How to Respond to Employee Activism

Many employees want to do meaningful work and they want their employer to either support or align with their values and identities.  When that doesn’t happen, employees generally have three choices: leave the organization, try to bring change within the organization, or just shut up and deal with it.  The last option is probably the worst  for the employer because it leads to lowered employee engagement. I recommend providing a relief valve that allows for employees to express themselves when they rise up against a decision or organize themselves to advocate for… Read More

Picking the Perfect Location for an Off-site Retreat or Meeting

Leaders oftentimes delegate the role of handling logistics for an off-site meeting.  However, selecting the right location and ambience can directly impact the success of the event.  Those in charge of logistics can select an optimal space and room setup to increase the likelihood of the event’s success. I recently co-facilitated a strategic planning session at a beautiful location in the Sonoma Region of California.  When I arrived, the venue appeared to be perfect: serene grounds and attractive well-maintained facilities.  However, the venue had never been used for a business retreat or… Read More