The Gift of Time

The holiday season is always a stressful time of year.  At home, you have gift purchases, holiday planning, household cleaning, and travel preparations to do.  At work, the last month of the year is stressful either because you are trying to finish everything before everyone disappears on vacation, or because you have limited work.  If …Read More

Engaging the Brain

Since the 1990s self-paced (asynchronous) online learning has seemed like Camelot for corporate training departments:  It is the mythical, low-cost, low-interference way of training employees to increase productivity or comply with regulations.   Although 90% of companies now use some form of online training, self-paced elearning lags behind other forms of online learning.   Why?  Quite frankly, …Read More

Virtual Celebrations

As Martha and the Vandellas and, later, Van Halen sang, “Summer’s here and the time is right for dancing in the streets!”  The USA, France, Canada, Burundi, the Solomon Islands and 21 other countries celebrate their independence this month.   All these festivities are a good reminder that, as managers, we should also celebrate the achievements …Read More

Hello from the Other Side

In 1960 Douglas McGregor published his seminal business management book The Human Side of Enterprise, in which he identified two basic types of managers: Theory X managers had a negative view of employees and assumed that they were lazy and untrustworthy. Theory Y managers assumed that employees were trustworthy and highly motivated.  If the pandemic has …Read More