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Management Courage, part one

Podcast with international management and training consultant, Margaret N. Morford

 
Margaret Morford, The HR Edge Margaret Morford

If you can't attract gen y'ers to your business, you can expect to close your company in ten years' time." - Margaret Morford

According to Margaret Morford in a special Two Part Leadership Channel podcast on Total Picture Radio, "Today's workplace is in serious crisis. Thanks to management strategies that dangerously lag behind the times, workplaces are demoralized, under-performing, and failing to attract and retain the outstanding employees necessary for success."

Margaret N. Morford is President for The HR Edge, Inc., an international management consulting and training company. Her presentation at the SHRM Annual Conference titled: Management Courage — Having the Heart of a Lion Workplace Application: is the title of Margaret Morford's session at SHRM where she presented concepts that exceptional managers must possess: "Management Courage." Many of the principles Margaret discussed in New Orleans are from her book Management Courage: Having the Heart of a Lion published in 2006.

Questions We Asked in Part One:

  • "Today's workplace is in serious crisis. Thanks to management strategies that dangerously lag behind the times, workplaces are demoralized, under-performing, and failing to attract and retain the outstanding employees necessary for success." That's a quote from your book, and the SHRM program in New Orleans. Do you get more buy-in to that assessment today from your audiences, than you did back in 2006?
  • From our good friend and sponsor, Stan Smith at Deloitte: "The workforce has changed but the workplace has not...I believe this is largely due to a lack of management courage to seriously consider much less adopt new ways of doing business...why is this so and what can we do about it?"
  • Principle One from your presentation - Not only being honest but being most honest. What do you mean by this?
  • A bullet point from your presentation "treat people equitably, not identically - I think managers really struggle with this - can you expand on this concept?
  • What did you hear at the SHRM conference that -- inspired you? depressed you? challenged you?
  • One thing I've heard from many executives... people are nailed to their chairs. They're terrified to go anywhere. What are some strategies for dealing with the constant stress at work?
  • You use the term "soul-sucking" situations. Advising people to leave jobs when the culture isn't right. In this economy, How?
  • For those currently in transition, do you have any advice when interviewing?

Margaret N. Morford Biography

Margaret is President for The HR Edge, Inc., an international management consulting and training company. Her clients have included Lockheed Martin, Chevron, Time Warner, Sara Lee Foods, Home and Garden Television, Nationwide Insurance, NAPA Auto Parts, New York Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell & Columbia Medical Centers), U.S. Marine Corps, Deloitte, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Vanderbilt University, and many more.

Previous to owning her own company, Margaret was Sr. Vice President, Human Resources Consulting for a national consulting firm out of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She has a BS degree from the University of Alabama and a JD degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Law. She has worked as an attorney, specializing in employment law as well as been Vice President of Human Resources for three large companies. She is often quoted as a business expert in newspapers and magazines across the country including Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, USA Today and Entrepreneur and appears regularly on local ABC, CBS and Fox television affiliates. She is the author of the videos Running with the Big Dogs - How to Make HR a Strategic Player and The Confident Supervisor as well as the business book, Management Courage - Having the Heart of a Lion."

Peter Clayton

About Peter Clayton

Peter Clayton, Producer/Host, is an award-winning producer/director of radio, television, documentary, video, interactive and Web-based media who has created breakthrough media for a wide array of Fortune 100 clients.

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