Math 101

Can you add and subtract? In the war for talent there are so many top ten lists and theories about engagement it's hard to keep it all straight. Yet, let's start with a simple question: can you add and subtract? Over the years I've worked with hundreds of managers from newly-sanctioned team managers to C-suite … Continue reading Math 101

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Hope

Watch the children. Right outside my door is a running path that goes around a small pond, skirts the edge of two hospitals and eventually meanders past a pretty good-sized playground at the edge of a large market. The playground is usually full, other than school days and times. I use this path daily, sometimes … Continue reading Hope

Greatness

Are you grateful? Yesterday I had a full day - between playing golf and then marshaling I was on the course for 14 hours and the peak temp was 99 (37 C for my global friends.) It was a long day. I knew I had to stop at the grocery store on the way home, … Continue reading Greatness

The Doctor is Out

I'm not a doctor, but I play one on tv. That's an old commercial so it my not resonate with many of you but what I remember being surprised about was that the actor had to remind the viewer he wasn't a doctor. As if. Flash forward to current times and I find myself using … Continue reading The Doctor is Out

Productive

Cough, ahem. Yours truly has been fighting a series of flu-like problems for a month now. Actually, that's not accurate: my respiratory has been fighting me and I've been covering up in a weak imitation of Ali's Rope-a-Dope. Except, I'm losing. When enough was enough I went to see a doctor who said , "you're … Continue reading Productive

Be Good at Life

You can do it. Much of what I write about is centered on being effective at work. After three decades in some of the most successful technology companies in the world I've learned more than a few things. And one of the fundamentals I've learned is that being good at work is not the same … Continue reading Be Good at Life

Three Things

Wanna get ahead? Take note. People ask me a lot what it takes to be successful in business. How you define success may have something to do with the equation, but the truth is there are constants. Regardless of your career path in the private sector, government or NGO, there are really just three things … Continue reading Three Things

User Error

Be mindful. Not long ago I received a pre-loaded debit card as a thank you. In days past we received checks and had to go to the bank (at least until technology improved so we could take pictures of the checks as we deposited them). All in all, cards are better. After a couple of … Continue reading User Error

Cool Beans

Life's too short for bad coffee. Over the holidays I had some time to catch up with people I don't get to see that often. I hope this year I do a better job staying connected so that catch-up isn't as needed. One morning I met with a friend at a coffee shop near her … Continue reading Cool Beans

Break Time

Gimme a break. I don't know if Kit Kat still uses that jingle as I haven't watched tv in a long time. Must have been a good jingle though - I remember it. People asking for a break is pretty tame stuff. We see it in movies, the office, a thousand vignettes a day on … Continue reading Break Time