Organizational Development

Big Bad Wolf Care

Management Monday: Managing the Future of Organizational Healthcare It’s been abuzz for months and now the time has come for Obamacare to kick in. Despite difficulty to resolve conflict and the big bad wolf vibe of Obamacare (Affordable Care Act), it may not be as bad as it’s been portrayed. Questions continue concerning the Affordable Care Act’s realistic affordability, but it is ...

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Your American Hustle

Management Monday: Managing Personal Accountability American Hustle claimed 10 Academy Awards and seems to have won America’s love as an instant classic film. Even after weeks in the spotlight, leading actress, Jennifer Lawrence is still grabbing headlines for her edgy performance. And sure, it’s good entertainment. Unfortunately, the “hustle” mentality portrayed by the fictional characters in the movie isn’t foreign to today’s business world. ...

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150 Lakers

Management Monday: Magic 150 Adopting the number 150 into business strategy can be highly useful concerning relationship strategy, particularly in the realms of Management and Social Media. Why 150? It has to do with relationships and human cognitive ability. “The figure of 150 seems to represent the maximum number of individuals with whom we can have a genuinely social relationship, the kind ...

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Emotional Intelligence & Conflict Resolution

Statistics speak to the need for improved Emotional Intelligence in the workforce. The typical manager spends 25-40% of his or her time dealing with workplace conflicts. That’s one to two days of every work week (Washington Business Journal, May 2005). As can be seen in The Persuasion Tools Model below, emotion is a key component in conflict resolution. Being able to understand one’s own emotions ...

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Come on Undercover Boss, “Turnover” a new leaf

Management Monday: Managing Executive and Employee Communication A disconnect between corporate headquarters and stores is often a stifling problem for organizations, even if they don’t realize it. Executives become busy at the headquarters, frequently having to work through their lunch break (2013 Executive Shadowing study). Every day meetings, emails, and tasks flood their schedule. At the end of the day, they ...

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Kendrick Lamar of Performance Appraisals

It seems Lamar got a lot of heat because he decided to uninvitedly evaluate his performance as the “best in show” and his peers as “shovel” worthy (ABC News).  Actions, not uncommon we would say in the corporate world.  We call them “Performance Appraisals”, but anything from faulty metrics used as guidelines, to when or whom the evaluation is based ...

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Where are your “Royal Babies?”

The birth of Prince William and Kate’s baby has brought about many discussions on the topic of succession. Although, succession is something the British monarchy has down to an art, by contrast, most companies haven’t even wet the canvas.  This may be partially due to the fact that leaders unlike princes and princesses are not born but rather developed through a ...

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MMM for the Millennial Revolution

Historically, insurrectionists have typically been greeted with hostility, and interestingly Millennials are often seen as insurrectionists in the workforce. However, a more appropriate description of Generation Y (Millennials) might be revolutionists. They certainly don’t have the intentions of tearing down greatness that has already been built; rather, they are progressive thinkers, looking to build on what they know works. Despite some negative associations with the ...

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The True Detective of Candidate Rejection

Management Monday: Managing Rejection Most Human Resources professionals know that no matter how poorly written a resume or how badly spoken a candidate, it is never appropriate during the employee selection process to treat a candidate with anything less than respect. Unfortunately, employers don’t always stick to that sensible rule when rejecting candidates. In fact, Job Bank Founder, Kelly Blazek, recently made national headlines ...

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The Circus Act

Management Monday: Managing With Work Life Balance Emphasis   Circus jugglers and tight wire walkers aren’t the only people balancing on a daily basis. In 2012, Americans ages 25 to 54 with children dedicated 8.8 hours a day to work, leaving 15.2 hours to eat, sleep, exercise, clean the house, spend time with family and deal with personal obligations, according ...

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