Ask your staff on a quarterly basis to rate the organization in areas such as accountability, communication and recognition, Chris Hallberg writes. The answers aren't always easy to hear, but you'll learn what's going on and who your next set of leaders might be.
Online businesses are threatening almost every traditional business model, often by being better at serving customers, reducing prices or better utilizing assets, according to this analysis. When faced with disruption, companies need to reconsider the rules and norms of how they operate and declare to all stakeholders how they're going to innovate.
Rely too much on one person's opinion, and the rest of your staff will stop weighing in, writes Steve Keating. "If the person or people around you always agree with your thinking then it's very likely that they are not thinking at all," he argues.
Ray Edwards' Parkinson's disease diagnosis made him realize how many of his supposed priorities he was putting off because of behavioral patterns he was following. "The doors of destiny are not locked but are often held shut by the chains of habit," he writes.
Janie Goddard, president of JADAK, a manufacturer of barcode scanners and machine-vision cameras, says her years as a middle-school teacher helped shape her leadership style. "As a new leader, relate to the person in front of you and figure out: How do I need to behave to get the best out of them?" she says.
Food tastes differently in flight, so airlines such as Finnair and British Airways have adapted their offerings to align with the sounds passengers experience. Research has shown airplane noise boosts savory tastes, such as tomato juice, while dulling sweet flavors.
After sorting through 52 million echolocation signals in underwater sound recordings, a computer algorithm has found six previously unidentified dolphin click varieties, according to findings published in PLOS Computational Biology. Researchers say that figuring out which species of dolphin is making these clicks could help them better track the movements and populations of wild dolphins.
Some co-workers may not be receptive to typical time-management strategies, Karen Miller writes. These situations might require a conversation in which you express concern about the person's missed deadlines and ask whether there's a problem with your co-worker's professional or personal life.
Employee benefit trends on the horizon include a greater number of choices, flexibility in changing selections and personalized plans, experts told the American Benefits Council's 50th Anniversary Symposium. Kevin Avery of ConocoPhillips said recruiting the best employees will require companies to meet their needs for paid-leave policies, flexible scheduling and work/life balance.
More than half the open board seats at S&P 500 companies this year went to women and minorities amid investor pressure to improve board diversity. Despite the gain, low attrition rates mean that the overall percentage of female or minority board members rose only one point, to 22% for women and to 17% for minorities.