This year marks some significant birthdays in my family. My dad turned 90 this year, my youngest of four sisters turned 60, my youngest brother turned 50, and early this fall my son will turn 30. It was also 10 years ago today that we started a small organization development practice with the simple thought
I have heard the word, Belonging, used several times in relation to employee engagement. Pat Wadors, Senior VP of Global Talent for LinkedIn, believes that Belonging is one of the three key factors that drives employee engagement; it is “the feeling that you can bring your authentic self to work [and that] you are valued
The other day, one of my associates commented, “Robert, in all the years I have known you, I do not think I have ever heard you swear.” I believe that is a good thing. However, I was simply quoting what had been brought up not once, but three separate times at recent Thought Leader sessions
Do the shoemaker’s children always have to go barefoot? Have you ever thought to ask a leader, “how much do you love your employees, and do you show them you care?” In celebration of February 14th, the day dedicated to love here in the US and most of the world, it is a wonderful time
Sicora Consulting has worked with hundreds of organizations and teams on various employee engagement models for decades. In the fall of 2016 we decided to hit the pause button to see if there was a better way to offer a more balanced engagement model that employees could take greater action on. So, we did a
Since the beginning of the year, I have had the opportunity to hear a variety of speakers address the topic of Purpose. Purpose is defined as: n – the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists. v – have as one’s intention or objective. At two separate events, preeminent
I appreciate how much the term “balance” has been used in conversations, writings, and presentations. I looked up the definitions to gain a deeper understanding of the meaning of the word; and the application it has relative to leadership and organizational development. Noun: An even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright
As the new year has kicked off, the one question that has come up more than any other by organization and team leaders has been, how can we create a stronger culture of accountability in 2017 and beyond? Setting goals, creating alignment, and having goals cascade throughout the organization is critical in ensuring success for
At the beginning of every year we often think of ways to improve and refresh our lives. Personal goals such as spending more time with family or vowing to work out more are wonderful aspirations, but what about work ambitions? What can we do to refresh and start our jobs in the new year with
Over the past few weeks, the theme of Care and Caring have come up in many ways: care shown when family and friends come together during the holidays, care put forth for others in a time of need, and genuine care demonstrated in the workplace accommodating staff wanting to spend time with their loved ones.
Over the past weekend I enjoyed thinking of the power of gratitude, and reading up on different pieces of research over the years that speak to what it does for our brain and to other individuals when we show gratitude. In this resent article in Inc. magazine they reference a body of research conducted by
For the past twenty years I have worked with hundreds of organizations, thousands of teams, and over 500,000 employees to help create a culture of engagement. As a result of this work I have come up with a model of engagement that takes a very actionable, sustainable, and balanced approach to continuous employee engagement. Organizations
For those of us north of the Gulf, October is a time to pull in the sails and get ready for winter; it is also a time for reflection as we are surrounded by fall colors. I recently took a trip down to Charleston Harbor from Minnesota to run a Discover the Leader Within session
Sit back and enjoy a sail with us. Dr. Robert T. Sicora shares the origins of the Helm with us and how the methodology can impact you as an individual as well as your organization. Contact us and be part of the LeaderShip at the Helm Crew
A few weeks ago, I joined the chaotic and energized crowd of Hamilton fans and got a seat to the hottest ticket on Broadway. Needless to say, the show was phenomenal! The music was exhilarating, the story both heart-wrenching and heart-warming, there is a hip-hop number with dancing colonial soldiers and (I did not know this before),
The image card activity is one of the more powerful group activities that I enjoy facilitating with other leaders. If you aren’t familiar the game it’s fairly simple – the participants are invited to go to a large table and pick from a series of images that are spread out in front of them. They
I want to officially extend an invitation to everyone to Discover the Leader Within and join the Crew of LeaderShip at the Helm. LeaderShip at the Helm is a community of practice of human resource and organization development professionals, but most importantly it is made up of leaders just like you. Leaders of organizations, leaders
Dr. Robert T. Sicora and the LeaderShip at the Helm Crew invite you to join us to Discover your Leader Within. These half-day sessions are open to all individuals who want to develop a better understanding of their own brand of leadership. Join us as we use Insights and LeaderShip at the Helm tools to
Often, I get asked how you can keep the finger on the pulse of engagement in real time, and how you get to the core of engagement for people – especially millennials. This question is always very exciting, because I love exploring different questions that are asked to measure engagement of employees. Even more so,
This is the second in a blog series discussing some of my findings over twenty years of conducting employee engagement debriefs and action planning, most of which was done using the Gallup Q12. This month, Q2 – ‘I have the materials and equipment I need to do my work right.’ When we think of the questions falling
Dr. Robert T. Sicora discusses the power of Insights Discovery® and how this tool fits into the LeaderShip at the Helm methodology and his practice. Interested in learning more? Head over to the section on Insights® or Contact Us Here.
One idea many of us have heard is the benefit in creating goals and objectives that are SMART. Google will give you quite a few definitions of the “SMART objective,” and in fact, you may have some of your own (I would love to hear your definitions/variations). Most of the time, the “SMART objective” will
Those that know and have worked with me understand the passion I have for creating alignment throughout an organization, and the most important form of alignment to me is of an employee to the overall mission and vision of an organization. Co-missioning is a critical way to capture the head, the hands, and most of
I have been traveling to the islands since I was twelve. In high school, between trips to the beach, I flew small planes around and between the islands. During college, I spent a semester at Kapiolani Community College studying business and waiting tables at the Plaza Club. These past few years as I finished my
This past month I have been re-watching Ken Burn’s award winning documentary on the Civil War. http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/civil-war/ During the documentary it spelled out President Lincoln’s proclamation of Thanksgiving. http://www.abrahamlincolnonline.org/lin…/speeches/thanks.htm “It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the
55 years ago today, my brother Tom was born. Six short years ago, he became the inspiration behind what many of you know as LeaderShip at the Helm, as he battled cancer. Today, in celebration of his birthday, I launch the fresh Sicora Consulting, Inc website and LeaderShip at the Helm and logo. Looking forward
Presenting at EGOS (European Group for Organizational Studies) Conference in Rotterdam, Netherlands… initial findings of my research on Personality Styles and Culture of Trust. Please contact me if you would like to learn more.
Having managed learning and development budgets that have been as large as 22 million dollars, and as little as $0, I have learned the value of a well constructed learning intervention that has ‘stickiness’.
Last month I had the opportunity to listen to Harry Kraemmer speak at an event in Chicago prior to me running an Insights session for an organization’s emerging leaders. The organization asked Harry to speak on his book “From Values to Action”.
There are all sorts of networking software tools out there right now: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter… the list goes on and on, but does anything replace getting out and truly meeting people and developing relationships?