Jenn Foster and Melanie Johnson speak with Marc Schwartz about his book Power Shift. Power Shift gets right to the core of performance issues and lays bare the challenges leaders will face as Generation X and Millennials dominate the workplace – creating a power shift like no modern business has ever experienced.
Consistently low engagement numbers, the increased influence of Millennials in the workplace and clinging to outdated leadership models is creating increased levels of unproductive stress within most companies. And as stress increases, production, effectiveness and even retention go down. Too many companies today are like the lobster in the pot where the heat is being turned up so gradually that the lobster never struggles to survive, and never knows that it’s about to lose its life and end up on someone’s dinner plate. Like all living things, the longevity of an organization depends on its overall health and, just as with all living organisms, factors for achieving and maintaining health can be measured, and if not ideal, can be adjusted with the right interventions. For example, pH balance is critical in almost all living organisms. In humans, the range is 7.35 to 7.45. Anything outside that range results in illness and, if not corrected, death.
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