How Is Your Organization Rewarding Behavior At Work?

In a recent interview with General James Mattis, he shared what he learned as a leader in the military. He highlighted the importance of trust, calling it the “coin of the realm” in leadership.  And Mattis also spoke about promoting those who demonstrate the behaviors that an organization needs to be successful. One particular quote caught my attention, “Any organization gets the behavior that it rewards”, according to General Mattis. It immediately made me think about many of the behavior challenges with which organizations are dealing and the importance of rewarding effective behavior at work.

What are the rewards for effective behavior?  (more…)

Looking Up!

Where are you placing your focus and how is it serving you? As the year winds down it is an excellent time to consider shifting your focus. I was fortunate to go to Florida recently to watch the launch of the Orion spacecraft. It was an exciting week, full of activities and my first visit to the Kennedy Space Center. The accomplishments in space spaceexploration are remarkable! What I was reminded of during this experience is how remarkable we are, as individuals and as a society. We are capable of such greatness! (more…)

Are You Trying to Thrive While Stuck in a Box?

A natural tendency of  human behavior is that we tend to see things and people from our perspective.  How often do we test that perspective and compare it to reality? When it comes to people, how often do we put them in a box?

What I mean by putting people in a box is slapping a label, stereotype, or judgment on people when they do not show up as we would.  When someone behaves in ways that are different from how we would behave, we define them and their behavior, and generally in ways that have more to do with our perspective than reality.  Once we label someone, it can be very difficult for us to see him or her as he or she actually is.  (more…)