Is our ability to communicate effectively being diminished by technology? I read this really interesting article on Forbes recently about how intergenerational communication failures are creating havoc in the hiring process. The author, Jack Kelly, talks about how there is an inherent difference between how job seekers and representatives at companies (hiring managers, recruiters, etc.) desire to interact with each other.
Imagine you’re back in the workforce looking for a job (or maybe you’re one of my younger readers just starting their career), what are your expectations for working remotely? Is being able to work from home a deal-breaker?
Some people might think it’s crazy that Google created a 20% program that allows its developers to spend 20% of their workday on a creative project of their own —but, not me. I’m a huge believer in encouraging and rewarding team member creativity!
Cracking the code on company culture can be tough. And, once you’ve got a good culture rolling, the last thing you want is for that culture to be tarnished by “bad apples” or team members who are bucking the flow.
Whether you left your last retreat feeling closer to your colleagues or you left feeling like you wasted your time, the bottom line is quality collaboration starts with a focus on individual motivation so forget everything you know about team building.
“If you’re selling a product, you’re now selling trust.” I read that in a recent HBR article on the topic of cybersecurity and how it’s now putting trust at the center of competition. Read that sentence again. Cybersecurity is making trust a differentiator in business.
Unless you’re a real, true unicorn, there’s so much more that goes into a product or service finding longevity than just “building it.” Perhaps the most important factor? Sales. Sales execution, to be exact.
I want you to think back to the last time you started a new job. What was the onboarding process like? Did you shadow a colleague to learn the day-to-day? Did you sit at a kiosk and watch a training video? Did someone hand you a big file folder of printed documents to read at your leisure? Maybe you had no onboarding at all?
We get it – everyone is busy. We go to work and we are chained to our desks (or today: our laptops and iPhones) with mounds of work to get through and we form routines and things eventually become mundane and ultimately boring. Things don’t have to be this way, though.
Peanut butter and jelly. Bacon and eggs. Ozzie and Harriet. (Kim and Kanye, for my Millennial friends) … I bet you could name at least five more things that are just not quite as amazing without the other. But, I doubt “residential” and “commercial” would be the first two words that come to mind.