Ask the Question

Ask the Question

Here’s the challenge for those of you who want to lead. If someone in a meeting says something using jargon that you aren’t sure everyone in the meeting understands but is afraid to admit they don’t understand, ask the question on their behalf. Show them that asking questions is a good thing, and model the behavior that says learning is so important here that we ask questions without fear.

It also sends the message that we expect everyone to take the time and explain things to each other. That’s a big part of having a learning culture.

Linked – With Increased Cybersecurity Awareness, Why Does Phishing Still Work?

Linked – With Increased Cybersecurity Awareness, Why Does Phishing Still Work?

You have to create a culture where everyone is expected to verify information before acting, even when it’s coming from the CEO or Managing Partner.

What are you doing to create an environment where your people feel free to take the time necessary to evaluate the difference between a scam and legitimate communication and the ability to question authority in order to get more information?

Are you Working Harder to Make Up For a Vacation?

Are you Working Harder to Make Up For a Vacation?

If you work somewhere that this is an issue, it might not be you. It could very well be the workplace. A workplace that can’t keep right on rolling when one of the team is on PTO is a workplace that hasn’t planned staffed or done talent development well. A workplace that is truly looking out for the well-being of its employees would not leave anyone in a situation where taking a break is more stressful than not taking one.

The Tech Industry – Which Game Are We Playing?

The Tech Industry – Which Game Are We Playing?

But in other areas of life, that’s not at all how the game works. War, business, education, etc. are not finite games. It’s not clear who all of the competitors are, the rules change and there’s no one “score” that everyone has agreed upon. Maybe most importantly, it doesn’t end at the allocated time, it goes on and on with some of the competitors giving up over time and dropping out of the game.

The problem Simon identifies is that when the game is infinite, but you play it as if it were finite, you end up in a quagmire.

Does the Workplace Have a Role in Our Current Mental Health Crisis?

Does the Workplace Have a Role in Our Current Mental Health Crisis?

So, while I wouldn’t place the blame for all of our anxiety coming from a pandemic, climate, racism, sexism, and violence, I do believe the workplace has a role to play when it comes to supporting the human beings who work for you in dealing with all of that, and a responsibility to not add to it. Unfortunately, I see a lot of leaders who don’t seem to care about either of those things. IMHO, they don’t deserve to have employees.