When you are able to put on the striped black-and-white referee shirt and mediate conflict--when you take responsibility for fostering cooperation, collaboration, and collegiality between coworkers--you've taken a large step toward becoming a more productive and valuable leader.
How prepared is your company to weather the current economic storm? Does your company have the organizational flexibility and resiliance you need to remain successful? Now is the time to consider ways to make your company more efficient, cost-effective and relavant to your customers, employees and community.
Business lessons in adversity. Yesterday was a day that should have driven me up the wall. I watched every photo I had taken from the fall of 2005 through the fall of 2007 permanently disappear in a computer failure, while I was trying to copy them to an external drive. A squabble on a discussion list turned ugly in a way that could have serious repercussions for the future of my business. I left yet another voicemail with the editor at a big NY publishing house who should have had a revised contract on my desk in June and has not been answering phone calls or e-mails.