Yesterday I had the pleasure of discussing the phenomenon of boomerang employees with our board members, John Hollon, VP for Editorial at TLNT.com and Sharlyn Lauby, President of the ITM Group, and also known as the...Read more
Probably many of you are assuming the title of the post is rhetorical - of course your employees are your greatest assets, right? The most telling evidence of whether this is true, though, will come...Read more
Over the weekend, my Facebook feed was full of posts and pictures from proud friends and family attending graduations. These events are not only full of pomp and circumstance, but also full of hope and...Read more
In a recent New York Times Magazine article entitled Thinking Outside the (Big) Box, Adam Davidson (of NPR’s “Planet Money) talks about a great customer service experience he had at Ikea recently when he went shopping...Read more
I'm happy to announce the availability of the new Workforce Institute ebook. In it, we've collected our board members’ points-of-view on the concept of Workforce Innovation That Works™; their thoughts on the most noteworthy human capital...Read more
It’s Friday and you know what the means, right? It’s time to view another 1 in One Hundred Million video! This week we get a sneak peek into the life of a Water Survival Instructor.
“I still remember the first time a parent called me and told me a child had rescued themselves. I was in tears,” says Justina. As a Water Survival Instructor and mother of two young children, Justina’s work is personal. She’s seen its life-saving power firsthand, after all, and knows the life-or-death difference it can make. And from the heartwarming feedback she’s received from parents, she knows she’s found a lifelong calling. Having taught 250 kids to date, Justina spends up to 5 hours a day in the water at her local YMCA — and considers it a privilege.
“I can’t think of a better job to have,” says Major William Saint. Spend one minute with him, and you can tell he means it. His desire to serve is bone-deep — a cherished family heritage. After returning from tour in Iraq, Major Saint settled into life with his wife and four children in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Settled, for him, means commanding a team of 22 who work behind the scenes to protect public events — events where we can feel safe because Major Saint and his team have the expertise to identify and thwart danger before it strikes.
The 1 in One Hundred Million video series is devoted to sharing the personal stories of the people who do the many important and too-often unrecognized jobs we all rely on. In honor of the upcoming Labor Day holiday, I plan to share the latest 1 in One Hundred Million videos every Friday to celebrate workers.
Sixteen strikeouts — that’s the College World Series game record Brett Laxton set as a Louisiana State University freshman and landed him in the major leagues. But today, he’s traded the cheering fans and glowing spotlight for the shop floor of Marucci Sports. There, Brett stays behind-the-scenes, handcrafting the bats that players count on for their next big hit. At 100,000 bats to date and counting, Brett doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. For him, making the finest bat in baseball is a matter of pride, and a way to stay connected to his deep roots in America’s favorite pastime.
This is a practical and thought-provoking compilation of experiences focused on what drives and sustains successful organizations. Its contributing authors, all well-respected individuals from academia and industry, go beyond theory showing the reader wisdom — and a roadmap for growing and sustaining any organization.
-- John Boudreau, PhD, Professor and Research Director, USC's Marshall School of Business and Center for Effective Organizations