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Leading from home during the coronavirus lockdown

By Dr. William Seidman | March 17, 2020 |

Two of my children are in a Covid-19-driven “work-from-home” situation but are expected to continue to lead their teams as though they were still working in their facilities. They both...

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Focus on what's good – even great – about your company

Focus on what's good – even great – about your company

By Michael McCauley Often when a company's leadership decides that changes are needed, the intense focus is on what's wrong. What's right and good is often undervalued. You might expect that this negative focus is a good thing for advanced strategic management, because isn't acknowledging...
Social intelligence and the biology of leadership

Social intelligence and the biology of leadership

By William Seidman Daniel Goleman is a cochair of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations, based at Rutgers' Grad School of Applied and Professional Psychology. Richard Boyatzis is the H.R. Horvitz Chair of Family Business and a prof. in the depts of...
Read this before wasting time on an organizational assessment

Read this before wasting time on an organizational assessment

By William Seidman Organizational assessments are practically a given. Why wouldn't you want to methodically inventory what works and what doesn't and, then, what to do about it - planning how to get from "What Is" to "What We Want"? The fundamental building block of...
The power of emotional connection in learning

The power of emotional connection in learning

By William Seidman David Brooks is writing a book on "neuroscience and sociology" and is interested in the science (and mechanics) of learning. I heard him speak at the Aspen Institute - you can hear his talk here. Some of his points re learning: emotional...
Add value: Create "best practices" (because people don't know what they don't know)

Add value: Create "best practices" (because people don't know what they don't know)

By William Seidman I run into a paradox in my work helping companies define and create "best practices." People often want to plunge in - try something - without any planning. When I push back they say they will create a best practice once they...
Transforming good managers into leaders

Transforming good managers into leaders

 

Bill and the Japanese team

By William Seidman How do we transform an organization's good managers into real leaders? I've done this in East Asia, South America, and the UK. Now I'm in Japan. We're doing these sessions in Japanese...
The teaching method called "creative disruption"

The teaching method called "creative disruption"

By RG The way the US school system educates our kids is basically flawed. We spend more per child ($9000) than nearly every other country, but our results are comparatively poor. How can this be? An article by Clayton Christensen (he wrote The Innovator's Dilemma),...
The retiring knowledge worker problem and the loss of critical knowledge

The retiring knowledge worker problem and the loss of critical knowledge

By William Seidman Are a lot of your company's best people approaching retirement? The prospect of losing expertise at a high rate can be more than a little frightening. We get numerous inquiries about this. Not many organizations take this seriously enough to fund programs...
New behaviors take more than 6 weeks to "stick"

New behaviors take more than 6 weeks to "stick"

By RG Bill Seidman and I were working with IT people inside a large corporation. The told us upfront that IT had a bad reputation in the company and was held in poor regard by the business units. How to solve this? Background: the IT...