Management Matters: Faculty Retirement – Maintaining Identity and Purpose

OPG Marketing

“After 30-plus years of grading papers and exams, giving lectures (yet again!), hiring young colleagues, attending faculty meetings, serving on committees, writing grants, and going to conferences, academic life can begin to feel … a little stale, a little repetitive. When that happens, people begin to contemplate retirement as an opportunity to make a fresh start at something new and …

Management Matters: Giving feedback using “Speedback”

Organizational Performance Group

In this month’s column, let’s look at giving and receiving feedback, and one innovative and supportive way to engage your team in giving feedback to one another. First a few reminders about feedback in the workplace: regular, well-constructed, timely feedback is essential for long-term organizational health. Feedback is also vital for promoting growth and self-awareness and providing insight into professional …

Management Matters: The destructive nature of fake consensus

Organizational Performance Group

In this month’s column, I am turning to the issue of fake or overused consensus in decision making. Leaders, in the United States, often default to seeking consensus, seeing it as the holy grail of group decision making, believing that this is the only or a good way to ensure buy-in to the decision. There are several problems with this …

Management Matters: Microlevers™ — small moves for big workplace culture change

Organizational Performance Group

In this month’s column, I am turning to how to use small actions to greater, better, more joyous, more engaged work cultures. Dynamic, healthy, and appropriate organizational cultures and climates lift morale, which in turn increases effectiveness, in turn creating an even healthier culture and climate. Difficult and dysfunctional cultures and climates work in the opposite direction, dragging down results …

Management Matters: Clearing your plate for more purpose-driven work

Organizational Performance Group

In this month’s column, I want to pivot away from the larger identity questions that come with leading and provide you with a practical tool that many of my clients have found helpful. This tool helps manage the barrage of demands on your time, on your organization, and on your staff — demands which often come without adequate resources. This …

Towards a Four-Day Workweek: The Rise and Resistance

Organizational Performance Group

  A systems thinking approach to assessing the adoption and scalability of a new way of working in the United States Leah Hancock March 30, 2021 Introduction “When the hours, the nature of the work done, the physical conditions under which it is done, and the method by which it is remunerated, are such as to cause great wear and …

Learn from Life’s Experiences

Ross Tartell

  Values and beliefs shape how people lead. My best bosses have understood their personal values and beliefs, and then used that insight to focus their efforts and lead their teams effectively. A key tenet of Emotional Intelligence says that self-awareness is critical if a person is to manage their emotions, understand how others might react, or use interpersonal knowledge …

What Scares Leaders about Work-From-Home?

Organizational Performance Group

“What are you up to?! What about my team?!” Laura Freebairn-Smith, Partner at OPG Many managers have been taught that 8-5, in-office schedules are the only way to ensure accountability, productivity, and teamwork. This notion is a holdover from management ideas built on old paradigms around production lines, value of labor, hierarchy, privilege, and more. How does OPG continue to …

Make the Personal Connection in the New World of Virtual Work

Ross Tartell

  The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a massive and rapid shift to remote work and a transformational move from face-to-face to virtual leadership. As leaders continue to strive for performance and efficiency, there is a rapidly growing need for empathy and human connection in today’s digital world.  Click here to read the full article by OPG Senior Associate Ross Tartell.  …

5 Simple Ways to Increase Motivation in the Workforce

Tony Panos

Motivation needs to begin and grow inside each of us individually. A truly motivated individual or team is the holy grail for many managers, and a leader who can spark motivation in individuals will find that leading is much more rewarding. Read more from Partner Tony Panos at Training Magazine here!