the ceo magazine, leadership
Lawrence Polsky and Antoine Gerschel, Managing Partners,

People resist change. Among 1,300 professionals who responded to our 2012 Global Study, 81% reported they say yes to changes but do nothing. A recent glaring example of this is what has become known as the “GE nod.”

GM recently fired 15 people for just nodding yes and doing nothing for years as the company failed to deal with a major safety problem. It took the company 11 years to recall vehicles equipped with a defective ignition switch. One reason: there was “no demonstrated sense of urgency, right to the very end,” according to an internal investigation by former U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas.

the ceo magazine, business management
Jeremy Kingsley, President, OneLife Leadership

For many of us-especially those who had lost count of the polar vortexes by mid-January-winter can't end soon enough.

But the transition is rarely an orderly one. It often starts with a deceptively sunny day in February. Everybody breaks out their light jackets and starts talking about taking walks at lunch, and then a couple of days later comes a blast of freezing temperatures and new snow, which in turn gives way to chilly rain and slush. People trot out the old joke about "if you don't like the weather, just wait five minutes."

Say what you will about Tim Tebow, believe what you want to believe about him because I am not here to sell you on him. I am here to talk about a lesson that became painfully apparent for those watching when he was cut by the New York Jets this off season. It is a lesson to which those of us in the corporate world should pay close attention.



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