Hope

Good morning. It's 4am: Elf has waited patiently for me to realize it's a beautiful morning and let her out to roam, nocturnal being she is. The temperature - as the doors and windows are open - could not be milder, somewhere in the low 60s F (~16C) with a soft breeze from the south … Continue reading Hope

We Give Thanks

It's that time of year. Depending on your point of view the last few weeks of the year range from obsessive commercialism to momentary bouts of religion. Or maybe lots of turkey, beer and football (American). Over time I've found Thanksgiving is that most meanignful holiday, a time for celebration of family, friend and loved … Continue reading We Give Thanks

The Long Way

If you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there. Sooner or later most us gravitate to career paths and follow our disciplines. And, although many of us will change those paths from time to time, it's typically done with foresight and thought. And then there's another group of employees. Recently I … Continue reading The Long Way

Best Blogs 21 November 2014

Welcome to #BestBlogs, the weekly curation of the world of work.The latest ideas on organization life, personal collaboration and the power of work in life 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 week we examine … Continue reading Best Blogs 21 November 2014

Commitment

Are you committed?The many grey hairs I now possess (I suppose I should be thankful for having "many") lead others to think I might have a bit of work a day wisdom to impart and that's true. While my own mistakes are sometimes the source of said learning, I've also understood quite a bit about … Continue reading Commitment

Goodness

Happiness is an inside job. Longtime readers know I often write about satisfaction, contentment and gratitude - variations on the theme of happiness - in relation to work. Now sometimes people get confused: is this guy writing about work, or happiness? Yes.You see, while there may never be a perfect job life isn't designed like … Continue reading Goodness

Best Blogs 14 November 2014

Welcome to #BestBlogs, the weekly curation of the world of work.The latest ideas on organization life, personal collaboration and the power of work in life 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 week we explore … Continue reading Best Blogs 14 November 2014

Burn Rate

What are you looking for? Not long ago a colleague was breaking down her experience with a small but growing firm, and her ultimate decision to withdraw from the application process although she was deep into it. "I didn't want to get burned" she said. Puzzled momentarily with a small explanation I knew exactly what … Continue reading Burn Rate

Want

"I want your life."Startled by the sotto voice I looked up from my chair and said, "S'cuse me?"A man not much younger than me stood a few feet away on the sand looking down at me and said again, "I want your life... Sitting on the beach, reading, a cup of coffee in hand in … Continue reading Want

Curiosity

Is this thing on?Not long ago I was talking with international HR guru Novette Kanaria and we fell to discussing leadership. Turns out amongst all the other attributes that can help both define and predict leadership there is growing consensus about an element we don't often think of: curiosity. Looking back over the cannon of … Continue reading Curiosity