Translation - An Essential Leader Competency

Translation - An Essential Leader Competency

I used to work for a company that hired a lot of translators. But they weren't linguists. 

The role was one of "forward support representative." A former soldier would serve as liaison between the engineers designing new technology and the soldiers using it. 

Why was this job even created? Because engineers and soldiers do not speak the same language. Sure, in the U.S. they're all speaking English, but they are not speaking the same language. 

"Why Are You Here?" Jumpstarting Meetings and More

"Why Are You Here?" Jumpstarting Meetings and More

I've got this stack of Fast Company hard copies that I'm slowly working through. Very slowly. I was in a 2014 issue, and a blurb by Stephanie Vozza caught my eye. She shared ways to make meetings better, faster, and more fun. Under "Faster," she shared author Dick Axelrod's idea of "asking participants to share what they need to do or say to be fully attentive." Good stuff. 

Leaving Value on the Table - The Latent ROI of Workplace Assessments

Leaving Value on the Table - The Latent ROI of Workplace Assessments

I've taken a lot of assessments...

But are we getting our money's worth? 

Companies often use assessments for hiring, but nothing else. Individuals may not even see their own results. In other cases, we see them, but they end up in a drawer. When this happens, we leave value on the table.