Skip to content

Posts tagged ‘Marcia Moran’

The Micromanagement Death Spiral

You recently landed your dream job and you feel fantastic! Now, you've figured out how to make an important project sing. After mocking up the idea, you head happily to the boss' office. And then... ZAP! Your manager rips the feelings and pride and excitement from your chest as she utters disgustedly, "That is NOT how I told you to do it!"

Read more

Can Companies Be Self-aware?

In my mind... yes. Those that have a high degree of self-awareness build the strongest brands and have ultra-dedicated employees who, in turn, build a large customer base of raving fans. Think Apple, Amazon, Zingerman's, and Zappos. These companies' market dominance begins with leadership, a strong sense of purpose, and some very deliberate decisions that enable them to get 'the right people on the bus.'

Read more

Focus, Discipline, and Grit: Hallmarks of Great Leaders

That successful entrepreneurs have to be gritty is not news. Tenacity and perseverance enable founders to accomplish goals that may take years to achieve. People who start businesses that endure surmount a host of challenges (like wondering how to generate enough cash to keep the doors open and also feed themselves) along the way.

Read more

Self-aware Companies Win… BIG

The Gallup Organization has identified some interesting flaws in modern economic theory. Research indicates that false assumptions about human behavior have generated serious discrepancies between accepted theory and why people buy. The delta between the two makes a difference between companies who win and those who fail, or at best, accept mediocrity.

Read more

What If the Unemployment Rate Were 70%?

Sadly, this statistic applies to some segments of the population. This week an article by John Kelly of the Washington Post reported discrimination in the housing market as it applies to people with service animals. A test by the Equal Rights Center revealed that about 1/3 of rental properties in the Metro DC area discriminate against people with guide dogs. Claims range from lack of availability to charging a higher rent to include the dog.

Read more

The Meaning of Lifecycle

The debate about whether strategy or structure should come first is not a new one. And yet, I would say that the discussion is not material. The majority of companies I've observed experience a disconnect between their key strategy and structure… and completely miss the magnitude of how company and industry lifecycles factor into their potential for survival and long-term success.

Read more

Intent Shapes Corporate Self-awareness

Does your mission statement inspire people... or is it just a piece of paper that hangs in the lobby in a fancy frame? A few simple steps take you vision statement, mission statement, and values from from lifeless documents to the inspiration that breathes the very life into your company.

Read more

Positive Business DC Advocates Well-being in the Workplace

Positive Business DC is a group of like-minded professionals applying the science behind positive psychology, neuroscience, and neuroleadership to foster well-being in the workplace. We believe that how well one takes care of the people within an organization drives competitiveness and profitability, and that well-being can be taught. Learn how you can become part of our community.

Read more

Bates Creative Group: To Ignition Point and Beyond

I knew that Bates Creative Group had established something marvelous the first time I walked through the door. The company's 'specialness' comes from a community-based culture that a lot of contemporary organizations talk about but a rare few achieve. Founder Debbie Bates-Schrott has deliberately formed and nurtured an authentic work environment in which:

Read more

Brainstorming Gets a Bum Rap

Neuroscientific discovery shows that people share emotions. Even though we often view disagreement as a negative and do whatever we can to avoid confrontation, the ability to laugh at ourselves and have fun at work helps keep things on a positive track. You can creatively address uncomfortable situations without destroying relationships. Surprisingly, the direct approach often improves morale.

Read more