How to Avoid Hiring Bad Employees

Am Ex Open Forum
April 12, 2016

Research by Manfred Kets de Vries, professor of leadership at graduate business school INSEAD, estimates that approximately 3.9 percent of corporate professionals may have antisocial tendencies. These potentially bad employees may be difficult to spot in an interview because they may hide behind a facade of charm that can impress and lead to an instant rapport .

35 Organizations Lead the World in Creating Engaging Cultures

April 13, 2016

Truly engaged workplaces are rare. Gallup research shows that worldwide, just 13% of employees are engaged in their jobs — they are involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work, coworkers and workplace. The remaining 87% of employees are either not engaged or indifferent — or even worse, are actively disengaged and potentially hostile — to their organizations.

“It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.”  Warren Buffett

Five Decision-Making Lessons From Great Leaders


Decisiveness is a characteristic that always comes to mind when we think of great leaders. Over the past 30 plus years I’ve had the privilege of working with some great leaders as well as some leaders I’d kindly define as “not so great.” Effective decision making is possibly the most important trait that differentiates the great from the mediocre.   I’d like to share five decision making patterns I’ve learned from working with some of my favorite leaders.  Regardless of where you are in your life or career, good decisions lead to a better life experience. It’s a skill worth understanding.

Warren Buffet: Increase Your Lifetime Earnings by 50% by Improving One Skill

Biz Journals
March 11, 2016

I’m a bit of a research geek. But it’s been my observation that even when something is compelling and relevant to our lives, sometimes it’s just not enough to move us to action. Consider the following statistics:

About 84 percent of business professionals believe that communicating with a solid level of clarity and confidence directly impacts their career and income. That’s according to a January 2014 Distinction Communication survey.

Most Important Leadership Competencies

Harvard Business Review
March 15, 2016

What makes an effective leader? This question is a focus of my research as an organizational scientist, executive coach, and leadership development consultant. Looking for answers, I recently completed the first round of a study of 195 leaders in 15 countries over 30 global organizations. Participants were asked to choose the 15 most important leadership competencies from a list of 74.