Wednesday wisdom from Tom Peters

I am a big fan of Tom Peters and I have to admit I am dismayed when I mention his name and people don’t know who he is. In my opinion, he is as influential as a management guru as is Peter Drucker, but then again there is another name many people no longer recognize. …

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A brief lesson from Peter Drucker on picking people repeated

Peter Drucker, management guru extraordinaire, tell the story of General George C. Marshall, who had a remarkable record of putting people in the right job at the right time during World War II. Marshall appointed approximately 600 people into positions, most had never commanded troops, and he ended up almost without a failure. Why was …

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From the Archive: Do you have the habit that makes people successful?

As I wander through bookstores in New York City, I thought I would bring this blog post back that deals with the habit of reading. In his article 10 Habits of Ultra Successful People: The Secret Sauce to Success, Charley Mendoza divulges to us what has made Bill Gates, Elon Much, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Cuban …

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Networking is NOT just about outside connections or finding a new job: A replay

Two things prompted this replay. First, Tom Peters has a new book out named the Excellence Dividend. I will have more on it in the weeks to come. The second thing was that #SHRM18 is just under two months away, and since this post was prompted by Steve Browne, I thought that this would be …

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From the archive: The importance of having the right supervisor

I have been receiving emails from workers who have read my blogs asking me what they can do about a horrible supervisor. That prompted this repeat of a post from 2016/ As a long time HR practitioner I have learned that most companies get in trouble not for what HR does or for what employees …

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From the Archive: HR and the Art of Nudgery

This post was written originally in April of 2014. I think this is as important today as it was then. If you “nudge” someone you move them just slightly. It is generally done as a reminder or a way to alter behavior, as when my wife nudges me in the middle of the night because …

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From the Archive: The importance of reading to your personal well-being and development

There is a discussion on my Facebook page about whether or not men read. I had to repost this. I think reading is critical to your personal development. So does Tom Peters.   I am not going to go on a tirade here about reading. It is important. Here is an excerpt from Tom Peter’ …

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From the Archive: The incredible importance of “Thank you”

I am taking some time off for the Thanksgiving Holiday. So I selected this post from earlier in the year.  My friend Paul Hebert and I frequently disagree on issues surrounding engagement and motivation. When Paul leaves a comment on a blog post I pay attention. He is one smart guy who has been specializing …

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Listening- The #1 Core Competency?

Tom Peters, in his book The Little Big Things, list listening as the 112th of 163 things that are important. Peters goes through a long list of what listening is. Listening is, among other points: The ultimate mark of Respect The heart and soul of Engagement The basis for true collaboration The basis of community …

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One easy step to solving your cross-functional problems

Being in HR can potentially be an isolating experience, if you let it. As a result of this isolation problems of communication can develop resulting in work not getting done, goals not being achieved or solutions not being developed. Management guru Tom Peters offers a simple solution to this. He says DO LUNCH. In his …

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