Self-Awareness

Do you know yourself? Yesterday we talked about maintaining self productivity in the workplace over time. We mentioned that part of the equation was dependent upon good self-awareness (in true blogging excellence I originally referred to it as "god" self-awareness which made a few readers wonder if I was developing a god complex: no, sometimes … Continue reading Self-Awareness

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Managing Yourself

Are you on track? In the past several weeks I've encountered a number of situations with various clients that left me shaking my head a little. In each instance people who should have been higher performing - people who actually had the skill and had previously demonstrated it - had fallen off the rails and … Continue reading Managing Yourself

Best Blogs 24 April 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 its … Continue reading Best Blogs 24 April 2015

Fired Up

Have you ever fired anyone? I have. I hope you never have to do this. Thirty years ago I lost sleep the night before I had to tell someone they weren't coming back. I still do - I hope I never lose that sense of empathy. When I first began my career at Procter & … Continue reading Fired Up

Anti Social

The secret is out. The bloom is off the social media rose. Whether you're a newbie or an old salt (okay, a veteran...) the truth is now becoming apparent: social media has morphed into selling, or advertising, with very little social left. Now, I am not a social media guru - in fact, I don't … Continue reading Anti Social

Engagement Wins

Let's talk about engagement. No, not the connection of employee to work that so many speak of, let's take it down a level, or up, depending on how you look at that. Let's talk people to people. I just left my favorite grocery store - Central Market on N. Lamar in Austin - where engagement … Continue reading Engagement Wins

I Disagree

Are you with me on this? Last week we talked about authenticity. Based on the number of re-tweets, comments and +1's generated it was a more popular topic than I expected, because the point of a non-monetized blog (like this) is to write about what's important, not what's popular. Net, I was pleasantly surprised by … Continue reading I Disagree

Best Blogs 17 Avril 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 17 Avril 2015

Talent

Talent is where you find it.Not long ago, talent was defined in part by length of service. Tenure.  We expected that those who had toiled long and hard at a craft would somehow reach a level of performance most others couldn't. Perhaps. Even Malcolm Gladwell bandied about the 10,000 hour rule as if it were … Continue reading Talent

Authentically Yours

Authentic is problematic. Of late, being authentic is all the rage. Whatever definition you provide to that, it seems every #SoMe mouthpiece has a perspective that says, thou shalt be authentic. Maybe. In the office world - that is to say, political world - being authentic in the raw take-me-as-I-am sense may induce others to … Continue reading Authentically Yours