Best Blogs 28 February 2014

Welcome to #BestBlogs, the weekly curation of the world of work.The latest offerings from practitioners around the globe addressing organization life, collaboration and the politics of work are offered here so that you may become more effective - indeed more satisfied - in your career.This edition - each week's theme developing organically on its own … Continue reading Best Blogs 28 February 2014

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SXSW Native

Spring starts in Austin.We know its starting because the bluebonnets are out and SXSW kicks off in just days.Don't know what SX ("south by") is? Google it, or use my new favorite search engine DuckDuckGo - unlike big G, DDG guards your privacy insanely! But I digress.If you've never been to SX here are a … Continue reading SXSW Native

Leaving Leadership

We've got it wrong.Peruse any stream on Twitter or LinkedIn, check out any business mag, attend real or virtual conferences and you'll see we're all about leadership.We've really got a thing for it.Every outlet offers their own twist on what it takes to become and improve as a leader. Heady stuff I'm sure but in … Continue reading Leaving Leadership

Like a Virgin

What are you looking for?Having recruited for years I've seen trends come and go. Behavioral interviewing, personality testing, psychological profiling, stress testing, competency models and so on. Some good, some bad.After decades of hiring in several sectors I believe we're missing the mark: we're not getting into character.What MattersFor more than 30 years the myth … Continue reading Like a Virgin

Best Blogs 21 Feb 2014

Welcome to #BestBlogs, the weekly curation of the world of work.Here we collate the latest offerings from practitioners around the globe addressing organization life, collaboration and the politics of work. In reading we you may become more effective - indeed satisfied - in your career.This edition - each week's theme developing organically on its own … Continue reading Best Blogs 21 Feb 2014

The Witching Hour

Winter is over.Deep in the heart of Texas we have about six days of winter spread over six weeks. While this year seemed worse, it followed that same pattern with pleasant weather all through December albeit a nasty January.We really only have two seasons: summer and not summer. As someone born in the desert I'd … Continue reading The Witching Hour

Let Sleeping Blogs Lie

This morning I wrote a bad blog.This isn't it (I hope).So I re-wrote it. Not good enough either, effort number two was also dispatched to the digital trashcan. Re-write number three now sits in my drafts folder. It will come out sooner or later.But not today: its not ready.What is a Blog?Having written over 250 … Continue reading Let Sleeping Blogs Lie

Pass the Trash

People aren't trash.Some management cultures pass the trash. That is, take non-peformers from one area and send them to another. Indeed, ever the watchdog for the organization, HR sometimes shows the red card then yelling, you can't pass the trash!We do this to protect the receiving corps from assuming trouble unknowingly. Good old HR.Lest I … Continue reading Pass the Trash

Best Blogs 14 February 2014

Welcome to #BestBlogs, the weekly curation of the world of work.Here we collate the latest offerings from practitioners around the globe on organization life, the politics of work and in so doing how you may become more effective - and satisfied - in career. This edition - each week's theme developing on its own organically … Continue reading Best Blogs 14 February 2014

Dirty Word

Passion is a dirty word.Don't believe me? Inject it into an office discussion and watch the battle lines form with believers on one side and haters on the other.There's little middle ground here. The Nature of WorkSome argue that work is simply an evil necessity as we trade labor for dollars. What Daniel Pink would … Continue reading Dirty Word