Don’t be a Know-it-All

Satya Nadella (CEO of Microsoft) has said: "being a learn-it-all is better than being a know-it-all." Unfortunately, a lot of people truly do NOT know how to learn. In the 21st century, people are more reactionary than thoughtful, reasoned, and contemplative.  This is a "tide" that will damage business'...

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Continuous Improvement Teaches Thinking

Continuous Improvement is an ongoing effort to improve.  The improvement might be to a product or service, or in one's own abilities.  Improvement can be incremental or come rapidly in a "breakthrough." Not only is continuous improvement an important skill to have at work, but it...

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How Apprenticeships and Teaching Thinking go Hand-in-Hand

If I were to ask you to picture a cell phone - would you picture a baseball sized item, battleship grey, with a silver antenna you had to pull out of the top? Of course not. That is a cell phone of yesteryear. Yet when we mention the word "apprenticeship" to organizations or individuals, the most frequent reaction is, "Oh, that's not for us/me; apprenticeships are for manufacturing, hands-on labor, blue-collar jobs." Not so! Those are apprenticeships of yesteryear. Welcome to the new era of apprenticeships - they just might save your organization. On June 29th President Trump signed an Executive Order - Apprenticeship and Workforce of Tomorrow - to expand apprenticeships in the US.  The goal is 5 million apprenticeships in the next 5 years (currently there are 450,000 registered apprenticeships in America).
It shall be the policy of the Federal Government to provide more affordable pathways to secure, high paying jobs by promoting apprenticeships and effective workforce development programs.
According to the Department of Labor, companies in all sectors of the American economy are facing complex workforce challenges and increasingly competitive domestic and global markets. Apprenticeships are one key to helping people who have been left behind by shifts in the economy and how work is done.

The Success of Apprenticeships

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Do YOU Have 30 Years to Wait to Develop Leaders at Your Company?

Organizational Development research tells us that it takes 30 years of on-the-job experience for someone to acquire enough well-rounded skills to be a successful leader. In addition to on-the-job experience, it is important to have experience in numerous areas of business. Hence time on-the-job + exposure to many areas of business = a C-level individual with the perspective needed to run an organization. But thirty years? Who has that kind of time?
Here are a few profiles of organizational leaders who have been on that 30 year journey:
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