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    Stephen M. Paskoff, Esq., is the founder, president and CEO of ELI®, a training company that teaches professional workplace conduct, helping clients translate their values into behaviors, increase…

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28 Mar. 2014 | Comments (0)
Rapid Culture Change Is Possible. March Madness/April Fool's Day Edition
Does your organization need to quickly change its culture in regards to issues involving workplace conduct and ethics? If your goal is to just do the bare minimum to defend your organization from a costly mistake, then here’s a roadmap to get you started.

14 Mar. 2014 | Comments (0)
Why Wait For the Law – Stop Bullying Now
I recently participated in a webcast discussing current workplace issues which included bullying or abusive conduct. So far, such behavior, however defined or named, has not been recognized as illegal at the state or federal level.

21 Feb. 2014 | Comments (0)
Tackling Offensive Conduct – Inside and Out of The Locker Room
The NFL has released its investigative report arising out of Jonathan Martin’s claim that his teammates’ abuse forced him to leave the Miami Dolphins last November. Lawyers from a prestigious outside firm spoke with more than a hundred witnesses.

04 Feb. 2014 | Comments (0)
Action Tips for Values-Based Leaders
How do you build an enduring business or enterprise when the world is changing so fast? For years now, I’ve heard leaders from various industries ask their leadership teams that very question. Many answer the question by focusing on products and services that are or will soon be needed.

17 Jan. 2014 | Comments (0)
What We’ll Learn in 2014
A New Year has arrived, and it’s time for predictions. I’ll make one and add some suggestions to help deal with a change I see on the horizon relating to learning investments. My prediction is that organizations will increasingly look at learning effectiveness.

25 Nov. 2013 | Comments (0)
The Honor of Public Service and the Need For Civility
As federal workers struggle with the aftereffects of the shutdown and challenges to their organizations’ budgets, it’s a good time to recall what President John F. Kennedy said about government employment more than 50 years ago.

19 Nov. 2013 | Comments (0)
Jocks, Profs and Docs: Should Incognito’s Behavior Be Considered Foul Play?
Incognito’s language and conduct are way out of bounds for most any workplace environment. Shocking as it is, this reminds me of behavioral patterns I’ve seen among top-ranked medical professionals, educators, and others.

04 Nov. 2013 | Comments (0)
How to Build a Healthy Website, Power Plant, or Workplace: Lessons from The ACA Website
Irrespective of party affiliation, I’m willing to bet that most Americans are, at the very least, irked over the failure of the ACA website to effectively launch after the government invested hundreds of millions of dollars to create it. What caused this to happen?

28 Oct. 2013 | Comments (0)
Can Ethical Behavior Be Taught?
Recently, I’ve found myself speaking to several professional groups about whether ethics and professionalism can be taught. The good news is that, yes, these subjects can be instructed. However, there’s more to consider than simply teaching these concepts.

04 Oct. 2013 | Comments (0)
Will This Change Our Culture?
Success is not linear – there will be quick accomplishments, setbacks, even some stalls or reversals. If you advise a leader considering a people-treatment initiative to build or enhance standards of civility, ethics, and inclusion, here are the questions he or she will probably ask you.

20 Sep. 2013 | Comments (0)
When Leaders Mean It
How do you know when an organization is really committed to a culture change initiative? I believe the lodestar boils down to this: whether it’s being led by or simply given token support by senior leaders.

12 Sep. 2013 | Comments (0)
When Facetime Matters
Just as technology has changed how we read newspapers, listen to music, and watch TV shows, movies, and other content-rich events, it’s also altered the academic and workplace classroom and how we deliver learning.

04 Sep. 2013 | Comments (0)
More Than 50 Shades of Grey at Work – Part One
Clear, obvious, “black-and-white” people issues are relatively rare. However, when they surface, we know what must happen. Though grey issues are, by definition, less obvious than blatant harms, in their own way, they can be just as insidious.

20 Aug. 2013 | Comments (0)
Sustaining What We Learn; Changing What We Do: What Neurobiology Can Teach Us
How much of what we learn do we remember, and, how do we make sure that what we learn has an enduring impact on our behavior? Neurobiologists from the best institutions study these questions.

01 Aug. 2013 | Comments (0)
Thoughts on the Global Workplace from Hanoi
During my stay in Hanoi, I learned at least as much as I taught. Surprisingly, I found that much of what is applicable in terms of core behavioral standards and expectations in the U.S., Europe, and South America also translates in Asia, and likely other global locales, as well.

24 Jul. 2013 | Comments (0)
Supreme Court Rulings Won’t Resolve Workplace Business Problems
As it finished up its historic term in June, the Supreme Court issued several rulings whose impact, many practicing employment lawyers say, will relieve organizations from the burden of rising workplace harassment and retaliation claims. I’m a contrarian here.

18 Jun. 2013 | Comments (0)
When Culture Killers Are Top Performers
I’ve worked with “culture killers.” In some organizations, those who are responsible for big revenues or have important technical skills, can, through their demeaning or abstract behavior and apparent invulnerability, undermine the work and commitment of many.

12 Jun. 2013 | Comments (0)
Sexual Assaults in the Military and Mission Effectiveness
The news has recently been reporting on the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and rape in the military. While the conduct may not appear to be occurring with the same pervasiveness in business, there are still profound lessons for business leaders.

23 May. 2013 | Comments (0)
Restoring Workplace Trust, Part II
In the past several weeks, two stories have tarnished the reputation of our military and the Internal Revenue Service. While the facts are still emerging, it’s clear that certain steps will have to be taken to address the harm each has caused.

10 May. 2013 | Comments (1)
Restoring Workplace Trust
At ELI®, we’ve been talking to and surveying senior executives and other business leaders about issues in their workplaces. A common concern amongst business leaders is high employee distrust of both their organizations and leadership.

30 Apr. 2013 | Comments (0)
Training, Framing, Retaining, Sustaining
How is it that some learning initiatives are geared to delivering messages which participants absorb and apply, while others fail without generating business results, wasting both time and money in the process?

22 Apr. 2013 | Comments (0)
The Final Four Verdict – Rutgers Fouls Out
Rutgers is a fine institution which is committed to building a respectful community. Parsing abusive conduct without regard to its impact on that community, its organizational values, reputation, and overall brand is narrow, shortsighted, and unworthy of the University.

09 Apr. 2013 | Comments (0)
Does Stealing Attention Violate Your Code of Conduct?
Codes of conduct cover just about everything. They span a wide swath of legal and operational territory, so let me suggest one more rule to prevent workplace behavior which drains productivity, creativity and efficiency.

12 Mar. 2013 | Comments (0)
Georgia March Madness Meets Watergate: Egil Krogh’s Leadership Lessons
I attended a sobering presentation on ethics delivered by Egil Krogh, one of the White House officials convicted of conspiring to violate civil rights during the Watergate crisis. Krogh’s message suggests we give greater emphasis to basic leadership and citizenship.

06 Mar. 2013 | Comments (0)
Power Hungry in Today's Workplace
We talk about performance as being the key metric which drives decisions. Yet, too many choices are still guided by irrelevancies or illegalities. We can have every smart device available – or soon to be created – but they don’t eliminate our own biases; they magnify and reveal them.

22 Feb. 2013 | Comments (0)
Reaching The Learning Resistant
What effective learning must do is address conceptual resistance to critical principles. Often, it’s this underlying disagreement which causes individuals not to apply what they have been taught, concluding important lessons are impractical or against their own values or leadership instincts.

13 Feb. 2013 | Comments (0)
MOOCs and Workforce Training: Does Technology Create Competency?
In academia, Massive Open Online Courses are now either the latest college fad or a seismic change akin to eliminating parietals and creating mixed male/female dorms. To an extent, online training already exists in the workplace. Yet, school and work are not the same.

28 Jan. 2013 | Comments (0)
Lance’s Lot: The Cost of Fraud
Every organization has rules. However, many rules are only enforced retroactively, after the damage is already done. We need to think more about the costs of our actions before we do them and temper our desire to win with integrity.

17 Jan. 2013 | Comments (0)
When HR and Legal Worlds Collide
Between your human resource and legal advisers, which group is more likely to say: “It looks like we’re in pretty good shape?" Of the two groups, lawyers are generally more likely to see the state of the workplace landscape this way.

10 Jan. 2013 | Comments (0)
New Year Equals New Rules For New Communications
Who doesn’t want to increase productivity, cut waste, reduce spending, improve teamwork and inclusion, and decrease risk? Here are eight suggestions regarding electronic communication, which don’t cost a dime. Spread these suggestions throughout your organization for huge payoffs.

16 Nov. 2012 | Comments (0)
Scandal Reflex: Focus on the Leaders
I was visiting with my friend just as two scandals broke. Lockheed Martin’s incoming CEO, Christopher Kubasik, resigned his position as a result of having a “close personal relationship” with a subordinate. Then, General David Petraeus’ resignation as Director of the CIA hit the news.

12 Oct. 2012 | Comments (0)
Revisiting Penn State: You Call (or Text or Email or See) Me
Jerry Sandusky has been sentenced for acts of sexual abuse committed against young boys at Penn State. Most likely, he’ll spend the rest of his life behind bars. How could this have happened, and how could so many signs have been ignored?

05 Oct. 2012 | Comments (0)
Don’t Give Them What They Want
Considering learner preference is one of many choices to consider, but it is an abdication of leadership responsibility to let students determine what delivery systems work best for them when there may be more effective ways for them to master critical knowledge and applications.

28 Sep. 2012 | Comments (0)
Time to Talk Politics at Work
Conventional workplace wisdom says keep politics out of the workplace — it’s too divisive, breeds bad feelings, and limits productivity. There are two problems with this counsel.

06 Sep. 2012 | Comments (0)
Bullying, Power, and Safety
All along the workforce spectrum, bullying affects productivity, morale, teamwork, efficiency, problem solving, and, ultimately, safety in relation to employees and the public. Virtually every organization needs to include “respect for each other” as a core value.

10 Aug. 2012 | Comments (0)
Fly Fishing and Workplace Learning
I bike, I hike, I exercise a lot, but I don't fish – at least not very often. The "simple" casting movement takes a lot of practice, skill, and touch. What's this have to do with workplace learning, particularly on topics where leadership skill and communication are involved? Everything.

06 Aug. 2012 | Comments (0)
My German Shepherd, Memphis, and Sustaining What We Learn
As I sit here writing this blog, it’s occurred to me that everything I need to know about creating sustained learning I can learn from Memphis – Memphis being my five-year-old German Shepherd, who is resting by my chair, as she does every morning.

25 Jul. 2012 | Comments (0)
Sustaining Behavioral Change at Work – Technology Meets On-the-Job Leading and Teaching
How do we sustain what we teach? That’s the most frequent question I hear when it comes to workplace learning on civility, inclusion, and compliance. Cost and productivity are constantly being balanced against the urgent need to deliver key messages that result in lasting behavioral change.

21 Jun. 2012 | Comments (1)
Rapid Culture Change: The Lessons I've Learned
Most management books will tell you that culture change is extremely difficult and takes a long time. But I’ve been through experiences where cultures changed almost overnight, and wondered if we could learn from those events.

14 Jun. 2012 | Comments (0)
Lessons from a 40-Year Reunion: What We Learn and Apply
Last weekend, I attended my 40th year reunion of the Hamilton College. I thought about the lessons I’ve carried forward in my career from my time in college, and why they’ve stayed with me. Two of these lessons stand out the most.

23 May. 2012 | Comments (0)
Make it Matter. Make it Simple. Make it Stick
Have you taken a class, gone through a webinar or completed an online module more than a week ago? Quick – don’t check your notes or, review the syllabus – what do you remember? My guess: the more complex and detailed the topic, the less likely it is you’ll recall what you were taught.

04 May. 2012 | Comments (0)
Legality, Civility, Productivity
Civility is critical. However, for several reasons, it is a mistake if we isolate civility, viewing it as being wholly separate and distinct from mandated initiatives dealing with EEO issues. We should think of civility as an umbrella of behaviors that generate a wide range of benefits.

27 Apr. 2012 | Comments (0)
Should You Have An Attention Management Strategy?
Every company today is fighting to attract and retain talent. But there’s another, overlooked, talent war that could yield greater benefits if won, and greater harm if lost. All of our great new forms of communication are eroding our ability to maximize our own talents.

17 Apr. 2012 | Comments (0)
Fighting Workplace Spam – Our Own
They pop in your mailbox. You get more of them a day than you can absorb and remember. They don’t communicate much of value or interest – but they are there and they impact your effectiveness. If this sounds familiar, you’ve been spammed.

06 Apr. 2012 | Comments (0)
Conquering Fear and Workplace Retaliation
You might expect I’d be writing about how fear drives employees to remain silent even as they see hazards and potential catastrophes grow like poisonous weeds around them. But for a change, let’s take a step back and focus on the fear that triggers retaliation.

21 Mar. 2012 | Comments (0)
Selling Women’s Shoes — A Guide to Culture Change At Work
A common complaint mentioned on engagement surveys is that managers don’t welcome, listen, and respond to concerns, which means problems fester and good ideas to go unheard.

13 Mar. 2012 | Comments (0)
Community Learning at Work
Colleagues are often your best tutors. They’re the ones who can give you a different perspective, challenge your assumptions, or explain an issue in a way that is specific to the work you do

27 Feb. 2012 | Comments (0)
Teach Trust First
A few weeks ago, the EEOC released its annual charge filing and resolution statistics. The report tracks case trends from 1997 through 2011.

23 Feb. 2012 | Comments (0)
Curbing Wasteful Compliance Training
I’m writing this blog as I sit in a cavernous auditorium with 14 other Georgia attorneys. This experience reinforces my belief that a lot of required training wastes money, time and attention.

14 Feb. 2012 | Comments (0)
Going Nuclear – To More Safe Power For Georgia’s People
Within the week, I read two headlines whose pairing is striking.

06 Feb. 2012 | Comments (0)
Subtle Bias From Grade School to the Workplace
In our workplaces, now in 2012, we’re making a huge mistake if we focus only on outrageous actions without addressing so-called "grey" areas whose impact is brutal and lasting.

30 Jan. 2012 | Comments (0)
New Rules of Gravity for Today’s Leaders
How does it happen that brilliant leaders act so mindlessly and how do you prevent their self-initiated destruction and the damage they leave behind

23 Jan. 2012 | Comments (0)
Apple Takes A Bite At Learning
This will revolutionize the educational and, ultimately, business learning industries.

17 Jan. 2012 | Comments (0)
Learning As Punishment – Sound Engaging?
When it comes to training on workplace compliance and ethical issues, too much of our learning is like this, presented as infrequent punishment rather than an ongoing experience intended to benefit adult learners.

09 Jan. 2012 | Comments (0)
2012: The Year of Retaliation or Professionalism and Courage
Preventing retaliation has to be approached from a cultural point of view linked to improving business and professional outcomes.

02 Jan. 2012 | Comments (0)
12 Prescriptions NOT Predictions for 2012
Predictions are as common as hangovers at the start of the New Year and usually just as useful.

27 Dec. 2011 | Comments (0)
Click, Click, Click Revisited – Complete That Training or No Bonus For You
The good news is that business has picked up.

26 Dec. 2011 | Comments (0)
Blinded by Human Nature and Compliance
Unless we rethink compliance processes, compliance will continue to mean compliance with an unspoken drive to conform rather than act to prevent catastrophe.

26 Dec. 2011 | Comments (0)
Can Those HR People Help Us Build Our Tanks?
When professionals staffing those functions are viewed as unnecessary at best and a drag on productivity at worst, it's generally caused by one key professional shortcoming.

20 Dec. 2011 | Comments (0)
Locker Room Leadership - Is That a Winning Workplace Strategy?
We discussed values, culture and the role of speaking up in the face of organizational misdeeds.

12 Dec. 2011 | Comments (0)
When Crisis Strikes
Are we aware of potential disasters waiting to happen?

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