Month: October 2014

Five ways to jump start a culture shift in your organization

Earlier this week, my professional colleague and buddy Michael Kerr wrote a guest piece titled Creating culture shift.  I promised he’d be back with a follow-up piece and here it is – five ways to jump-start a cultural shift in your organization. Here are five ways to help you jump start a cultural shift in […]

Creating culture shift

Michael Kerr is my professional colleague (and a good friend) who helps companies create more inspiring workplace environments.  He’s a busy guy though; in fact the last time he guested on the Turning Managers into Leaders blog was four years ago in October 2010 when he wrote Subversive workplace humor can be a cover for […]

Millennials, November 6 is Bring In Your Parents Day!

As readers of this blog know, I have a keen interest in the Millennial generation and their impact on the workplace, and I frequently seek to get dialogues going on this topic (one such column: Four things millennials hate about you).  Recently, my fellow columnist at The Globe & Mail, Brian Church (who is also […]

Use this phrase for more effective communication

Two irrefutable truths about effective communication: Effective communication involves both speaking and listening, preferably equably between two parties. When it’s your turn to speak, it’s also your responsibility to ensure that the message is heard and received by the other person. Let’s look at #2 more closely.  Despite the fact that it happens often, ensuring […]

What does it take to overcome resistance to change?

Last year I wrote this blog post about resistance to change – How can you get people to change before it becomes a crisis situation? – and I summarized the “burning platform” story in Daryl Connor’s book Managing at the Speed of Change.  In a nutshell, the message is that people change when the pain […]

Having trouble staying focused? You may be the problem!

In the past, I’ve blogged about the challenge of staying focused citing research from Gloria Mark, an associate professor at the University of California, Irvine and an expert on work interruptions (see A leadership lesson on staying focused (from cats)).  Recently, I was doing some research for a new program and came across an interesting […]