Best Blogs 29 Nov 2013

The Thanksgiving edition of Best Blogs arrives! Weekly we capture posts related to work and organizational life to bring you meaningful content from some of the web's most thoughtful writers. These thinkers are out in front trying new ideas, holding on to what works and in general enriching our ability to manage organization complexity. Best … Continue reading Best Blogs 29 Nov 2013



Work takes a holiday. Readers know I believe in the redemptive value of work. Men and wormen around the globe elevate themselves when engaged in the production of goods, products and services. Many a person has won back a measure of self-discipline and dignity by returning to work or through advancement. Work is a good … Continue reading Working

Holiday Hangover

Laissez les bon temps rouler. Tuesday of a holiday week marks the official beginning of "out of office syndrome." Since this time off phenomenon will occur frequently over the next five weeks let's look at how we can handle its effects. When some in HR hear "Holidays in the office" we shudder in thinking about … Continue reading Holiday Hangover


"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle Hard to beat good old Aristotle for a sound bite. As I write early this morning the soft gentle rain and the burbling rush of the creek rolls just outside my French doors. Living on a creek - … Continue reading Habits


Its nice to be wanted. Just the other day I checked in with a candidate just placed. She was gushing. A seasoned professional with degrees and certifications she wasn't easy to land. But I knew we had the right next step for her career and ultimately we won her over. As we were talking she … Continue reading Wanted

Best Blogs 22 November 2013

Welcome to another edition of Best Blogs, the weekly curation of the world at work. Slowly we begin the transition to fall here in the heart of Texas and in so doing uncover gems all around us bursting with new life for the change of season much as the writers referenced here do. We have … Continue reading Best Blogs 22 November 2013

Exercise Responsibility

By nature I am an optimist. And yet every now and then I come face to face with things that make me shake my head. Not long ago I sat in on a training session with a potential client. While my purpose was to assess the material being used one couldn't help notice the behaviors … Continue reading Exercise Responsibility


What is the nature of commerce? As both a consumer in a consumer-driven economy and an independent contractor I'm exposed to commerce every day. The exchange of goods and services is something I'm very familiar with. What works, and what doesn't? Why do some firms - and individual contributors - last longer than others? Commensurate … Continue reading Commerce

Loving Work

How quickly we forget. Do you remember the feeling you had when you started your new job? The excitement and enthusiasm? Have you looked in the mirror lately to see where that is? Or where it went? Periodically I meet shiny new hires - first day on the job. I'm struck by how most (not … Continue reading Loving Work

Best Blogs 15 November 2013

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to another edition of Best Blogs! This is the weekly curation of workplace blogs dedicated to different thinking, leading perspectives and emerging thought about organization behavior. Writers featured in Best Blogs are practitioners and actively engaged in improving the world of work. They're solving problems, not simply identifying them! Every … Continue reading Best Blogs 15 November 2013