Archive for the ‘Leadership’ Category

Balancing Teamwork and Individual Recognition

January 4th, 2012 1 Comment

In today’s workplace, there is an ever-increasing emphasis on teamwork. However, the economy is harsh and competition is fierce. In many companies where job seniority is not a factor, the system is set up to compare employees against one another. Ranking sessions determine your bonuses, salaries, promotions – or even whether you’ll keep your job. It is no longer adequate to just do your job well, or even very well. But how do you stand out as an individual contributor,

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The second Roseto Salon: Getting Individual Recognition in a Teamwork Environment

October 13th, 2011 No Comments

The second Roseto Salon will be held on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM, in the Lobby Conference Room of Cisco Bldg. 24, 510 McCarthy Boulevard, Milpitas, California 95035.
The topic is “Getting Individual Recognition in a Teamwork Environment.”

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The Toyota Crisis—Is the Toyota Brand Sustainable Now that’s It’s Gone Global?

May 9th, 2011 4 Comments

By January 23, 2010, Toyota, the world’s biggest automaker had recalled a total of 9.0 million vehicles after defects came to light, resulting in sudden unintended acceleration (SUA) of Toyota vehicles, allegedly causing 37 deaths. Three major recalls of Toyota vehicles were triggered by (1) accelerator pedals trapped by floor mats, (2) accelerator pedals with poor design problems causing them to stick, and (3) Prius brake problems. [1] The recalls spread throughout the United States, Europe, and even to China. 

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Risk-taking and the “Freedom to Fail”

January 5th, 2011 1 Comment

“Take calculated risks–that is quite different from being rash.” General George S. Patton Especially in high-tech, progress is made only by taking risks. Taking a risk implies the possibility of partial or complete failure. So how can we decide what risks to take, and how can we encourage the identification of those risks and the willingness to go forward with them, i.e., institute a culture of risk-taking? One of the most important factors in encouraging risk-taking is the “freedom to

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Our Job Security is Our Network

October 13th, 2010 No Comments

I attended a sad farewell for an association that at one time was truly a great organization. It was vibrant and growing. This group was quite impactful for me throughout my career though particularly in the early stages. Over the years the association had lost membership and struggled to keep going. I myself had not been an active member for years. It was not a huge surprise that the decision was made to discontinue meeting, though still disheartening, especially for

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What I Learned From Coach Wooden

July 14th, 2010 1 Comment

John Wooden recently passed away. He was the long time UCLA Basketball Coach with record wins and unmatched honors. Beyond his accolades and honors, he has said that the letters from his individual players are his treasures. That absolutely fits what I have come to know about Coach Wooden. I always mention John Wooden when I talk about leadership. I don’t even know much about basketball other than enjoying a game or two here and there. My interest in Coach

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Toyota – Communication with Employees During Crisis

June 2nd, 2010 1 Comment

During a crisis, communication becomes an even more important factor than during normal times. To encourage their teams to be successful during periods of high stress, effective managers strive to provide as much accurate information to their work groups as possible. They hold regular communication meetings even if there is no new information to convey. It is very important that information be delivered timely; as much as you know and have the liberty to share. It is okay to say

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