Category Archive: Managing

The Future of Organizations According to the Wall Street Journal

The future of organizations depends on skillful, empowered middle-managers. (WSJ – subscription required.) Successful managers*: Motivate employees to act. Engage employees with purpose. Drive outcomes assertively. Paddle upstream successfully. Create accountability. Build relationships… Continue reading

The Single Biggest Factor in Long-Term Organizational Success

“What ultimately constrains the performance of your organization is not its business model, nor its operating model, but its management model.” (The Future of Management, Gary Hamel) Factors of organizational success: Jim Collins… Continue reading

82% of Managers Have the Wrong Talent

Gallup finds that companies choose managers with the wrong talent 82% of the time. Bill Clinton’s campaign for President was advanced by the slogan, “It’s the economy, stupid.” Organizations that want to attract… Continue reading

How Curiosity Energizes Team Members

I asked a question that drained a leader’s energy. She’s facing new challenges and feels trapped. Meeting challenges, seizing opportunities, and solving people-issues require energy. It’s true that serving in ways that align… Continue reading

The Chairman of Nokia on Managing His Replacement

The danger of being promoted is micromanaging your replacement. What if you feel more skilled than your replacement? What if your replacement doesn’t do things the way you would do them? To make… Continue reading

Only One in Ten Have the Talent to Manage

“Gallup’s research reveals that about one in 10 people possess the talent to manage.” (Gallup) The myth of the great leader riding in on a white horse pollutes our thinking about the value… Continue reading