Are “extra milers” a good thing?

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal, The Downside of Carrying the Most Weight, describes the conflict between organizations that have “extra milers” and the issues that they cause. Extra milers are people who work very long hours and are consistently sought out by others for their expertise. In the narrow sense of defined productivity […]

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Turning learners into leaders

To some, disruption is a scary word. But to many, it’s a pathway to a better outcome. Did Amazon and Uber scare people when the companies started? Possibly. But the concept for these companies was based on forward-thinking ideas and both companies have changed the way their respective industries work. In my recent blog post […]

Can HR help raise worker productivity? You bet.

We were pleased to have publish our article recently about capturing and sharing knowledge of employees to maximize productivity. Here is the full text of the article as it appeared in   One of the biggest challenges that HR managers face is capturing and sharing knowledge that existing employees have that has been gathered […]

Cerebyte’s Sofia program helps speed leadership transformation

In an earlier post, I referred to a situation where a technical leader used our Cerebyte Sofia online learning platform to develop a best practice in just 1.5 hours. The situation that prompted this initiative is a real and common problem in a lot of organizations. Specifically, this organization recognized that the standard practice of […]

What Socrates can teach us about mentoring

Did you ever read about the Socratic Method in college? If you did, you may remember that it centers on the importance of asking questions. According to venture capitalist Brad Feld, a co-founder of Techstars, the Socratic Method is fundamental to mentorship. “It’s how you ask questions, what you try to accomplish with the questions, […]

Managers who don’t commit to success enable failure at every level

By William Seidman I’ve just seen Rick’s axiom, “An organization’s initiatives will be only as successful as the intensity and consistency of the management’s commitment” proven for the nth time. We provide a great system for improving performance, but it’s only as good as the organization’s desire to get better. Recently we saw this in […]

Mentoring vs. knowledge sharing vs. little or no knowledge: compare and contrast

By William Seidman Randy Emelo writes about mentoring in Chief Learning Officer magazine.  He discusses how the millennial generation – people born after 1980 — views mentoring. Hint: Quite differently from the gen xers, baby boomers and the traditionalists, who each have their own views and values. The millennial generation wants a more egalitarian and free approach. Accustomed to knowledge sharing […]

Maximize the value of new hires

By William Seidman Recent scientific breakthroughs have led to the development of a methodology and supporting technology that increase new hire program effectiveness by both improving the quality of the learning experiences and enabling easy integration of the best of the classroom and mentoring experience. This approach is proven, with significant impacts such as: • […]