Author Archives: peakfocus

Enabling Innovation with the Help of Personality Trait Assessments

Innovation, Innovation, Innovation. It is hard to read a newspaper or business journal without finding an article on innovation or a reference to how companies must innovate to stay competitive. But the question that few articles address is how does a company become innovative or foster a culture of innovation? Most will agree that people [...]

How a Personality Trait Assessment Helps Improve Communication

"According to a recent Harris Poll ... a stunning majority (69%) of the managers said that they're often uncomfortable communicating with employees. Over a third (37%) of the managers said that they're uncomfortable having to give direct feedback about their employees' performance if they think the employee might respond negatively to the feedback." Effective communication is [...]

Improving Accountability within the Workplace

Forbes Magazine published an article on Accountability titled, "7 Ways to Build Accountable Organizations". Within the article, the author posses the question: Where do you need to invest your time and attention to build an environment of accountability? This is a question many organizations ask themselves and consistently struggle to find the answer. A significant [...]

How Do You Teach Delegation

One of the fundamental learning objectives in most leadership development training programs is delegation. But how exactly do you go about teaching delegation? Most emerging leaders are identified as top prospects because they excel at performing specific tasks. Their competence is what fuels their success; but when promoted, they are suppose to let go and [...]

Looking for the 100%-Fit Candidate? Dream on...

Don't hold your breath. Practically no job candidate has exactly what is needed for the highest level of success on the job. As a hiring manager or HR professional, you are always compromising. Hiring is like dating - if you get close to what you really want and need then you find ways to live [...]

When Stress Turns Normally Stable Employees into Raving Lunatics

Everyone has their limits, however, some people reach them much more quickly than others. When employees are stressed, they often behave in ways that are quite unlike them under normal circumstances. They may act out in ways that are puzzling to their co-workers and make themselves literally sick with stress and pressure. Later, they may [...]

What Physical Injury taught me About Paradox Theory

I broke my left wrist recently. Fortunately I am right-handed and since I am not a bricklayer, I thought, no big deal, right? My right hand can carry the load while my left hand recovers; hardly a recipe for disaster for someone who works at a desk. In fact, I was coping quite well for [...]

Entrepreneurship: What Makes for Success and Can We Assess for It?

What is Entrepreneurship and What's the Hype? Entrepreneurship is defined as "the process of designing, launching and running a new business, which typically begins as a small business, such as a startup company, offering a product, process or service for sale or hire, and the people who do so are called ‘entrepreneurs’" (1). The financial [...]

Deliberately Developing Organizations and the Harrison Assessment: Soul-mates

I recently read, "An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization," by Robert Kegan and Lisa Kaskow Lahey (2016) and I went crazy highlighting passages. This work is so important, so inspiring, and so intelligent, I just can't say enough about it; I urge you to read it as soon as you possibly can. And, [...]

Assessing Culture-Fit: Is This Even Possible?

High performing organizations can be quite obsessive about their CULTURE as both a market differentiator and as a guiding force for decision-making. These organizations tend to be extremely careful to bring new people in who match the culture well. By 'culture", we can use this definition: "the organization's vital Purpose, its distinctive and enduring Philosophy and [...]