Working for a Family Business Some of us work in big corporations; others of us in small corporations; and some are employed by family businesses. I want to focus on some of the particular challenges employees of family businesses face. That is, employees of the firm who are not part of the family which owns the business. Some family businesses are great If you’ve been lucky, you’ve worked in a family business in which both ‘family’ and ‘busin...

Conflicting Orders—Refuse the Project In the last post, you asked your boss Sean’s permission to go ahead with a cross-silo project. He was either angry or gave you a chance. Problem is you don’t know which one it will be before the fact. Wouldn’t it be best to avoid undertaking the project completely, given you know that Sean is lukewarm to the idea? What kind of risk are you taking? You presumably know Sean to some extent. You’ve seen his re...

Conflicting Orders—Ask Your Boss Your CEO (Danvers) gave a rousing speech about breaking down silos. In the last post, you and your buddy Ethan from another section decided to go ahead with a cross-silo project. Your boss (Sean) did not react well. Given this, should you have asked him first even though you think he would have said no? Let’s see what happens. If your boss is kind of a shit Sean: What did I tell you after the staff meeting? You...

Conflicting Orders—Follow the Big Boss In the last post, you went to an inspiring all-staff meeting where the CEO, Ms. Danvers, encouraged everyone to work across silos to create greater team work. You think it’s a great idea although your boss Sean seems neutral. But your buddy Ethan from another unit (silo) of the company is also enthusiastic and suggests you work together on a great new app. You really believe in the CEO’s message so you ag...

You can be Caught by Conflicting Orders You’ve just come from an all-staff meeting. The CEO seems great. She’s all fired up about a new approach to teamwork which encourages employees to work across silos to share expertise and resources. You’re eager to give it a try. You’re walking back from the meeting with your boss, Sean. You: Boy, that was a great, don’t you think? Sean: Yeah, sure, Angela. You: I mean, we need to break down silos across...

Introduction to the Dark Side
/ April 29, 2016

There are three posts which explain the dark side, The Dark Side of Work Revealed What are the Undercurrents of the Dark Side? Does your company have undercurrents? Read these three posts first if you are new to the site.

The Honest One
/ August 4, 2015

About This book is both a novel and essays about work life. In the novel, David is a young man intent on moving up in the company, Protech, which designs security systems. To do this, he steals an idea for a new product from a junior employee and sells it to senior management as his own. The idea takes off but David has to constantly having to do questionable things to keep his status as golden boy. He spies on another colleague for ...

The 9.17% Solution
/ August 4, 2015

About BOTH A NOVEL AND A BUSINESS BOOK This book has two parts. The first is a novel set in the company Summit, a very large consulting firm trying to recover from a devastating and very public scandal. It has become a pariah, the new tobacco. The best people have fled and it draws in those who are looking to cash in on its weakened state. With few qualifications and fewer morals, Jamie wrangles his way in, aiming for the top with as...

Creating the Innovation Culture
/ August 4, 2015

About Creating the Innovation Culture gives managers practical strategies and hands-on advice for encouraging and managing innovation. This may mean actually encouraging dissent, which is the source of innovation, while avoiding too much conflict, which can paralyze a workplace. • Identifies how to encourage dissent and innovation • Illustrates how managers can inadvertently stifle dissent • Explains how to recognize when healthy dis...

Managing Knowledge Workers
/ August 4, 2015

About Managing Knowledge Workers provides practical, doable strategies for managing, motivating, and retaining knowledge workers, without breaking the bank. Managing Knowledge Workers focuses not just on understanding the value of knowledge in your organization, but on managing the human side of intellectual capital. • Shows how to use other more powerful levers than money to attract and retain the knowledge workers. • Provides hands...