Will AI spare leadership?

First, the good news: your new CEO is selfless and honest, has not gone power-crazy, and is not surrounded by political sycophants. Your new CEO is data hungry, reads and responds to every email within the hour, and always asks for input from across the business. Your...

Breathe excitement into mind-numbing work

Many organizations have it all wrong. They don’t just need to motivate their people. They need to stop demotivating them. If you’ve seen the results of recent research you know the typical workplace needs a major overhaul. In fact, multiple studies show that the...

Purpose at work

The why of our behaviours is a more powerful story that the how. Both philosophy and empirical research suggest that the higher our level of interpretation or construal, the more we will stick with it when the going gets hard. Think about this in the context of trying...

Make work engaging again

Last week, I talked about this topic with Sarah Green Carmichael for HBR’s IdeaCast. SGC: So, no one sets out to be the kind of manager who is – whose employees do not feel alive at work. No one sets out to be a soul-sucking manager. So, how does it happen and why do...

Engagement and being awesome on your job

I don’t know the magic formulas that consulting firms use to define ‘disengagement’. Companies like Deloitte and Gallup tell us that 70% of employees are not engaged, but I don’t know whether we need to take it with a grain of salt. I can tell you that many, many of...