Month: March 2009

What do employees want during uncertain times?

Business Week’s lead article in the January 19th, 2009 edition, “Managing Through a Crisis,” emphasized that the keys to managing in crisis situations are to take advantage of the opportunities that turmoil provides. The author states that leaders should emphasize the characteristics of “fast reflexes, an aggressive attitude, and serious changes to the status quo.” The focus of the article […]

Executives – Beware the Ides of March

In William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, the Soothsayer forewarns “Beware the Ides of March” to which Caesar remarks “He is a dreamer; let us leave him: pass”. Later he is assassinated. Earlierthis month the government reported that the unemployment rate rose to a 25-year high of 8.1% in February, as employers cut 651,000 jobs from […]

Talent + Practice = Achievement, but Extraordinary Practice Requires Grit

  Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book, Outliers, invites a thoughtful conversation on factors that differentiate those that have achieved greatness, such as the Beatles, Bill Gates and Mozart. Gladwell cites research which shows that besides raw talent, an important factor in those with remarkable achievements is the incredible amount of time that even the most gifted […]