc Magazine’s Blog . . .
I recently borrowed from my local library the new book Spark, a very clearly written and insightful book by a Canadian journalist with a Masters degree in engineering from MIT. Based in Ottawa, Canada, Frank Koller has shared an invaluable story of how a traditional manufacturing company can in fact thrive in North America, and…Details
In recent years, hundreds of schools have made these transactions more businesslike, experimenting with paying kids with cold, hard cash for showing up or getting good grades or, in at least one case, going another day without getting pregnant. Read Post