Brainware Vault

Stay in the Lead

A few weeks ago, I was reading some research on new leader development in which the authors (who were all academics) concluded that the best approach to developing leaders was to “rotate them through a series of challenging, hands-on leadership experiences”. I smiled as I …

A Little Courage

Recently, my co-founder and I were attending an event at one of Singapore’s more spectacular venues overlooking Marina Bay. We were chatting with a senior leader at LinkedIn (let’s call him Steve) and the course of the conversation took its inevitable turn to the question …

Mind the Gaps

For flat, global, and virtual organizations, the future of work is already here. However, for many companies, the gaps caused by the shift to the 21st-century world of work can feel like volcanic fissures, delivering flows of lava that can quickly damage a team or organization…

The Cost of Silence

The role of employee voice in organizations – whether in the form of work-related complaints, participating in decision making, contributing new ideas, or providing feedback – has been topic of discussion and debate for over 200 years. The industrial revolution fueled the drive towards greater …

Purpose by Design

I enjoy the privilege of mentoring a broad cross-section of people who are at different stages of their careers. One of the most notable trends in those conversations over the past ten years has been a shift away from focusing on career path and corporate …

Got Purpose?

Strengths-based leadership, employee engagement, and growth mindset. Recent years have been fruitful for management guru’s and the consulting firms that promote their ideas. As a team leader participating in the roll out of those three ideas (and many other fads during the 1990’s and early …

Privacy Policy Update

You’ve all received a slurry of emails lately letting you know about new data privacy rules. Like most every other company providing information and services via the Web, we’re being forced to join the party. We’ve added this article to let you know that we’ve updated …

Are You Choosing Mediocrity?

In his April 2017 HBR article What to Do About Mediocrity on Your Team [icon name=”external-link” class=”” unprefixed_class=””], Joseph Grenny observed that, “The toughest test of a manager is not how they deal with poor performance — it’s how they address mediocrity.” Over the course …