Steve Jobs and Motivation

In his book titled Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson describes the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of Steve Jobs. The picture Isaacson draws is not of a man who builds motivated people.

Jobs is described as a man who cared most about perfectionism and control; a man driven by demons who could drive those around him [...]

Brain Science and Changing People

Most people assume that executives can go to a presentation or be exposed to models, and if they understand those models, the logic and reasoning, they will be able to apply the needed changes.

Brain science says otherwise.

In the last ten years neuroscientists discovered that there are two very different systems in the brain: one for [...]

Can People's Personality Change?

Janet inherited her team from a previous director who managed the department for over ten years. As a director, she had the expectation that she would invest her time in promoting the department and in strategic issues, but instead she felt she was drawn into the nitty-gritty of production. “My team is downright lazy. I [...]

Giving Organizations Access to Their Potential

“The most important thing right now is to redefine roles in a way that serves our sales efforts. I can understand the need to be involved as an owner…we need to serve the business with our strengths and that starts with looking at things soberly.” (COO, manufacturing industry)

Bill has been with the company for over [...]

Pushing Change Through

Adobe organization to optimize the enterprise customer journey. Typically, organizational change efforts cannot guarantee success. In this case the criteria for success was a transformation, noticeable by direct reports and indirect internal clients. [...]

Dr. Seuss and Team Dynamics

Change their programming and you’ll give people more effective strategies to get exactly what they want instead of living in an unhealthy [...]

Alice’s Adventures in Managementland

How skilled are your people when it comes responding to [...]