Grande Double-Whip Work

“Why would anyone want to work at the Starbucks when they could work at home?”

This question was posed the other day and I wanted to try to answer it. You see, I work from home almost every day, but there have been times when my office really was a table at the local Starbucks –  a quiet place I would go daily while my sitter sat with my young son in my home. And even now, especially when the weather is nice and I do not have conference calls, I will go over to the local Starbucks for a couple hours to get some serious writing done.

As I was thinking about this I realized it may not be obvious to others who might not see the benefits right away, I thought I would share my feelings:

1) Change of Scenery: When I work at home, (and the same … Continue reading

Exceptional Teams and the Argument for Diversity

Organizations are increasingly dependent on diverse teams for developing innovative products, making important decisions, and improving efficiency. As companies enjoy a more equitable, global and virtual footprint, diversity factors are playing a larger part in almost every organization. To those forward-thinking leaders, this is a welcome change, and the success of a collaborative team in creating and managing today’s increasingly complex products and services depends not only on the combined skill sets of the team members but also on their personalities and ways of approaching and solving problems. When creating a group or team in the workplace, smart managers realize that with increased diversity come new ideas, which directly translate to new and better products and services.

“Under the right circumstances groups re remarkably intelligent, and are often smarter than the smartest people in them. Groups do not need to be dominated by exceptionally intelligent people in order to be smart. Even id most of the people are not especially well-informed or rational, it can still reach a collectively wise decision – The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki

What Is Diversity?

Diversity comes in many “shapes and sizes.” It is the differences in culture, sex, gender identity, physical abilities, age, race, sexual orientation and even into political beliefs, religious practices and socio-economic status, education and temperaments. These traits make us all individuals; in fact, they make us the very essence of who we are. Continue reading “Exceptional Teams and the Argument for Diversity”

Management and Making Meaning: Crossing Over

From time to time, team members will share their views stimulated from a piece by an industry thought leader. Here, our CEO, Lisa Maier, discusses the MITSloan Management Review article by Catherine Bailey and Adrian Madden,“ The Five Qualities of Meaningful Work”.

My roots are in sociology, specifically the sociology of the workplace, and in phenomenology, which includes the exploration of how we make meaning. It is no wonder that I gravitate toward the building of an organization that seeks to be more than an arm’s length transaction for all who engage.

Here at DirectiveGroup, we talk about our culture a lot, not just the construction of our culture, but what kind of culture we want to build. To me, work is not really engaging unless it fulfills another deep human need, and that need it to live a meaningful life. I believe that is something we all want, … Continue reading

5 Habits Of Truly Disruptive Leaders – Commentary

From time to time DirectiveGroup team members will comment on a piece of content they see online. In this post, Kim Figor gives her opinion on 5 Habits Of Truly Disruptive Leaders an article from Fast Company, written by Faisal Hoque .

Wow! When considering the definition of disrupt, I have to admit my first reaction was to wonder who would want to become a truly disruptive leader and then ensure I put forth my best efforts to stay far away from that person.

Disrupt: (verb dis·rupt \dis-ˈrəpt\) to cause (something) to be unable to continue in the normal way; to interrupt the normal progress or activity of (something)

After I read this article, I was able to see the value of a disruptive leader. In fact, I agree with the 5 habits she discussed in her article… Well, mostly anyways. I’m not 100% on board with number 5 … Continue reading

Increase Employee Productivity within Your Organization: Setting the Foundation

Everyone agrees that growing revenue and handsome profits are key indicators of a thriving business. But how those numbers are achieved reflects sustainability… or lack thereof. If, for instance, you have high productivity, it reflects efficient resource usage and therefore suggests a maintainable approach. If, on the other hand, your company is experiencing low productivity or a high cost of production, this is not something that would support a thriving and growing business, and would need to be addressed.

Business productivity reflects your organization’s ability to successfully execute on its strategy, and through examination of the structure, technology, policies, processes and practices that support your strategy, you can identify your company’s strengths and weaknesses. Then, more broadly, by comparing your numbers against your competitors, you can also identify opportunities and threats.

Once identified, by leveraging your current strengths and improving upon weak areas, you will be on your way to … Continue reading

Blog Abstract: Uncommon Sense: Stop Giving These 5 Pieces Of Common Advice

From time to time, team members will share their views stimulated from a piece by an industry thought leader. Here, our Director of Paid Marketing, Kim Figor, discusses an Forbes article by contributors, David Sturt and Todd Nordstron, “Uncommon Sense: Stop Giving These 5 Pieces Of Common Advice.”

Have you ever noticed how most everyone has a popular “cliché” advice piece for just about every possible situation imaginable? I would even say it appears that the frequency of “one-liner” advice conversations increase as the emotional toll of a situation increases.

Why is it so easy for humans to spout off memorized clichés as if they alone were enough to “fix” any situation, let alone a highly emotional situation? Maybe it is easier than having a real conversation with someone. Or, maybe they have become an excuse to justify our own actions and take responsibility for being truthful with … Continue reading