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Published on: Friday, April 20, 2012

Do You Talk About Fight Club@f79

Posted By: Robyn Greenspan
Filed Under: robyn greenspan, leadership, roundtables, conflict resolution
 
Some leaders view conflict as fighting and ignore it, but conflict-avoidance can be every bit as damaging as all-out conference room brawls. "Conflict can be cancerous to an organization," said a president in the manufacturing industry during a discussion in ExecuNet's General Management Roundtable. "The sooner you deal with it the better. It will not go away, and will only get worse. I have found that one must deal with it quickly, fairly and firmly. When dealing with conflict, the longer you delay, the 'cancer' will grow and has the potential to devastate an organization."

 

Published on: Monday, April 16, 2012

Be a Chief Simplicity Officer

Posted By: Robyn Greenspan
Filed Under: robyn greenspan, roundtable, procedures, organizational complexity
 
Every manager — from the CEO down — has to focus on continually reducing complexity, and this senior technology executive asked his peers in ExecuNet's General Management Roundtable how their companies were managing complexity in today's fast-changing environment.

 

Published on: Monday, April 09, 2012

Is Your Winner a Whiner?

Posted By: Robyn Greenspan
Filed Under: robyn greenspan, leadership, morale, pessimists, team unity
 
Executive and corporate recruiters have said that skills and experience are the 50 percent that gets you in the door for an interview. Cultural fit, attitude and personality are the other half of the equation and will get you the offer.

Both are equally important, and the members of ExecuNet's Operations Roundtable grappled with the dilemma of how to manage a high-performing employee with a pessimistic attitude, leading a vice president of a food and beverage company to remark that proper handling of this type of person is one of the true tests of an individual's management skills.

 

Finding new ways to do business is always a challenge, but for success in an ever-changing world, business leaders today must be willing to try new things and remain extremely flexible. Read what some of the world's greatest innovators had to say in this ExecuNet exclusive.


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