The High Price of Money (a five-question happiness quiz)

Consider these five statements. True or False? Money cannot buy you happiness. Money may not buy happiness, but it will buy things that make you happy. The more money you have, the happier you are. Seeking wealth, status, or image undermines interpersonal relationships and connectedness to others. Pursuing money or other materialistic values results in…

Blanchard Webinar–Don’t Let Your Ego Hijack Your Career: 4 Warning Signs

Join writer, researcher, and speaker David Witt for a complimentary webinar and online chat beginning today at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time (12:00 noon Eastern). In a special presentation on Don’t Let Your Ego Hijack Your Career: 4 Warning Signs, David will be sharing some of the latest research on ego, personality, and its impact on leadership behavior.…

Top Reasons Why Employees Don’t Do What They Are Supposed to Do—as reported by 25,000 managers

Why don’t employees do what they are supposed to do?  Former Columbia Graduate School professor and consultant Ferdinand Fournies knows.  Over the course of two decades, Fournies interviewed nearly 25,000 managers asking them why, in their experience, direct reports did not accomplish their work as assigned. Here are the top reasons Fournies heard most often…

Exit interviews show top 10 reasons why employees quit

Ask employers why people quit a company and 9 out of 10 will tell you it’s about the money. Ask employees the same question and you’ll get a whole different story. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) discovered this when they asked 19,000+ people their reasons for leaving as a part of exit interviews they conducted for clients. The…

Only 14% of employees understand their company’s strategy and direction

Why don’t more employees do what they are supposed to do?  Author and consultant William Schiemann might have part of the answer—only 14% of the organizations he polled report that their employees have a good understanding of their company’s strategy and direction. He shares that fact and some of the causes as a contributing author…

Accountability Issues? Poor alignment might be the real issue

In The E-Myth Revisited:  Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It, author Michael Gerber identifies that everything a leader does begins with a common understanding of his or her company’s prime objective. This includes a clear sense of what the company stands for and where it is going. Scott Blanchard referred…

The Five Pillars of Well-Being in the Workplace and the Critical Role of Trust

The topic of well-being in the workplace is getting a lot of attention right now.  The January/February issue of The Harvard Business Review featured articles on “The Value of Happiness – How Employee Well-being Drives Profits.” Since people spend more time at work than in any other single environment, it behooves leaders to create organizations that foster…

Good to Great: You’ll never make the jump until you deal with this

There is one aspect of a leader’s personality that is both their greatest asset and greatest potential liability at the same time.  And if it is not dealt with correctly, it has the ability to stop a promising career dead in its tracks. That element of human personality is ego, and its power is seductive.…

Healthy confidence or destructive narcissism? 10 warning signs

Although some features of a narcissistic personality may look like confidence or healthy self-esteem, it’s not the same. Narcissism crosses the border of healthy confidence and turns into a self absorption that puts your leadership at risk.  Now, instead of a healthy confidence that is attractive to followers, you come across as “conceited, boastful or pretentious.…

6 Keys to Creating Learning Experiences that Inspire and Engage

Join The Ken Blanchard Companies for a complimentary webinar and online chat beginning today at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time (12:00 noon Eastern).  Dr. Vicki Halsey, author of Brilliance By Design will be discussing learning and application strategies for leaders in a special presentation on 6 Keys to Creating Learning Experiences that Inspire and Engage. The…