• Do You Have A Dysfunctional Relationship With Your Boss?

    By Kevin on February 23, 2016
    While it’s common to disagree with a boss, or even to dislike a boss, how can we know if our relationship with our boss is never going to improve? How do we know if we should “fire” our boss, or stick it out a bit longer? I’m not talking about the obvious signs like sexual harassment or racism or clear HR violations. What if things aren’t that bad, but you aren’t sure if the devil you know is better than the next boss you don’t?
  • Book Review: Lead Inside The Box

    By Kevin on July 17, 2015

    Should you spend more of your time developing the weaker members of your team, or focus on making your star performers even better? As I’ve led teams over the years, one of the most difficult challenges is where to spend my limited time and energy.  Everyone on my team...

  • The Open Plan (work space) at Facebook

    By Kevin on September 5, 2012

    Facebook just unveiled plans for its new campus expansion, which was designed by world-famous architect Frank Gehry. It will be a single room, stretching 10 acres, where everyone will sit in the open with moveable furniture. As Mark Zuckerberg says in his own status update, “It will be the...

  • New Survey: Front-line Managers Don’t Practice Recognition for Employee Engagement

    By Kevin on June 24, 2011

    In our book We, Rudy Karsan and I suggest that Recognition is one of the three major drivers of employee engagement (Growth and Trust being the other two). Now, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has released a new survey on employee engagement and recognition, based on interviews...

  • Google’s 8 Habits of Highly Effective Managers

    By Kevin on March 22, 2011

    In a special initiative called Project Oxygen, Google unleashed its famed statisticians to analyze 10,000 observations about managers, across more than 100 variables, to find out how to build the perfect boss. Their resulting manifesto identifies 8 qualities, presented in order of importance: 1. Be a good coach Provide...

  • How to Get Employee Committment, Buy-in and Passion

    By Kevin on November 24, 2010

    I just wrapped final edits and did jacket approval for my new book, co-authored by Kenexa’s Rudy Karsan.We: How to Increase Performance and Profits Through Full Engagement (Wiley, January 2011) describes our new era where work and life are blended as opposed to balanced, entitlements are a thing of...

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