Amazon Prime, Amazon Prime Now, Uber, Blue Apron, Netflix, ‘on demand’ this and ‘on demand’ that… We live in a time where we can access almost anything we want by simply reaching into our pockets and connecting to the internet. But have you ever taken a moment to pause and ask, “what is the cost of all this convenience?” From a financial perspective, Amazon Prime members spend an average of $1300 per year (Amazon has 90 million subscribers), Blue Apron subscribers spend about
The Millennial Workforce
Most organizations right now are trying to figure out how to attract and keep millennials. According to research from PWC, millennials will make up 50% of the workforce by 2020. What makes this difficult for organizations is they face the same decision point I faced after my race last fall. They can blame the workforce itself for changing or they can ‘revamp their training’ to face new challenges. Regardless of how much the workplace is changing it’s
Leadership and Self-Deception – The Arbinger institute — Along with it’s sequel “The Anatomy of Peace” this is perhaps my favorite book(s) of all time. This book takes the reader through a difficult self evaluation that shows us how we view other people. If you can make it to the end without having your feelings hurt you will start to see people on the same level as you regardless of their position or title. It can be a difficult read depending on your current view of people,
There’s a shortage of good leaders… and employees know it. Lots of people want to get into leadership positions. And many are willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen. I have always believed that those anxious to hold these positions will generally be focused on the positives of the promotion, e.g. opportunity to grow, execute on strategies, develop people, expand their influence, get results etc. Or they will be focused on the more selfish aspects of a promotion, e.
I try to be consistent in my efforts to become a strong runner. I’ve competed in several marathons, ultra-marathons and Ironman triathlon events but have never really considered myself a true “runner”. Maybe it’s because I have a brother who qualifies for Boston almost as easily as he ties up his Nike’s. Or maybe it’s because I have never felt that “runner high” that avid runners claim to crave and enjoy. This fall, after a poor showing at a race, I re-motivated myself to bec
If you have been in almost any type of management or leadership position, you have likely said or heard another leader say the following about an employee. “They don’t want to be here”, “They are so lazy” or the nails-on-a-chalkboard worst “I shouldn’t have hired them”. Early in my career as a leader, I had some of these same thoughts. Thankfully I learned all at once these are just excuses for poor leadership. I had an employee who was consistently underperforming. In spite