Trust and respect are the glue that holds us together organizationally and interpersonally. I suppose one could argue otherwise, but Iâ€™m sticking to my guns on this one. It is clear to see that once the bonds of trust are broken, the relationship crumbles faster than it takes for the stock market to react to bad news. Trust and trusting-building is critical to all of us, so understanding where trust comes from must be important as well.
Emotional Intelligence (EI) has become a buzzword lately for organizations, although in reality it has been around since the 1970s and 80s. Emotional intelligence refers to â€œthe ability to monitor oneâ€™s own and othersâ€™ feelings and emotions and to use this information to guide oneâ€™s thinking and action.â€
Since Sundayâ€™s Super Bowl, I have been thinking about business lessons we can learn from the franchises involved. So what do you thinkâ€¦ anything we can learn? I believe there are a couple of lessons we can take into the non-sports business world.
The Dow hit over 12,000 yesterday (Feb. 1, 2011), which seems to indicate the financial strength of a number of U.S. Companies is improving (i.e. Ford Motor Company, Hewlett Packard, General Electric, etc.). So why are job creation and the return of better paying jobs not keeping pace with those improvements?
In light of all the uproar about Amy Chua’s book “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,â€ what impact do you think parenting has on how productive we are as a society? Does the extremely strict parenting outlined in Chuaâ€™s memoir lead to more productive adultsâ€”or does it increase adult psychosis?