Life’s tango. Want to dance?
I love to rewatch old movies. Movies become a beautiful mix of the familiar and surprise once they’ve hit that magical place where it’s been long enough that I don’t remember much of the storyline. Recently, I rewatched Father of the Bride, a Steve Martin film with the perfect balance …Read More
The best way to crush psychological safety
“We’re cutting 60% of the workforce in one month.” That message was delivered to a friend during a company town hall meeting. Each person sitting there suddenly knew it was more likely that they wouldn’t have a job in the near future. Fast forward 1 month. “Arrive at 8:00 am …Read More
Public Benefit Corps, B Corps and ESG…oh my!
Let’s take a moment to talk about two symbiotic relationships to an Environmental, Social and Governance (or ESG) strategy: B Corporations (B Corps) and public benefit corporations (or PBC’s). Neither is needed for a strong ESG strategy that sets your company apart as an industry leader. But they can be …Read More
The search for meaning and purpose is fundamentally human
To win in the marketplace, you must first win in the workplace. To win in the workplace, you need to understand what employees today value. The Global Pandemic sparked the Great Resignation. What each of us expects from our careers has changed. In order to attract, retain, and engage the …Read More
Backlash against greenwashing
Greenwashing is misleading information by an organization to present an environmentally responsible image to the public. In other words, lying about sustainability practices or impact. In years past, the consequence of corporate greenwashing was consumer backlash resulting in negative publicity. This bad publicity might embarrass leaders and pressure them to …Read More
How to execute a business turnaround
I joined adidas in May 2013. In retrospect, it was the worst time to join the company. Growth for the brand had plateaued. We were balancing on a cliff, and about to take a nose dive. The corporate atmosphere went from comfortable complacency to active discomfort. As sales plummeted so …Read More
Business failure or leadership failure?
If a company cannot provide its employees a living wage, then it’s a clear market indicator that company should not be in business. I do mean living wage. Not minimum wage or the lowest wage someone will accept, but a living wage which is defined as the minimum income necessary …Read More
What it would feel like to wake up every work day excited to go to work
What would it feel like to wake up every work day excited to go to work? When the sound of your alarm clock goes off, springing out of bed with the giddy excitement of a 10 year old at summer camp. The thrill of possibility rushing through your veins. The …Read More
Hitting pause on lobster
Lobster was not always a delicacy. There are American myths about dockhands striking over meals of lobster. Of prisoners declaring that being served lobster more than twice a week was cruel and unusual punishment. Today lobster is more a luxury for special occasions or fancy restaurants. But a luxury you …Read More
This common practice is toxic for your culture
“We’re having a party Saturday afternoon, want to come over?” I asked a friend. “I can’t,” she says, “I have to work all weekend.” The reason she can’t come is that she’s doing the job she got promoted to months ago, while still doing her previous job that the company …Read More