Divorce and Separation in the Workplace

If we assume for a moment that the average employee starts their professional career in their early 20s, then it is safe to say an overwhelming majority, during their time in the organization, will pass through at least three of the four major “life passages” that typically occur from our 20s to our 50s. And it’s important to the employer and employee relationship that the employer is there to support and assist the employee appropriately through these transitions. That is what the great employer does.

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The 3-level Theory of Performance

‘Always over-deliver. This is how I won five Olympic gold medals,’ says Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci. As Leonardo da Vinci famously said, “ Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.” Anything in life can be made horribly complex. Over-engineered. Confused and complicated. And this certainly is true for how individual performance is assessed. I have seen all kinds of matrices, grids, tables and complex readings. Abominations created to make a simple task more complicated. But the evaluation systems that work best, and make the most sense, always seem to boil down to three levels of performance. Three, and only three!

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The Gutless Leadership Model

Several weeks ago, I outlined three significant achievements of the Trump presidency. In the spirit of balance, it is important to acknowledge when good work has been done. In that column, I also alluded to the fact that the questions of character and leadership would be dealt with in a subsequent column. So here we are. To many people, a title of “gutless leadership” sounds more of an oxymoron than anything else. How can “gutless leadership” make any sense? Leadership is all about courage and honor.

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What Trump Got Right

The polarization of the American electorate has seemingly become every political writer’s “go-to” topic these days. It’s all doom and gloom. As David French writes in his recent article for The Atlantic: “When even good-faith voices find themselves so diametrically, emotionally opposed — unable to step into the other side’s shoes — then we know the polarization and division are deeply embedded into the current American DNA.”

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Solving Issues always Starts with Confronting Painful Realities

Instead of looking in the mirror and confronting the reality, it becomes a game of positioning and trying to find ‘spin’ — to lie to themselves. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is widely considered one of the most effective treatment programs for alcoholism. It’s a 12-step program that has stood the test of time for 83 years.

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