Tag Archive: Organizational Development

How to Stop Writing so Many Policies

Fear drives excessive policy-making. But policies don’t ignite passion. Excessive policy-making hobbles employees and hinders organizations. Policies are written for protection and often explain what shouldn’t or can’t be done.  Remarkable organizations are… Continue reading

The Nickname Project

Nurse Alice Tittle said Claudia Alta Taylor was, “… as pretty as a lady bird.” At two years old, Claudia became, “Lady Bird.” (NYT) Claudia became the First Lady of the United States… Continue reading

If You Don’t Know How to Make Work Fun

I’ll never forget the day my wife said our family was more peaceful without me. The kids were still home and I was always upset about something. Tragically, life was better without me.… Continue reading

Why Performance Declines After Praise

Generally speaking, it’s better to praise someone for not smoking than warning them about lung cancer. But we typically default to warnings. When you see a friend smoking, what’s the first thing you… Continue reading

One Bad Apple Lowers Team Performance Up to 40%

“[Will] Felps estimates that teams with just one deadbeat, downer, or asshole suffer a performance disadvantage of 30 to 40 percent compared to teams that have no bad apples.” (Bob Sutton in Good… Continue reading

How to Rise Above Fault Finding and Energize Your Team

You don’t think of yourself as a fault-finder, but what if you track your thoughts and language for an hour? What’s your attitude about others right now? Yourself? Fault-finders build insecure teams. You’re… Continue reading