October 30, 2017 // 0 Comments
Hugging And Spanking In The Moment My first job out of college was at small software development company. After a year of working there it was finally time for my first performance review. Being a feedback junky, I was very excited for this event. The night before I had trouble sleeping, I arrived early to work, and was sitting in the conference room well ahead of my three bosses. When they entered the room, I could tell that something was amiss. Instead of hearing how great my performance was, they proceeded to rip me a new one. Turns out that they had been withholding some critical feedback about my performance and it came to a head in this meeting. The sad thing was, it was something so easy to correct…
September 25, 2017 // 0 Comments
Conversation Starters – Are You Missing Great Hires
Are you missing great hires by focusing on weaknesses?
September 13, 2017 // 0 Comments
Conversation Starters-Organizational Chart
Is your organizational chart upside? Don’t lose focus on your customers. Practice agile leadership in an agile environment. Brian Rabon asks,” Is your organizational chart upside down?”.
September 3, 2017 // 0 Comments
Conversation Starters-Performance Reviews
In this week’s Conversation Starters, Brian Rabon asks, “Are you delivering feedback in the moment?”. Watch this video to find out how an Agile leader approaches giving feedback. Isn’t it time your company became more agile? Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.
August 28, 2017 // 0 Comments
Processes Bogging You Down?
In this week’s Conversation Starters, Brian Rabon asks, “Are your processes bogging you down?”. Watch this video to find out how to handle this issue. Isn’t it time your company became more agile? Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.
August 24, 2017 // 0 Comments
Brian Rabon discusses why most vision statements don’t work.
In our ongoing video series, Founder Brian Rabon addresses some of the most pressing issues that separate traditional management from truly Agile Leadership. This week, Brian is taking on the idea of vision statements. Is your vision statement something that your team can truly understand and get behind?
July 10, 2017 // 0 Comments
Want A Great Culture? Make Your Values Actionable – Part 4
The final posting of our series on how to make your values actionable is about rating performance. Most companies rate performance based on pre-determined criteria by their HR department. While the effectiveness of this practice can be debated; it isn’t typically connected to your company’s values. So how do we bridge the gap between rating individual performance and adherence to values? It’s time to examine a new tool you may not be familiar with. We run our organization with something called the Entrepreneurial Operating System® or EOS for short. EOS’s creator, a guy named Gino Wickman, came up with a clever way to rate performance based on alignment with values. He has encapsulated this practice into a tool called the People Analyzer. As you can see in the example we…
May 10, 2017 // 0 Comments
Want A Great Culture? Make Your Values Actionable – Part 3
Want A Great Culture? Make Your Values Actionable – Part 3 So far in this series we have explored two techniques for making our values actionable: Hiring and firing by values Guiding behavior by empowering our team to make values-based decisions You might be thinking, what happens when the wheels come off the bus and we fail to live up to our values? You might be surprised how fast your culture can erode when a key leader fails to live up to one or more of your values. The other day we made a big mistake… We added a Certified Agile Leader® class in a new and untested market, New York City. At first, we started to get some traction, to our surprise 3 people signed-up rather quickly. Then as…
April 10, 2017 // 0 Comments
Want A Great Culture? Make Your Values Actionable – Part 2
When you make your values actionable they come alive and become the foundation for your organization’s culture. Today we will explore the common trap most organizations fall into and how you can avoid it and promote your values at the same time. For many years, I worked at a large insurance company. There was an inside joke that you weren’t officially an employee until the human resources (HR) department had created a policy or procedure because of one of your actions. For example; one of our friends decided to bring their George Forman grill to work one day. An innocent grilled cheese ended with a call to the fire department and a burnt cubicle wall. Days later HR published a new policy that outlawed all small appliances in our cubicles….
March 10, 2017 // 0 Comments
Want A Great Culture? Make Your Values Actionable – Part 1
Want A Great Culture? Make Your Values Actionable – Part 1 So you have a great set of authentic values, now what? It’s not enough to simply list your values and hang them on the wall. If you do this they will be meaningful for a moment and then that moment will pass. Without action your values will grow dusty and less meaningful over time. In this series, we are going to examine ways to make your values actionable so that they are at the forefront of developing and protecting your values. Part 1 – Hire and Fire by Values You have heard the phrase… “One bad apple can spoil the bunch”. I am sure you have met someone who just didn’t seem to belong; this individual was probably disruptive,…