• About the Author: Brian Gareau

    Brian Gareau is a Senior Fellow, Human Capital at The Conference Board. In this role, Brian supports the Human Capital Practice which includes The Conference Board Human Capital Exchange&tra…

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06 Apr. 2017 | Comments (0)
10 Questions to Assess if Biases are “In” Or “Out” of Control In Your Organization’s Culture? (Part One of Three)
Biases – everyone has them. We carry around implicit biases that impact how we think, feel, and ultimately act. Kept in check or control our biases simply help us unconsciously process millions of bits of information quickly. But when our biases go unchecked, tolerated, or rationalized by our environment and experiences, then quality of decision making, performance, trust and relationships can suffer.

06 Apr. 2017 | Comments (0)
A Post Election Litmus Test For Your Workplace Inclusion
If you take a group of individuals in your organization and explore three factors – personalities, beliefs, and perspectives then you will naturally find many different opinions. It’s healthy. But, too often organizations fall short of full inclusion and its’ potential because of the poor handling of differences of opinion.

31 Mar. 2017 | Comments (0)
Is It Okay To Label Someone a DORK in Your Organization?
If you were around Lou and me for very long, you might hear one of us call the other – Dork! For us, it is a term of endearment and respect based on years of working together. But if you didn’t know that, you might easily think it meant we were insulting each other as inept or foolish. The key to know about this specific ‘labeling’ is we have invested time and effort to build and sustain a strong, mutual respect.

06 Jun. 2016 | Comments (0)
9 Critical Things All Successful Leaders Must Balance
Balance - a condition in which different elements are in the ‘correct’ proportion. We all try to find the ‘correct’ proportion or balance in our life. Work is exactly the same way. As a leader, we must make choices and prioritize every day what we do and don’t do.

14 Apr. 2016 | Comments (0)
6 Important Reminders When Faced with Executing Tough Business Decisions
Current economic times have been described with the acronym VUCA – volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. Very tough, life changing business decisions, such as major job eliminations, layoffs, plant closings, and significant cost reductions, have and will continue to be made.

08 Feb. 2016 | Comments (0)
500 Year Old Lesson for Performance Management
Many organizations struggle with performance management. In fact, research by Deloitte indicates “only 8% of the companies in their survey report that their performance management process drives high levels of value, while 58% say it is not an effective use of time.”

04 Aug. 2014 | Comments (0)
New High Performance Survey Says …
My organization teamed up with ADL Associates to conduct research on a new High Performance model. The new model leverages concepts discovered during Six Sigma’s evolution and 30+ years of corporate experience.

29 May. 2014 | Comments (0)
Do They Believe?
Beliefs are important, in life and in work, because they influence how people think – feel – and ultimately act. So as we enter 2014, here’s a fundamental question to consider – what do your employees believe about the year ahead?

22 May. 2014 | Comments (0)
Is Your “Walk” Engaging Others?
Would you like the ability to better predict ‘fall’ risks in your organization? Look no further than how leaders “walk their talk”? It’s a huge driver of credibility and ultimately influences employees’ commitment, effort, and loyalty.

02 Oct. 2013 | Comments (0)
Rarely Discussed Critical Role in Employee Engagement
Most employee engagement initiatives focus on two elements – what both the organization and leadership must do to maximize the commitment, effort, and loyalty of its workforce. There is still a significant missing element rarely discussed or considered – the role of individual employees.

17 Jun. 2013 | Comments (0)
Employee Engagement: Activity Vs. Result
Last week, one of our area’s small town community newspapers ran an article about a Good Samaritan (GS) trying to locate the owner of an IPhone he found in a store. What caught my attention was the string of ‘activities’ between the GS and the IPhone owner’s son. Here is a quick recap.

03 Jun. 2013 | Comments (0)
Employee Engagement: No Luxury or Fad
In January, The Conference Board announced findings from its’ CEO Challenge 2013. Human capital was named by CEOs as the leading challenge facing businesses today – how best to develop, engage, manage, and retain talent.

25 Apr. 2013 | Comments (1)
“42” – Lessons on Diversity & Inclusion
My wife and I went to see the movie “42” – the story of baseball legend Jackie Robinson. The movie contained many valuable lessons on Diversity & Inclusion. Here are just a few.