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John Beck - Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Too Much or Too Little

Imbalances exist in where people put their attention. We asked people where they spent too much or too little attention during their workday, and found people often focus on things that can distract from the goal at hand. To get everyone back on the same page, organizations need to look at what’s driving their people crazy, and what could stand a little more attention. Attention is scarce in today’s business world. But where is too much or too little attention currently paid? We asked 1, .. More...

John Beck - Tuesday, August 03, 2010

The Road to Passion

What drives passion in an employee depends on a lot of things. Specifically, the size of one’s organization and the level one has achieved in that organization can affect what will make someone more passionate. Different situations require different “passion drivers,” which can be the key to unlocking your organization’s potential A Lack of Passion Companies are always looking for a competitive edge. They actually need look no further than their own employees. There’s a lot of unclaimed  .. More...

John Beck - Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Is Your Boss Really Leading

A significant number of managers and executives don’t see their bosses as likable or approachable, which affects the ability of organizations to focus on work that really matters. In order to know whether their vision is being implemented, leaders need to first assess how their managers perceive them. Are they seen as merely ogres, or as people who have what it takes to lay it on the line while showing care and respect for their people? Let’s Hear it for the Boss? When our nationwide ran .. More...

John Beck - Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Accentuate the Positive

If you suspect things just aren’t clicking in your organization, your managers may be suffering from too much negative attention. Negative attention can reduce productivity and cost your company lots of money in the long run. Finding out what is causing this negative attention and reevaluating your organization’s processes around it can make all the difference between a focused and productive workforce and a distracted and bitter one Positively Stunning! You know your company’s managers  .. More...

John Beck - Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Expect the Best

How do managers really feel about their organizations? Executives and managers differ on the effectiveness of the organization’s leadership, and understanding those differences is the key to unlocking hidden potential. Managers need a vision from those above them and need to be recognized for their contributions. One bright spot—managers trust those around them and feel they can produce great things, if only leadership would set a clear agenda Great Expectations People expect a lot from  .. More...

John Beck - Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Killing Them Softly

Is your organization slowly draining the life out of your managers? Executives and managers perceive how their organizations are serving their people quite differently, and understanding those differences is the key to unlocking hidden potential. For managers to be more productive, they need to feel a sense of commitment and sincerity from those above them, with work that challenges them to bring out their best. One thing everyone can agree on is that change is standard operating procedure,  .. More...

John Beck - Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Making Managers Into Dynamos

Every person brings their own kind of energy to work. Our recent survey shows four broad “energy clusters” of managerial-level employees within a company — each cluster is characterized by a different degree of enthusiasm for their work. Not surprisingly, the more energetic a person is, the more productive. That’s why it is important to identify what the different clusters are, determine who belongs where, and then redesign organizations based on that information. You’ve seen it in your  .. More...

John Beck - Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Downturn Or Down Decade

Today’s slow economy might be just a temporary downturn. But the inexorable force of demographics may instead be pushing us into a decade of no growth. That doesn’t mean no profits—American business has handled this before. But it does mean the principles and expectations that most leaders count on will have to change. Ignoring a Tidal Wave The 19th century sociologist August Comte said that demographics are destiny. Though most of us haven’t realized it yet, our destiny has begun to shi .. More...

John Beck - Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Greatest Goods of Asia

John Beck’s book tour around Asia made him question his stereotypes of the countries and peoples of Asia. Here’s why... I was in Bangkok, on the last night of a whirlwind 8 - country/8 - day book promoting tour in Asia. I had been meeting potential students for Hult International Business School when I was momentarily distracted. I looked up at numbers that had been projected on a screen, and I was carried away in a kind of analytical reverie. Maybe the numbers meant nothing — well, stat .. More...

John Beck - Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Welcome

Welcome! I’ve been prompted to join the blogosophere, and I’m excited to connect with people through this forum. I’m currently writing a book titled, The Eight Great Goods. As I’m writing and researching, I’m interested in provoking thought and discussion on the premise of the book. What if our biggest disagreements in life occur despite people trying to be good? What if we are all trying to be good – but in different ways? I have conducted 2,000  .. More...