If you are looking for a sustainable initiative to build competitive advantage, look no further than the culture of continuous improvement. Companies that do not continually improve will fall behind. Those that do continuously improve will win the competitive race in the long run.
Does your company have too many chiefs?
When I see staff organization titles like chief knowledge officer, chief visioning officer, chief sustainability officer, chief strategy officer and chief innovation officer, I wonder why these areas aren’t the responsibility of existing positions within the company. I also wonder about the lack of ownership by the line organization of the initiatives developed by staff “chiefs.”
Is invasive tracking of worker productivity returning us to sweatshops of the past?
Invasive monitoring of employee productivity is the antithesis of continuous improvement, which empowers employees and helps them develop a sense of ownership in what they do. A workforce that participates in setting their metrics and improving workflow processes will outperform a workforce treated like cogs in a wheel.
What was the board thinking reinstating CEO of Better.com?
Can a CEO who was asked to step down by the board due to their toxic leadership traits ever return to that position and be successful? Can trust and confidence in their leadership be established? Can talented and experienced people be recruited?
No, Mr. Shkreli, price-gouging customers is not taught in MBA class
Business schools that teach to maximize shareholder value but don’t emphasize the importance of ethics, integrity and the need to be a good corporate citizen are shortchanging their students and the companies they will work for.
Diversity is important for board effectiveness
When joining a board, I often wonder why the incumbent directors had exercised tunnel vision and ignored an issue. A diverse board will lessen the likelihood of this occurring.
How to develop a high-employee engagement culture at your business
Employee engagement is a source of competitive advantage. Empower your direct reports. Help them develop a sense of ownership in what they do. Set expectations, jointly establish goals and cut them loose to do their thing. Hold them accountable for results.
The unintended consequences of Amazon’s forced attrition goals
The last thing you want is for employees to feel as if they are competing with each other. It reduces trust and collaboration among team members. It’s not productive for employees to widely dislike such a cutthroat cultural norm.
How Saxbys trains future business leaders
Bayer has a keen focus on education and opportunity. This is exemplified by Saxbys’ having undergraduate students exclusively manage and run cafés.
How entrepreneur Nicole Marquis of HipCityVeg navigates the pandemic
Marquis has created a culture in which her employees feel a sense of ownership in what they do, and they are as dedicated to the success of the business.
Don’t tell me it can’t be done – find a way to do it!
And remember, when you hear from employees that something can’t be done, respond with, “Don’t tell me it can’t be done. Find a way to do it.”
Leaders: What is your legacy?
A legacy can be a value system, moral compass or set of principles on how to lead one’s life that can inspire others. It is one of the most important things we can leave for the next generation.