This Blows

The following was originally written for and shared by my friends at Performance I Create Ah, Fall. Even in my part of the sunny south Fall has finally arrived with a chill in the air, the morning mist and yes, falling leaves even in Texas. How rich they are turning color before finally dropping to … Continue reading This Blows


The quality of mercy is not strain'd. In one of William Shakespeare's most elegant passages (that's saying a lot folks) Portia reminds us - cross-dressed in the guise of Balthazar since women could not address the court - that the quality of mercy is twice-blessed, both by those that give, and those that receive. Would … Continue reading Mercy

Fly by Night

If you don't know where you're going, any road'll get you there. Maps are fine tools. Long before Apple maps and Google maps and all the other blank maps, we had real maps, paper maps. As a young dad we criss-crossed the country many times my then-wife reading the map (soon to be supplanted by … Continue reading Fly by Night


Sometimes just a moment will do. I was looking down at the street from my fourth-floor office trying to determine how wet it was. I rode my bike to work and wanted to see if it was dry enough to ride home for lunch later. A well-dressed man strode to his car parked along the … Continue reading Redemption

3 Keys to Monday Morning

Ah, Monday morning... Few times of the week have such a distinct feel. Whether you've had an invigorating few days as a weekend warrior, spent time catching up with the kids or just surfed the couch its time to head back to the office. For another five days... Is it Friday yet? The truth though … Continue reading 3 Keys to Monday Morning

The Power of You

What if I told you you had a secret weapon? You do. Many times I write about improving systems and practices at work. I believe in this: many if not all work places can be improved - some dramatically - if these elements are re-thought, re-imagined and just plain re-engineered. But there's another tool that … Continue reading The Power of You

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


What were you thinking? Not long ago I was having drinks with a friend and she was discussing an issue at work. Seems her boss had asked her to do something and my friend didn't think the idea was too sound. Listen, my buddy is sharp and experienced and I normally am pretty supportive so … Continue reading Focus

Change Agent

The more things change... While it's safe to say the label "change agent" isn't a sexy as it once was, it's still very prevalent in the HR and indeed, broader business community. In fact, an anecdotal (and unscientific) perusal of my LinkedIn network shows quite a few people still using the appellation. So, if this … Continue reading Change Agent


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