What Will the Post-Pandemic Workforce Look Like?

Gustavo Grodnitzky Employee Engagement, Organizational Culture

During the coronavirus pandemic, an unprecedented number of Americans started working remotely. So what happens now that vaccines and falling case numbers are making it possible to return to the office? There’s a hotly contested debate. On one side, you have Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, who believes the new workforce will look like the old, pre-pandemic, office-based workforce. …

When a Culture Clash Hits Home

Gustavo Grodnitzky Culture Trumps Everything

“Culture Trumps Everything” is more than the title of my book. It is how I see the world, how I process information, how I evaluate the behavior of others. Last week, though, I got a painful reminder of its caveats. The People Who Don’t Adapt If you take someone who is loud and boisterous, and you walk them into a …

Leading Difficult People, Part 4: The Argumentative Person

Gustavo Grodnitzky Employee Engagement, Self-Care

Argumentative people find energy and excitement in conflict. They are always willing to argue and fight, and they look for people who’ll step into the ring. Sometimes it’s actually good to have people like this around. They can help us refine our logic and strengthen our resolve. Organizational studies have found that when CEOs are looking to nominate their own …

Leading Difficult People, Part 3: The Narcissist

Gustavo Grodnitzky Employee Engagement, Self-Care

We’ve all seen them, heard them or even worked for them: people who think they are truly above others. They are great. They are superior. The things they do are very special or the absolute best. They recoil when they are told they are wrong. And they turn aggressive in the face of a real or perceived afront. I’m talking …

Leading Difficult People, Part 2: The Stubborn Ones

Gustavo Grodnitzky Employee Engagement, Self-Care

We’ve all experienced stubborn people at some point in our careers. Once they have made a decision, their position becomes like a piece of granite. You won’t have much luck trying to move them by brute force. But what you can do is hand them a hammer and chisel and convince them that they have the capacity to use those …