Team Building for Toddlers

Sent: August 8th From: CEO To: Extended Management Team Subject: Leadership Retreat To all, I’m very excited to share the agenda for our leadership retreat coming up in two weeks. First of all, our destination is a total score! We were able to schedule this … Read more

Team Dynamics: Pissed-Off Posse

Sent: March 5, 6:00 a.m. From: Cindy, CEO To: Karen, Chief Strategy Officer; Steve, Chief Operations Officer Subject: Leveling the Playing Field Steve and Karen, Good morning, you two. Hey, so I have been thinking about next week’s strategic planning session. I know you both … Read more

Hiring: Red Staplers

Sent: September 17, 8:00 a.m. From: Diana, Director of Human Resources To: Joe, Founder & CEO Subject: Sam Joe, I know you think the world of Sam, and he’s been with the company for going on twenty years, but this is literally the fourteenth position … Read more

Hiring: Day One Dilemma

First Day at Large Technology Company in Redmond, Washington Nancy had just started her new position as a mid-level executive in the marketing division at Large Technology Company after going through a two-month recruiting and interviewing process. She interviewed with over ten different people and … Read more

We Love You, You’re Hired

Sent: July 25, 11:30 p.m. From: CEO To: Executive Team Subject: Jim’s Interview Hi, everyone. Thanks for taking the time to interview Jim McDonald this afternoon. He comes highly recommended by our board for the VP of Sales position. I know he’s the first and … Read more

Hiring: It’s OK Just This Once

Notes for an upcoming book on leadership from the desk of the tone-deaf leader: When hiring, way too much value is placed on values. (Ohh, that’s a great title! Man, I’m so clever!) This seems to be the new buzzword, but frankly, it’s completely overrated. … Read more