In any transformation, a question: How to get buy-in—and thrive?

It’s a question every business transformation offers (or presses upon) every leader: How can we help our employees buy into the plan—and then thrive? Whether the transformation is inspired by strength or compelled by vulnerability, the core answer is the same for every employee: she wants to believe in the organization’s purpose, belong to a team of people helping … Read More > “In any transformation, a question: How to get buy-in—and thrive?”

Renee James and Ampere: Engaging in a New World

Andy and Napoleon would be proud. When Ampere Computing emerged from its quiet (and private) gestation, with Renee James as its chairman and CEO, I couldn’t help but smile. The boldness of the venture is striking. The stealth of the preparation was impressive. And the implications for computing and leadership are intriguing. It’s bold to … Read More > “Renee James and Ampere: Engaging in a New World”

Helping employees believe, belong, and matter

I wasn’t expecting to care so much. When I got the call from Intel’s head of HR in 2006, asking me to come help with employee communications during the major corporate restructuring that was under way, I had been with the company for 11 years, working in external communications roles. I had spent my time … Read More > “Helping employees believe, belong, and matter”

2018 planning: Use barbells to get clearer faster

The New Year offers a sense of potential, and if we’re smart we’ll grab that offer with both hands. Never decline an invitation to see fresh possibilities. With us humans, though, fresh possibilities can become brown bananas. I’ve been thinking about an approach to capturing and keeping that sense of potential in our professional and … Read More > “2018 planning: Use barbells to get clearer faster”

The hidden potential of year-end messages

As we approach the end of 2017, when leaders are pondering (or should be pondering) their year-end messages to their teams, let’s not miss an opportunity: the deep potential and power that’s waiting to be harnessed in those communications. It’s easy (and no crime) to quickly write a brief note of thanks and email it … Read More > “The hidden potential of year-end messages”

What Paul Otellini taught me about bluster

When I learned of former Intel CEO Paul Otellini’s death this week, it wasn’t the big things about Paul that flashed through my mind—not his ushering in of the Wi-Fi era with Centrino laptop chips in 2003, not the massive restructuring of Intel he drove in 2006, not the surprising decision he made to retire … Read More > “What Paul Otellini taught me about bluster”

Trump’s real communications problem

When Donald Trump rotated through his first press secretary, Sean Spicer, and then the communications director Anthony Scaramucci, the president no doubt had high hopes for a new morning in America, where he finally would get the media coverage he deserves. But he keeps running up against two laws of communications physics. Because while the … Read More > “Trump’s real communications problem”

The opportunities in every transition.

Transitions tell us things we didn’t know before, such as what’s working and what’s not. They also force us to change some things, whether in location or relationships or flow. That combination is powerful. Because when we know more than we did before, and we’re moving in some way, we have the chance to adjust … Read More > “The opportunities in every transition.”