There has been some great effort to get people to the polls this year. It’s encouraging. I have noticed, however, a common argument for voting seems to be that a single vote can make all difference. They talk about how close races have been in the past, where very few votes made the difference. NPR, for instance, had an interesting article titled “Why Every … Read More Voting is Not About You
There tends to be a lot of confusion between training and professional development. Most often, those two things are conflated. Other times, people are vaguely aware that they are different things, but they’re just not sure what the distinction is or how to define it. So first I’ll just make this simple by explaining the difference. Training is operational. It teaches people how to … Read More Is There a Difference Between Training and Professional Development?
Why do otherwise promising leaders hitch their wagon to an anchor? Being an effective and ethical leader is exhausting. It requires constant effort and a strong group of allies and advisors (i.e., other leaders). When you’re desperate or feel like you’re drowning and someone tosses you a rope, you can be so eager and grateful for the gesture that sometimes you don’t notice when … Read More The Destructive Advisor: When a Leader’s Closest Ally is Her Undoing
Some people, I have found, are displeased when we mix politics with talk of leadership. Readers who feel this way, I surmise, just want to stay focused on what they know to be an important subject without having to wade through someone’s political opinions to get to the point. They want to be free to talk business and share knowledge of their profession without … Read More The Slow Boil: Why We Shouldn’t Shy Away from Politics When Discussing Leadership
There’s a lot of information out there about the importance of creating workflows and documenting processes. Process outlines and checklists are incredibly important for cross training, consistent and accurate service, reducing error, and continuous improvement. A lot of smart folks are giving great advice on the subject, but it can also be intimidating. For many situations the methods they provide for documentation is overkill. … Read More A Simple Way to Improve How Your Work Gets Done