“How much time is the right time to train an employee?” Today I was talking to a VP at a client company. We were discussing the difficulty in hiring and training people to fit into a job. The time it takes for them to fit the culture, to fit the job requirements, to fit with the customers… all that fitting that has to take place can take 9 months to a year. And then if you've hired the wrong person some companies don't decide to let the person … [Read more...] about #38 How Ruthless Should You Be?
Archives for September 2007
“Should we take Colin Powell’s advice?” I'll bet I've got your attention now, haven't I? Actually, I'm very serious when I ask "Is Colin Powell a leader?" and "Should we take his advice on leadership matters?" There are plenty of people who think that merely asking these questions is a sign of lack of patriotism or a lack of understanding of what leadership really is. I think it's the exact opposite. Let me tell what started me down this … [Read more...] about #37 Is Colin Powell A Leader?
How bad can we be and still be good? So here's the question… can a jerk still be a successful manager? The answer of course, is Yes! I know it all depends on how we define "successful" but there is no doubt that within our culture and actually within the business world as a whole, success is usually defined as financial success. There are many people who are financially successful from a business, management, or leadership perspective even … [Read more...] about #36 Can a Jerk Be a Successful Manager?