I thought I was giving Houston Public Works a BIG gift by facilitating an Accelerated Growth Process to develop their strategic plan and reshape their future. But, the gift I received was far greater. I was “out gifted.” Houston Public Works is the largest Public Works agency in the U.S. Imagine managing 4000 employees in a 800+ square mile service area, producing 146 billion gallons of drinking water, maintaining 100,000 storm water inlets, and 16,000 lane … [Read more...] about How I was “out gifted” by my client: Lessons learned from transforming Houston Public Works
In a world where things are moving at a speed we've never seen before and faster than we've been taught to deal with, do HR leaders have the skills to lead the the dramatic change businesses will need to make in order to compete in a disruptive global economy? After a global HR conference I got to thinking maybe not. When I give a ROAR keynote presentation, I like to ask attendees to take a short Resilience at WorkTM survey to find out how resilient they are. The composite … [Read more...] about Are HR leaders equipped to deal with the dizzying transformation of the workplace?
As holiday cards and gifts land on my desk and mass emails clog my inbox, I've been wondering how meaningful are they really. A gift is always fun to receive, but soon forgotten. It's eaten, regifted or, worse yet, contributed to the next white elephant gift exchange. Pre-printed cards with a barely scribbled signature or "thank you" are nice for a brief moment -- before they're tossed in the trash. Generic holiday posts on social media are hardly compelling, and, of course, the … [Read more...] about It’s a wrap: How smart leaders close out the year with the most valuable gift of all
As Houston begins its recovery from the devastating effects of hurricane Harvey, I can't help but look for the leadership lessons in the experience. Not unlike a crisis situation or change initiative at work, the collective nervous system is shot, people are reactive, anxious, and, for people like me, who were minimally affected, perhaps even feel guilty. Let's not forget the weight gain from days of eating chocolate, potato chips and other comforting foods while trapped inside for … [Read more...] about Why It Takes A Hurricane To Uncover Your Potential: Lessons Learned From The Eye of Harvey
An exclusive interview with Warren Lee Holleman PhD, Professor of Behavioral Science and Director of the Faculty Health & Well-Being Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center You’re working hard, giving your all. You might even feel depleted or defeated. At times you wonder, is it all worth it? You ask yourself, “why am I making so many sacrifices to meet other’s needs?" "Is it worth the toll on my health and wellbeing to work this much?" Family and friends … [Read more...] about Your SuperPower
Is it possible employee engagement in the U.S. has increased by only 3 percentage points from 2012 to 2016? The State of the American Workforce report released February 15, 2017 offers startling data. If ever there was a strong call to action for leaders and HR professionals, here it is in black and white. According to Gallup "The U.S. - and the world at large - is in the midst of an employee engagement crisis." Something isn't working about the way we're working We've been … [Read more...] about Gallup’s State of the American Workforce Report issues a STRONG call to action. Will you heed it?