Sharon Tunstall

Sharon Tunstall
The Role of Luck in a Leader's Success, Part 1

In 2015, the Harvard Business Review ranked Lars Sorensen, CEO of Novo Nordisk, as the best-performing CEO in the world for that year. When most CEOs are asked what makes them and their companies successful, they usually point to a brilliant strategy with hard-nosed, diligent execution and great leadership. Not Mr. Sorensen. When asked what…

Making Hiring Decisions Should Not Be This Hard, Part 2

This is the second and final part of a two-part series. Part one ran last week.  It Gets Worse as We Age According to Gregory Samanez-Larkin, co-director of the Scientific Research Network on Decision Neuroscience and Aging, the way we make decisions changes on a fundamental, physiological level as we age. The brain begins to…

Making Hiring Decisions Should Not Be This Hard, Part 1

It has always been the case that the process for deciding on external hires and even internal moves seems to take a lot of time, particularly for those on the receiving end of these decisions. However, several of our colleagues have recently lamented that the trend towards indecision has become a far more obvious problem…

New Hiring Paradigm Sets Expectations for Immediate Results

In the past, most organizations considered at least the first three months to be a “honeymoon” period where new leaders absorbed the business and navigated the company culture. This seems to have shifted, particularly among the Fortune 100. A senior HR executive at a major automotive manufacturer recently summarized her view on the acculturation period for new leaders: “My honeymoon period for this job was, at best, two weeks. Our expectation is that we hire leaders and expect them to come in and make an immediate impact.”

Leadership and Corporate Responsibility Challenges in 2018

In our previous articles we explored the possibilities of and methods for co-existence of millennials and baby boomers, the value of an older workforce, the importance of corporate culture, and how the explosion of social media is affecting everything we do and everything we think. In 2018, the social media climate is showing no signs…

Managing Corporate Culture and Responsibility in an Era of ‘Explosive’ Messaging, Part 2

Cultures can “drive” organizations in any number of ways with any number of outcomes. American Apparel was built on a culture undergirded by poor management and unhappy employees who, after a promising start and a "60 Minutes" profile, had little, if any, commitment to the health and strength of the organization. The brand grew quickly and, for a time, was admired for providing low cost, “cool” made-in-America apparel. It hit a cultural nerve.

Managing Corporate Culture and Responsibility in an Era of ‘Explosive’ Messaging, Part 1

We're living in an interesting age where “assaulting” ones sensibilities in the political and public realm is somehow being normalized as the role of social media evolves and as behavioral and communication standards seem to erode daily. The impact this change has had on all aspects of personal and corporate behavior and standards is still…

The Importance of Purpose: Value and Volunteerism in the Modern Workplace, Part 2

It's not always a foregone conclusion that those who wish to give their time and energy to a cause can find an opportunity to do so. We've recently offered our time to the academic world as “volunteers” to share our corporate experiences with college students, but haven't been able to “sell” the concept with any consistent results. We believe that most colleges are lacking in the ability to prepare students for the true challenges of the business world, and those who have spent the last 20 years or 30 years successfully managing the shifting sands of the work world offer perspective and experience.

The Importance of Purpose: Value and Volunteerism in the Modern Workplace

We recently attended a leadership and development conference that focused on several nontraditional learning issues impacting the current workplace. We were impressed with some of the messages and several of the speakers. One in particular, Aaron Hurst, resonated because he spoke of the importance of purpose in a world increasingly hard to make sense of…

Anyone Thinking About Tolerance and Empathy in the Workplace?

It may seem to be something of a cliché, but it's nonetheless true: now that communication is driven by social media and technology, many feel they can “say” anything that's on their mind, no matter how politically incorrect (a popular expression these days) the message may be. This is an issue that really touches all…

Why Changing Course ‘Later’ in Your Career Life is Actually a Good Idea, Part 1

Recently, we co-authored an article about baby boomers and millennials, and how and why they do or don’t co-exist in the workplace. This article is actually an outgrowth of our prior research, as well as the lack of substantive research around the topic. Our research for this article leads us to rethink the ways that…

Can Multigenerations Coexist in the Workplace? Part 3

Below is part three of a three-part series that Total Retail Executive has published over the past three weeks. Here are parts one and two to get you caught up. Blending in the Workplace Can the 50-plus generation and millennials coexist in the workplace? Absolutely. And as argued in part two of this series, companies benefit from…

Can Multigenerations Coexist in the Workplace? Part 2

Below is part two of a three-part series that Total Retail Executive will be publishing over three weeks. You can read part one here. Millennials There's no doubt that millennials are now the most active part of the U.S. workforce and are motivated by “different” forces than baby boomers. In summary, millennials don't remember a…

Can Multigenerations Coexist in the Workplace? Part 1

Below is part one of a three-part series that Total Retail Executive will be publishing over the next three weeks.  Within the last two years, there has been a proliferation of analysis about millennials and what motivates them, how they perform in the workplace and what their impact is on workforce culture. This always includes…