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It's time to kill a common myth: Executives who avoid workplace conflicts get ahead. Instead, their advancement often stalls.
A well-liked senior vice president at a big health-care company lost a key promotion and left in 2012 because he never disagreed with colleagues during meetings. The man's failure to manage conflict derailed his career, recalls David Dotlich, a leadership and succession coach. His research has identified "eagerness to please" as one of the top reasons that executives fail.
It’s a tough world out there. The economic downturn has become our reality and with it the business environment has grown even more complex, more volatile and more uncertain. We're continuously challenged with what seems like contradictory priorities in our efforts to: generate significant growth while managing costs; create a differentiated customer experience, yet reduce the resources needed to serve the customer; maximize technology to gain efficiencies, but retain that personal touch; standardize, yet customize. And all the while, we struggle to determine how to remain relevant in a world that is constantly changing. Welcome to the “new normal”!
I recently saw a television commercial that made quite an impression on me, and I have a hunch that it might go down as one of the most effective advertisements of all time, assuming the company behind it is sincere. I'm talking about Domino's Pizza (DPZ) and the recent ad in which the company concedes the shortcomings of its product and explains what has been done to improve it.
As we approach Christmas, it is natural for us to think of giving, though all too often in material terms. Well, if you're a manager, and you'd like to give your employees something that will outlast any cookie basket or gift certificate or desk accessory you can order on-line, then I have just the thing for you. It is remarkably simple and requires no money. It costs only a little time, and perhaps a bit more courage and vulnerability than managers are sometimes prepared to spend.
Friends, Family and "Cousins" I am glad to report that The Three Signs of a Miserable Job made the New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller lists during these past weeks and month, and I want to thank our friends and family and "cousins" of The Table Group who went out and purchased copies of the book right after it hit the shelves. Your support means a great deal to me and everyone at The Table Group, and we wish we could thank you all individually. In addition to making those lists right out of the gate—something that has never happened with any of our other books—sales seem to be growing.
Last week we met with all of our Consulting Partners from across the country at our 3rd Annual Consulting Partner Conference. During this past year, our Consulting Partners have collectively worked with an amazing 200+ clients, many of you included. At our gathering we shared client stories and best practices, fine-tuned consulting skills and more.
When I was in high school, my mother gave me a copy of the book What Color Is Your Parachute? so that I could start thinking about what kind of career would be most suitable for me one day. About seven years later, I finally read that book and benefited from it immensely. In addition to helping me find a job more suited to my strengths, it provoked my interest in career counseling—a hobby that I dabble in today. However, in the past few years I've come to realize that the pursuit of the right career may be a little over-rated.