Best Blogs 27 März 2015

Welcome to #BestBlogs, the weekly curation of the world of work. The latest ideas on organization life, collaboration and our personal power in worklife from practitioners around the globe are collected here so you too may become more effective, perhaps even more satisfied, in career. Every week our theme emerges organically and this week our … Continue reading Best Blogs 27 März 2015

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Little Things

Words matter. Not long ago I found myself on a conference call working through a professional association matter. On the other end were people that I knew but just slightly: I like them but didn't have a great deal of history with them. Just as the call started a voice came on and said, "Hi … Continue reading Little Things

The Power of No

Like you I tend to stay busy.Work, social life, community activities and so on can lead to many full days. And since I do freelance speaking and consulting as well I can stay in overdrive.If I let my self.One of the advantages of age, and there are many, is that you finally start to clarify … Continue reading The Power of No

Go For It

What are you waiting for? In the movie Tin Cup, Rene Russo pines that's she's never been with a guy who "went for it." Linda Hart, turning in an outstanding performance as the former paramour of Rene's current affections turns to her and deadpans, "Honey, he's your guy." Notwithstanding the sheer male fantasy of the … Continue reading Go For It

Best Blogs 20 Mars 2015

Welcome to #BestBlogs, the weekly curation of the world of work. The latest ideas on organization life, collaboration and our personal power in worklife from practitioners around the globe are collected here so you too may become more effective, perhaps even more satisfied, in career. Every week our theme emerges organically and this week our … Continue reading Best Blogs 20 Mars 2015

Mostly Right

Be mostly right. Twenty-five years ago I got a copy of a "one-pager" from one of my bosses about being successful as a manager. Anyone who matriculated at P&G (Procter & Gamble) as I did - proudly - remembers the axiom and absolute of the one-pager: if you can't fit it on one page you … Continue reading Mostly Right

Mgmnt 101

Let's tell the truth. One of the greatest myths being perpetrated, packaged and sold to unsuspecting professionals today is that there is something wrong with management as art and science. Somehow, over the last generation or so, we have created a story that holds management and managers are bad and leadership is good. Death to … Continue reading Mgmnt 101

Best Blogs 13 Marzo 2015

Welcome to #BestBlogs, the weekly curation of the world of work. The latest ideas on organization life, collaboration and our personal power in worklife from practitioners around the globe are collected here so you too may become more effective, perhaps even more satisfied, in career. Every week our theme emerges organically and this week centers … Continue reading Best Blogs 13 Marzo 2015

I Miss My Friend

In memory

Carlos Escobar

JHR

On Saturday morning, I received a call from my director, who broke the news that my friend Janet had passed away overnight.

Janet was an incredible blessing, the kind of person who lived abundantly. There was always a place for you at her table, literally and metaphorically. She was open to everyone, and yet held her family and friends closest to her when she was faced with insurmountable health challenges.

I worked with Janet and was also lucky enough to call her my friend. We greeted each other as “Buddy”, we took walk breaks at work, we shared a thousand inside jokes, we talked endlessly about “The Walking Dead” and we played Words With Friends long after it stopped being cool.

We laughed more than our fair share. We made fun of life and work much more than we probably should have. We used our unofficial team catchphrase of “can’t…

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Moving On

I'm sorry. Yesterday I wrote a blog about engagement that apparently engaged some people. See what I did there? That was a literary device. Cool, huh? Anyway, my essential point yesterday was that engagement is not an extrinsic activity: it is not something we "do" to people. It is, in my view, a function or … Continue reading Moving On