HR’s Role in Business Turnarounds

HR’s Role in Business Turnarounds

Many business leaders today are challenged to turn around their businesses due to massive changes in the marketplace. Turnarounds seldom are accomplished by a brilliant individual acting alone; they require the teaming of different resources and efficient, supportive...
Designing The Fast Decision

Designing The Fast Decision

    Legendary General Motors CEO Alfred Sloan at the end of a GM senior executive meeting once said, “Gentlemen, I take it we are all in complete agreement on the decision here,” and everyone nodded their heads in agreement. “Then,” he said, “I propose we...
Cohesion: The Stuff That Binds Teams Together

Cohesion: The Stuff That Binds Teams Together

Vanessa was excited to join as a partner in “Robust,” a new consulting firm that offered innovative approaches to help organizations improve their performance. The 10 members of the new firm each had successful backgrounds that made them strong candidates for the...

Designing for Downturns

As traumatic as economic downturns are, they also offer an invisible silver lining to organizations who have the vision to see it. A downturn can come from any number of different factors and have companies scrambling to keep their heads above the rising flood-waters....
Why Culture Makes The Difference In M&A Success (Or Failure)

Why Culture Makes The Difference In M&A Success (Or Failure)

Research and experience prove the point that failure to assess and successfully integrate organizational cultures positions M&As for failure. Originally published in Inside HR http://www.insidehr.com.au/why-culture-makes-the-difference-in-m&a-success-(or...
First Aid for an Ailing Team

First Aid for an Ailing Team

Tommy Lasorda, the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, once said that his job was to get his players to play for the name on the front of the uniform. Not the one on the back. How do you fix a group of people that need to work together but lacks leadership and trust? Personalities, […]
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Defying the Laws of Groupthink

There are teams…and then there are teams. Each of us knows the challenges and struggles that are inherent in forming a team to do something, whether on the playing field, in a manufacturing facility, or in the corporate headquarters. That’s why my antenna goes up whenever I hear an executive declare, “We need to put […]
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Changing More Than How to Diaper A Baby

My first job in the “real world” was in 1975 at Procter & Gamble’s paper products plant in Albany, Georgia. I was young at the time; so young in fact, I started in Pampers. I was a production team manager for nine technicians who ran Pampers lines 5 & 6. Procter & Gamble had been […]
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Leaders or Bosses

Those at the top of a hierarchy are termed “leaders,” and while the title is respectful, it’s not always accurate. Members of the hierarchy have authority to act, but this does not necessarily make them leaders. What is it that separates real leaders from those who merely have the title “leader?” The best way I’ve […]
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