What’s your experience working in today’s tougher workplace?

In a two-part series on The Tougher Workplace, Los Angeles Times reporter Alana Semuels takes a look at how the recession has negatively impacted working conditions for both hourly and salaried employees. One of the main themes of her story is that businesses are asking employees to work harder without providing the kinds of rewards—financial…

Healing the Wounded Organization–3 key strategies from Ken Blanchard

Trust, commitment, and morale all took a hit as many companies struggled through the economic downturn of the past two years.  Ken Blanchard believes that there are three key strategies that leaders can employ to return a wounded organization to full health:   Be a bearer of hope Make your people your business partners Become a servant…

Rebuilding Trust, Commitment, and Morale

Years ago, business owners were asked, “If you had to choose between a fire that wiped out your facilities versus having all of your people quit and walk out at the same time, which option would you take?” Almost everyone said they’d rather lose their buildings and equipment because to rebuild their human organization would…

Layoffs, Mergers, and Acquisitions: Where to focus first

What’s the best way for leaders to impact their organizations after a layoff, merger, or acquisition?  If you had to choose between focusing on your people, financials, or customers, where would you begin?  We asked that question to 700 frontline, mid-level, and senior executives who attended our webinar on Revitalizing the Downsized Organization this past…

Layoffs versus Pay Cuts: Part 2

The debate between what’s better for company’s experiencing a downturn in sales, layoffs or pay cuts, continues to draw differing opinions.  In today’s US edition of The Wall Street Journal, columnist Cari Tuna reports that while 65% of companies resort to lay offs when faced with economic short falls, a growing percentage are choosing mandatory…

Live chat on Keeping People Focused and Productive during Uncertain Times

Join Blanchard consultants Jim Atwood and Alan Youngblood at The Ken Blanchard Companies LeaderChat blog beginning at 10:05 a.m. Pacific Time for a 50-minute Q&A session.    Jim and Alan will be stopping by right after they finish their WebEx webinar on Keeping People Focused and Productive during Uncertain Times.  Over 400 people will be…