AMA EdgewiseIn the coming weeks we will be bringing you the insights and voices of recognized thought leaders across a wide range of topics.
Our aim is to provide those essential "nuggets" of perspective that will help you and your organization improve performance, adapt to changing business realities, and prosper in a complex and competitive world.
Focusing on people before they abandon ship.March 7, 2014 / Podcast #
Businesses, projects, and people don’t fail. Leaders fail. Mike Myatt, author of Hacking Leadership and a columnist for Forbes’s “Leadership,” discusses critical gaps leaders struggle with today, including development, influence, and reality gaps. Leaders never truly reach leadership maturity because they are all a work in progress. They must learn and understand their strengths and weaknesses in order to develop into more effective leaders. Leaders who tend to focus on process rather than people rarely see their company experience rising profits and often create a dynamic where employees decide to look elsewhere to unleash their passions, engage their creativity, and develop their skills.
The effectiveness of being a visible leader.February 21, 2014 / Podcast #
Doug Conant has a certain methodology for collaborating and communicating with his employees. As the former CEO of Campbell Soup Company, Doug set the tone for how he wanted to build his relationships there. For Conant, it is imperative to build his relationships before he needs to, so as to be more productive in the long run. And not just with his direct reports; he made time in his day to send notes to employees around the world that he would never see day to day. Build that trust early, and then anything is possible. All it takes is two simple strategies to be an effective leader: being tough-minded on standards and performances while still remaining tenderhearted with people.
How many Dilbert comics are pasted to your cubicle?February 7, 2014 / Podcast #
Scott Adams is the creator of the ubiquitous workplace comic strip Dilbert, a character so iconic that it’s become an actual metric for judging workplace happiness: too many Dilbert comics on the wall and employees probably relate to the character too much but if there are no comics it’s likely indicative of upper management with no sense of humor. Adam’s humor comes from real experience. He’s no stranger to the corporate lifestyle and isn’t uncritical, calling leadership in general “a form of specialized evil.”
Getting the recognition you deserve for the work you do.January 24, 2014 / Podcast #
Introverts can have trouble getting recognition for their accomplishments. They do great work but they do their best work quietly and alone. Skills like writing and research are crucial but not always attention-grabbing. Jennifer Kahnweiler, author of the new book Quiet Influence: The Introvert’s Guide to Making a Difference, has practical tips on how introverts can play to their strengths and still get the attention they deserve.
Investing time in your passions and helping your current job.January 10, 2014 / Podcast #
The internet has made it easier than ever to have a side business: a craft shop on Etsy, freelance design work, social media consultant, etc. But with all the horror stories about jobs lost because of a social media presence, some people are scared to start a side gig, afraid of angering their main employer. Kimberly Palmer, author of the AMACOM book The Economy of You, says that you don’t have to be afraid. In fact, a lot of employers enthusiastically welcome side businesses as an opportunity for their employers to learn, grow, and bring more skills back to the workplace.
Kimberly Palmer is the senior money editor for U.S. News & World Report and writes the popular Alpha Consumer blog. Along with her staff job, she maintains independent side businesses. She is the creator of Palmer’s Planners, her own line of digital financial guides and money organizers for major life events and goals, such as having a baby, buying a house, and becoming debt-free, which she sells through her shop on Etsy.com. She is also a frequent speaker on financial planning, investing, and other money matters, and a published author. In her new book, The Economy of You: Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur and Recession-Proof Your Life, Palmer delves into a movement among people much like her—professionals and highly skilled workers of all ages who, for financial security and personal fulfillment, are successfully combining traditional employment with entrepreneurial side-gigs.