Spring came early to the Wasatch mountains over the last couple of weeks with temperatures in the 50s and 60s and lots of blue skies. A few weeks ago, I was looking forward to spring skiing at Alta, where we’ve had close to 500 inches of snow, and the base is 121 inches. Over the weekend, we received word that due to the global coronavirus pandemic, Alta (along with the other resorts in the area) has suspended all skiing operations. One more reminder of how quickly the world can, and has, changed.

“Working remote” has become a hot topic in…

Virtual teams face greater complexity and uncertainty as they strive to overcome the barriers of time, distance, culture, and communications. When successful, virtual teams enable the best talent to come together and amplify energy, competencies, and creativity. However, there are significant challenges to developing highly-effective teams across time zones and cultures. One of the top challenges for virtual team leaders is the critical importance of developing and maintaining trusting relationships across their team. Trust is an essential, if not the essential, ingredient in developing and sustaining strong relationships. For a virtual team, the level of trust is reflected in the…

“We can’t just sit back and wait for feedback to be offered, particularly when we’re in a leadership role. If we want feedback to take root in the culture, we need to explicitly ask for it.” — Ed Batista

The role of employee voice in organizations — whether in the form of work-related complaints, participating in decision making, contributing new ideas, or providing feedback — has been topic of discussion and debate for over 200 years. The industrial revolution fueled the drive towards greater employee voice via organized labor. The information era precipitated the rise of Organizational Behavior as a…

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Why we do what we do is one of the most interesting, and at times perplexing, questions for behavioral scientists, leaders, parents, and anyone else that deals with the mysteries of motivation. To start to understand motivation, we can visualize it as a continuum with motivations that are part of our nature (intrinsic motivators) on one end, and those that originate outside of ourselves (extrinsic motivators) at the other end. Along the continuum are varying degrees to which an external source of motivation, for example an idea, becomes more internalized as we begin to think of it as our own.

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In his article, Employee Surveys Are Still One of the Best Ways to Measure Engagement, Scott Judd, the head of People Analytics at Facebook, observes that, “…surveys are starting to look like diesel trucks, collecting dust in the age of electric cars.” Employee surveys originally emerged in the 1920s, along with scientific management and the drive to improve industrial productivity. In 1932, Rensis Likert began a revolution in survey research with the publication of his article “A Technique for the Measurement of Attitudes.” Likert argued that, while human attitudes are infinite, they can be clustered together and the questions that…

Dr. Jeb Hurley

Dr. Jeb Hurley is Co-Founder & CEO of Xmetryx and the author of Team Relationship Management: The Art of Crafting Extraordinary Teams

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