Service

Who do you serve?Not long ago I worked with a client - I'm always vague so as not to breach confidentiality - and I was immeresed in old school HR I thought we'd left behind.Now, before I use this group as a good example of a bad example, let me remind the gentle reader I … Continue reading Service

Umber

The witching hour arrives. This last week before Daylight Saving time is a nice one if you're an early riser like me. Elf sets the tone be stirring around 4 insisting on her nocturnal prowl and I let her out the back door to explore her kingdom. Somewhere between then and 5 I finally rise … Continue reading Umber

Party Time

You could be Dracula.This snippet of a conversation was overheard the other day as the office Halloween party nears. I'd forgotten as my schedule has me in anther office that day but most people haven't. It's a big deal.I'm not sure why.As a kid in the US we slung pillowcases over our shoulders to garner … Continue reading Party Time

Best Blogs 24 October 2014

Welcome to #BestBlogs, the weekly curation of the world of work.The latest ideas on organization life, personal collaboration and the politics of work from practitioners around the globe are collected here so you may become more effective, perhaps even more satisfied, in career.Every week our theme emerges organically and this edition includes some of the … Continue reading Best Blogs 24 October 2014

All That Glitters

Beware shiny objects.I have a friend who's easily distracted.In fact, two friends like that. While it means they're engaging to speak with since they know a little about a lot, when I work with them I have to guide them continuously lest they get infatuated with anything other than our goal. Their distractions can derail … Continue reading All That Glitters

Plan B

Sometimes you need a Plan B.Not long ago I helped a friend with some work around the house. The truth is I'm pretty handy with home repair and renovation projects and as my ex would tell you, I never met a tool I didn't like.As far as jobs go my friend's request wasn't very difficult … Continue reading Plan B

High Performance

You go girl. Having spent 20 years with the most ubiquitous high tech and consumer products companies in the world, I've learned a thing or two about high performance. I've had the pleasure of working alongside some of the smartest and most creative people around and let me tell you, it's hard to beat smarts. … Continue reading High Performance

Early Morn

Find your peace.It's no secret we all struggle with life's challenges sometimes. Job success, financial demands, romantic woes, illness in ourselves and loved ones. Life indeed, can be a bitch.And yet, hope does spring eternal.Who knows where the eternal optimism springs from, and yet it does, even as we have to recreate ourselves yet again … Continue reading Early Morn

Best Blogs 17 October 2014

Welcome to #BestBlogs, the weekly curation of the world of work. The latest ideas on organization life, personal collaboration and the politics of work from practitioners around the globe are collected here so you may become more effective, perhaps even more satisfied, in career. Every week our theme emerges organically and this edition finds some … Continue reading Best Blogs 17 October 2014

Change Happens

There is no such thing as change management.Frequently, in my field, we talk about change management. In fact, many of my peers are expert in this process and frankly I've turned to them for help in particularly odious cases.Yet the manner in which we talk about change oft implies we have some sort of choice … Continue reading Change Happens