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Take my 20 best people, and virtually overnight, Microsoft becomes a mediocre company.” -Bill Gates, Microsoft

Several years ago, I was facilitating a talent review meeting with a room full of executives.

After hours of great dialogue, we

Leadership at the lake

Posted by Mark Sorrels on January 1, 2000
Category: Blog, Leadership

© 2015 Mark T. Sorrels Smallmouth bass, walleye, canoes and lakes; I just returned from a fishing trip to Minnesota’s northern border with Ontario. While there, I knew there must be a leadership lesson or two to be learned from the north woods. And “by golly” after returning home, one simple lesson became clear that I had not identified before or during the trip. In order to make the trip happen, someone had to have a vision of fishing the great lakes and rivers of the north. Someone had to inspire others to go. Someone had to plan the route

It seems odd to consider Baby Boomers the elder statesmen of the current workforce. They were always the cool kids, the Pepsi Generation who brought the world Peace & Love, Woodstock, Motown, Yuppies, the minivan and the tech revolution. They are the generation that has fought getting older with the tenacity of a young child kicking and screaming not to leave a favorite haunt. Now the youngest “baby” in the boomer group is turning 51 and the other four generations in the workplace are steadfastly nipping at Boomers’ heels to move on. Boomers have been trendsetters at every period of their

The success of executive teams rests with each member knowing two things:

Who do you picture when I mention “business intern”?  An intern has traditionally been a young person in a learning position, either paid or unpaid. Many businesses have initiated internship programs as a way of screening potential employees. In the changing multigenerational work environment, there are now blurred lines between employment and retirement affecting job titles like “intern.”   In the new Nancy Meyers film coming out next week entitled The Intern, starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway, we witness a flip-the-script relationship between the two stars. The story begins with a 70+ retired widower who answers an ad

The new buzzword in Corporate America is “EI”—Emotional Intelligence. It relates directly to my mission in helping companies assist their employees who may have a mental illness or face substance abuse issues. Emotional Intelligence is the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others. What is the business payoff? According to Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ “…emotional intelligence accounts for 80 percent of career success.”  “EI” embraces three skills: 1. Emotional awareness, including the ability to identify your own

Earlier this year, McDonald’s announced one of the worst years in it’s recent history.

During the results conference call the CEO, as