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Color Me Insulted: A Failed Attempt at Engagement

Posted by sybil | On: Jun 13 2017 | Comments (1)
Picture this: a well-known brokerage firm recovering from a major scandal is faced with increasing losses and decreasing brand confidence. A well-intentioned attempt to rally its “dispirited” employees backfires and results in further disengagement. Here’s...

A Business Consultant’s Rant

Posted by sybil | On: May 16 2017 | Comments (0)
I love working with my clients, and yet I get so frustrated sometimes — not at them, but for them. I get frustrated on their behalf because of the organizational absurdity they have to deal with. For example: A management team focuses on improving employee...

What’s the Problem with the Next New Management Trend?

Posted by sybil | On: May 09 2017 | Comments (0)
The answer depends on management’s attention span. No matter how well intentioned, executives who are unable to keep their focus on doing what it takes to make a new approach work will move on when the initiative fails and go after for the next best thing...

Here’s What Bad Bosses Say

Posted by sybil | On: Apr 25 2017 | Comments (0)
Steer clear if someone you work for – or with – says any of the following: “I’m not the boss because I’m always right. I’m always right because I’m the boss.” “Why should I invest in your training? You’ll...

Engaging Conversations with Volunteers

Posted by sybil | On: Apr 18 2017 | Comments (0)
“Volunteers … work not for money but because they want to give back, make a difference, change the world.”  Sally Helgesen While the need to give of themselves may motivate volunteers to get involved, it doesn’t ensure their continuing commitment....

The Problem with Top-Down

Posted by sybil | On: Apr 11 2017 | Comments (0)
Going horizontal in a vertical world by David Zinger Our organizational problems stem from being so vertical in a horizontal world. Elevators of rank, privilege, and delusion traverse up and down the corporate hierarchy giving the illusion of height over width. Even...

Sharing a Positive Message: Interview with Laughing at My Nightmare’s Sarah Yunusov

Posted by sybil | On: Mar 07 2017 | Comments (2)
I am one of more than half a million followers of Shane Burcaw’s Laughing At My Nightmare blog. I’m also greatly impressed with the nonprofit organization he co-founded with his cousin, Sarah Yunusov, with the mission “to spread a message of positivity...

How Will You Honor Your Employees on Recognition Day?

Posted by sybil | On: Feb 21 2017 | Comments (0)
Recognizing and affirming employee value is critical to creating and sustaining employee engagement. And while workplace recognition should be a no-brainer, Gallup research found otherwise. According to Gallup practice manager Annamarie Mann and researcher Nate...

Confessions of a Recovering Nonprofit Executive

Posted by sybil | On: Feb 07 2017 | Comments (0)
One of the most challenging jobs I know of is held by people who work in nonprofits — they are as passionate about their work as they are stressed trying to accomplish much with limited resources. I explored this topic recently with a former nonprofit leader, Debrah...

What to Look for When Replacing a Manager

Posted by sybil | On: Jan 31 2017 | Comments (0)
A colleague expressed frustration about a corporate search that took nearly a year to replace a department head. It takes time to bring in the right person, and urgency takes a back seat to finding the right fit. The challenge, however, is getting through the process...