People

Hiring the “best person for the job” is an ​elusive fantasy.

Whenever I talk about diversity and inclusion it doesn’t take long for the conversation to get to the statement “But we only want the best person for the job don’t we?”.

It’s not a wholly unreasonable thing to say but it is flawed on two levels.

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Our growing obsession with college degrees is lazy, ineffective and racist.

I need to confess something. Something I’m not particularly proud of. When someone announces that they have an MBA, I have to consciously remind myself not to discriminate against them. It’s bad isn’t it – I’m quite ashamed of myself as I write this. And it’s wrong – some of my best and smartest friends […]

People

The one number I never allowed our board to report to investors.

I spent eight of my last nine years as a private equity backed CEO. Monthly reporting to our shareholder was routine, and PE investors are naturally data-hungry, left-brain-dominant Excel jockeys. They love figures, and if you’re not careful, will suck every number they can out of the business in a desperate attempt to understand it, […]

People

Big AT&T versus their own pensioners. An ugly and uneven looking fight.

Pensions aren’t something you’ll find me writing about often but this story in today’s Wall Street Journal caught my eye. AT&T, the world’s largest phone company, has found it has overpaid a small number of its pensioners. And now it wants the money back. The problem for many of them is that they’ve spent it. […]

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Barnes & Noble just fired their CEO in the most disengaging and disrespectful way possible.

A couple of weeks ago, Barnes & Noble fired their CEO and refused to tell anyone why, citing vague “policy violations”. This article looks at the destructive impact this type of information withholding (lying) has on a workforce.

People

We know what employee disengagement costs. But do you know how it feels?

We can put a price on employee disengagement, a real cost of lost productivity. But have you ever stopped to think about how it feels?

People

Do we really need to work less? Or do we want better jobs with more flexibility?

Most people hate their jobs. It’s true. In fact, at any one time, about half of us are looking for a new one – even more at this time of the year. Something about returning to a job you don’t love after the festive break is a real catalyst for change.

© 2018 Glenn Elliott.

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