Frank Barrett, leadership, Appreciate Inquiny

Yes to the Mess: Surprising Leadership Lessons from Jazz by the book

Frank Barrett, is an active jazz pianist leading trios and quartets as well as touring the United States, England, and Mexico with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.

Frank Barrett, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Management and Organizational Behavior at the Naval Post Graduate school. Yes to the Mess is a journey through the power of music and the possibility of messiness. Frank correlates this mess to organization development, design, and possibility of innovation, managing highly-talented individuals, group communication, vision, and team dynamics.

Yes to the Mess is not just a book on jazz, but an organization behavior book, a leadership book, and a team development book.

churchill, roosevelt, stalin, performance review, Toby Elwin, blog

3 performance review politics that always trump merit

Politics trumps those who have shown reliable, merit-based performance.

When rewards are given to those with little merit, but through a host of politics such as cronyism, parochialism, and kleptocracy engagement is sabotagued and have little hope to achieve true engagement.

Merit-based performance would focus on the employee’s behavior that exemplifies excellence or the employee’s behavior that needs attention or improvement. When cronyism, kleptocracy, and parochialism gang up meritocracy has no chance.

Toby Elwin, advice people ignore, blog

Stop giving advice people ignore

At work do you ever say, “let me give you some advice”? If so, do people lean forward with anticipation to hear what you have for advice?

When reviewing a draft ever heard someone tell you, “well, here’s my advice”? If so, do you take a deep breath so as not to lose your cool?

When you gave someone advice was your advice followed? The point of communication: action. Advice alludes to an option, not expected action.