In this brief article written by Celia Swanson, former executive Vice President of Walmart, she discusses her past management experience with a very toxic workplace situation that fell under the radar for her for quite some time. She outlines what went wrong and how to (as well as who can) step up and work toward resolving the situation before it may be too late.
“A single person with a clarity of conscience and a willingness to speak up can make a difference”
In this Harvard Business Review article, Michigan Ross Professor Emeritus Robert Quinn tells the story of Dr. Tadataka Yamada, an executive who made milestones in changing his organization from one with an extreme financial drive to one that had regained its conscience and had become a leader in the medical research world.
Breaking habits is hard. This is largely because we are constantly barraged by stimuli engineered to make us crave and consume, stimuli that hijack the reward-based learning system in our brains designed initially for survival. Here’s something really useful on the subject:
We all have professional idols we’d like to meet. Sometimes we might luck into getting to say hello at a conference or having a mutual friend who can introduce us. Here are four excellent strategies to increase your chances of sucess:
I have long admired the work of Tony Schwartz. His New York Times bestseller, “The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal” co-written with the also renowned expert, Jim Loehr, has been a regular recommendation of mine for more than ten years. It’s not unusual for me to begin to coach high-powered executive clients with huge jobs and lots of stress who are well on their way to burn-out. This book addresses those clients’ fundamental issues: the need to continue their extremely demanding work, while at the same time consistently generating high performance without losing their “edge”, or, burning out in the process.
Tony’s leadership over the years as President and Founder of The Energy Project continues this important work. Check out this very personal and very honest account from him about going off track and recovering. I think you will find it worth the read.
Even in the startup world, where a talent gap means tech employees are in high demand, a solid resume is no guarantee of employment. Why? Because personality, cultural fit, and first impressions matter. The interview is your first and possibly only opportunity to stand out. It’s your chance to show an employer all the virtues that differentiate you.