Fabrizio Lapira

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Workspaces That Move People

Artwork: Michael Wolf, The Transparent City 93, 2008, France<p>In Silicon Valley the tight correlation between personal interactions, performance, and innovation is an article of faith, and innovators are building cathedrals reflecting this. Google’s new campus is designed to maximize chance …

A Successful International Assignment Depends on These Factors

The prospect of an international assignment can be equal parts thrilling and alarming: Will it make or break your career? What will it do to your life at home and the people you love? When you’re thinking about relocating, you start viewing questions of work and family — difficult enough under …

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Trouble with the Curve? Why Microsoft is Ditching Stack Rankings

“No more curve,” said Lisa Brummel, Microsoft’s EVP of HR last week, curtly dismissing Microsoft’s much-derided but iconic practice of ranking each team member on a forced distribution. This was big news, the lead of many a business section. After all, this practice of “stack ranking,” of being …

Stop Worrying About Making the Right Decision

Much of my work as a coach involves helping people wrestle with an important decision. Some of these decisions feel particularly big because they involve selecting one option to the exclusion of all others when the cost of being “wrong” can be substantial: <i>If I’m at a crossroads in my career, which</i> …

Disruptive Innovation - Who Stole Lego's Market?

If you are a fan of disruptive innovation, here is a great story for you.<p>It’s about a crime committed in Ystad in Southern Sweden, which anyone who is a fan of Scandi-noir will know is the home town of Kurt Wallander, a fictional detective created by Henning Mankell.<p>The perpetrator is a 35-year old …

New Managers: 5 Ways To Stop Negative Office Gossip

Being a new manager can be tough because it often includes stepping into situations that are outside your comfort zone, such as handling negative office gossip. Dealing directly and swiftly with the perpetrators, meeting with your staff and encouraging positive gossip (not the negative kind) can …

Consultants Should All Get Real Jobs

I challenge all consultants to spend some time — at least a year — back in a “real” job, working shoulder to shoulder with the same kinds of people who pay for their advice. So few authors and experts are willing to do this, because they’re afraid. They know it’s much harder to be accountable for a …

New Managers: 4 Reasons You Need An 'Open Door' Policy

You’re a new manager. Congratulations! Now you seem to be getting advice from just about everyone and one recommendation has intrigued you – that, as a manager, you should have an “open door” policy. You’ve heard of that term for many years, but you’re wondering how keeping your office door open …

Multitasking Makes Managers Less Thoughtful

Managerial Omelet Anyone?<p>How Interactive Media Can Scramble Your Brain<p>Strategy + Business<p>You’re sitting at a meeting checking your e-mail on your iPad or your texts on your phone. Or, if you’re like the average college student, your attention is divided at least three ways, among the lecturer, your …

Keep Your Name Off That Layoff List

A very important meeting is held, and you’re not invited. At this meeting, a senior leader announces that since targets were not reached, 150 managers will be laid off, and the purpose of this meeting is to create a list identifying exactly who those people will be. The key question for you is, …

The 6 Most Important Things Employees Need From Their Leaders To Realize High Potential

Last week I wrote about how to make leadership and the workplace fun again, and it inspired me to ask a group of 100 high-potential employees what they wanted most from their leaders. Every high-potential works to climb the corporate ladder quickly as they are eager to lead. But even high-potential …

Innovation Isn’t Just About New Products

The innovation mindset isn’t just about product innovation.<p>Some organizations have focused on product innovation for so long they don’t know how to innovate in any other areas. For example, in 2010, Microsoft —one of the world’s best product innovators for the last two decades — launched a social …

You Are What Your Employees Eat

When I started out in the food service business over four decades ago, corporate food was largely cafeteria-style dreck. But today, food is playing a role far beyond just keeping employees fed and sustained. What once was a distraction has become a great way of integrating work and life. In my work …

HR for Neophytes

It’s a worldwide trend that has been under way for nearly a decade: Responsibility for talent management is shifting from HR to frontline executives. The transition is driven partly by cost cutting—head counts in HR departments fell sharply during the Great Recession—but it is also fueled by the …