Category Archives: Undiscussables

Drink Deep and Decide What You Need

As the great res­ig­na­tion con­tin­ues, it’s clear that things will need to change more, not less. It’s a new con­scious­ness that is aris­ing, that just won’t put up with mean­ing­less work, armored hier­ar­chies, unre­spon­sive lead­ers, exces­sive work and dead­line pres­sures and all man­ner of inequities and work­place unfair­ness­es. Peo­ple will go. They just leave. They […]

Ambiguity, Organizational Stress and Leading Well

Back in the late 1980’s when I was doing recon­nais­sance into how well peo­ple were speak­ing up in orga­ni­za­tions, there were two main behav­iors by lead­ers that peo­ple told me caused them to become care­ful about express­ing them­selves. One was abra­sive behav­ior by lead­ers — shout­ing, crit­i­ciz­ing, insult­ing or oth­er­wise under­min­ing peo­ple. The oth­er leadership […]

Transactional Work and Adopted Passivity

The notion that work rela­tion­ships can be either trans­ac­tion­al or trans­for­ma­tion­al has been around for a long time. Trans­ac­tion­al work rela­tion­ships are rela­tion­ships where the focus is on the trade of time, effort, or results for mon­ey. Work is a con­tract and the terms are pri­mar­i­ly about the tasks and the rewards. Trans­for­ma­tion­al work relationships, […]

Meta-Time

It’s often the thing need­ed most but, giv­en how busy we are, it’s the last thing we give time to: eval­u­at­ing how our time and ener­gies are being used. Are we work­ing on the right stuff? In the right way? Do we have the right peo­ple in the room? What is our real sta­tus? Our […]