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

Advertisements

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

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

Yay! Team!

There's no I in team. But there's damn sure a me. In the US it's time to talk about teams again! The NBA is heating up just as the NFL is about to peak and thoughts of spring training slowly bob on the horizon causing us to think that pennant is possible this year if … Continue reading Yay! Team!

Tea Leaves

Can you read tea leaves? The art of tea leaf reading dates back to the 17th Century. Tasseography - divining the future from the past (via leaves) - still has followers today even if you don't practice it. Or believe it. Before you dismiss the notion of predicting the future via tea leaves, think about … Continue reading Tea Leaves

Punt

So it goes. My friend Mick and I were talking the other day. I'd love to tell you we were enjoying a strong bevvy watching the afternoon unwind but we were both still working. I'd called him a few days earlier for advice on a project I was looking at: he's pretty straight forward and … Continue reading Punt

Eso Depende

Depende. Years ago I learned to scuba dive in Cozumel. In many ways it was the trip of a lifetime. One of the most memorable elements to me however was the sanguine response of my scuba instructor every time I asked a question. "Depende," he would respond rarely ever changing his demeanor. At the time … Continue reading Eso Depende

End Game

Happy Easter. The Easter holiday for me is one of those days much like Thanksgiving that gives pause enabling me to offer thanks for my lot in life. Its true as you age life becomes a lot cleaner and more distilled as you realize there are only a handful of things that really matter so … Continue reading End Game

Bad Business

There are two sides to every story. The other day I talked about some examples of good business: if you missed that you can read it here. So it seems only natural to share a few samples of things gone wrong. This January I dropped my Amazon Prime membership: I just don't buy that much … Continue reading Bad Business