Published on: Thursday, May 09, 2013
When I woke up in the Boston area the Friday after the marathon and heard about the manhunt underway, I immediately thought about the safety of the residents and how much they already endured over the past week.
Next, I remembered why I was there and wondered about the timing of the networking meeting we were having for ExecuNet members. The meeting was at 7am and members were traveling some distances; how could we reach all of them upon hearing there was a suspect loose and advisories not to travel around the immediate area?
Despite the circumstances, about 20 senior-level executives were already gathered for the meeting. Since most of the attendees were from out-of-town, many did not get the community notifications, phone calls or mobile alerts advising them to stay put.
As long as we were all there, however, we were determined to maximize the time together. Led by ExecuNet Managing Director Don Weintraub, the group of executives — including a senior VP of HR who provided the recruiter point-of-view — got some tactical solutions to the challenges they faced in their job searches.
Published on: Monday, May 06, 2013
Trust. There are few intangibles in the world of business as valuable and as sought after.
Trust cements relationships between goods and services providers and their customers. It sets the table for important, sometimes sensitive discussions between professional colleagues, and it speaks to the spirit of collaboration in joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and other important business initiatives.
Published on: Thursday, May 02, 2013
What kind of leader are you? Do you empower your team to make their own decisions or do you micromanage? Is there ever
a reason to micromanage? That's an active discussion in one of ExecuNet's community Roundtable groups.
"From my perspective, micromanagement is never necessary," said an ExecuNet member, the CEO of an Internet company. "In my career, I have seen the need for so-called micromanagement and disagree with the uses… One of the most successful organizations that handles every scenario mentioned without micromanaging that I had the pleasure of working with straight from college is Toyota."
Published on: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
There was a time when employees were assumed to be all the same. When there was no particular interest in diversifying the workforce, nor recognizing any differences among the people whom it comprised. That was the time when some people simply didn't fit because of who they were. Prejudice in those days was institutional as well as personal.
Published on: Thursday, April 25, 2013
The JETS got it right. As a JETS fan, I really don't get to say that very often. But when they traded all-world defensive back Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week, the JETS did indeed get it right.
Revis, the unquestioned best player on the team, is coming off a serious knee injury and JETS nation wondered if he'd be the same player when he returned. Additionally, he was entering the last year of his contract, so if the JETS didn't deal him now they could have ended up seeing him depart via free agency and only receive a compensatory draft pick for him. With his history of absurdly high contract demands, re-signing him seemed unlikely — and the money would be better spent on a quarterback.