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Approach Change with a Clear Focus on Employee Compassion, Respect and Enablement Every organization experiences change, particularly in today’s unpredictable climate. Whether that be shifts within the employee layout of your organization to the hiring of new employees all together, transforming your organization can, and should be, performed with a clear focus on employee compassion, […]

New Leaders Emerge Every Day, Prepare Your Organization to Nurture Their Growth  Developing tomorrow’s leaders should be a critical element in the long-term strategy of your business. Who knows? You could already be working with the next genius of your time, who’s just waiting for the right attention and guidance to grow into a fully […]

Successful Organizations are Built By Design Organizations come in all different shapes and sizes, but how can they all best optimize for effectiveness? What makes one business thrive while another crumbles? It’s simple: successful organizations are built by design and use care in their processes. The most successful among them have key attributes that set […]

For the last several months, we have been facing an unprecedented global health crisis, and our everyday lives are being disrupted. In an effort to contain the virus and to keep us safe, businesses and communities have implemented measures that support social distancing and limit time spent outside of our homes. This situation has also […]

A Job Search is Daunting Task, Especially Now, But These Tips Will Help You Focus on the Areas You Can Control We are in the throes of an unprecedented period in history. The coronavirus has forced changes in all of our lives in ways we could have never imagined. Many of us are well into […]

During an A.J. O’Connor Associates (AJO) facilitated a session for leaders in the hospitality industry, learning agility was rated last in our ten 2020 leadership competencies in terms of perceived importance and leadership development needs. Executive coach and author Marshall Goldsmith conceded that learning agility was overlooked in his 2008 research on how future leader competencies are different from […]

Building on the theme of our last blog on Future Work, we look at ten trends that are shaping the employment landscape in the next decade. Out of these trends, we identify ten leadership competencies that we think will be critical for 2020 leaders. Our ten trends and ten competencies have been compiled from a literature review that includes whitepapers, […]

What do ants and human beings have in common? They both can self-organize! How are they different? Ants continually self-organize, but humans selectively self-organize. Some people self-organize at home but not at work. Others self-organize only in certain parts of their work. In nature, without a CEO to tell species and plants what to do, […]

“We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us.” – Marshall McLuhan The fourth in our series of 2020 leadership competencies explores digital proficiency. According to McKinsey’s 2012 research entitled, “Minding Your Digital Business“, executives expect new digital technologies to transform their businesses. At the same time, many admit their organizations are unprepared when it […]