Archive for June, 2011
Posted on30. Jun, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
With purposeful poking, Geoffry Rush, as Lionel Logue, speech therapist, got King George V (Colin Firth) to yell, “Because I have a voice!” It’s one of my favorite moments in “The King’s Speech.” It was Logue’s masterful series of personal questions that push the to-be king to finally yell what he’s wanted to say for [...]
Posted on28. Jun, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
Team chemistry is that feel, that vibe of when people come together and get things done with and through each other. When it’s bad chemistry the mixture is often horrible and the team never fully recovers from disagreements or other clashes. The wounds remain close to the surface. But when team chemistry is good, there [...]
Posted on27. Jun, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
I recently came across an article advocating the need for positive leadership. Filled with Hallmark-style sentiments and buzzwords, the article left me cold and wondering what the phrase meant. The idea stuck with me enough to answer my own question. It means you wrestle with placing the need to be liked, revered, controlling, feeling important [...]
Posted on26. Jun, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
We need more optimism in our workplaces. Blessing White research shows that 31% of the world’s employees feel engaged. This is considered “roughly stable” by their assessment. I believe we can do better. I believe we need to do better. It’s up to each of us to help create a workplace that inspires, engages. We [...]
Posted on20. Jun, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
I spent Father’s Day with my dad in the hospital. Unfortunately, he was the one we had to take to the ER. In these situations my role is to ensure my dad’s care meets his needs and to ensure each nurse knows what’s going on. My step-mom’s role is to tend to my dad’s immediate [...]
Posted on15. Jun, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
These are the times for leaders in business to put aside the latest financials and look to their people. Look to the people to help uncover what can make those financials tell a better story. Look to the people who know intimately what’s working, what’s broken, and what’s barely working – this is not found [...]
Posted on14. Jun, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
If your circle of friends and colleagues are anything like mine, there are many people going through personal and professional transitions. And the scale is from significant to minor. Seemingly, though, more on the side of significant. In the mix of all this change, I, too, find myself going through significant transitions that are redefining [...]