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

Talk is Cheap

What did you say? I've spent most of my life in the West, the American West that is for my world-wide friends. Except for a few minor forays to the East Coast, and some happier tromps to the Deep South, I generally shy away from anything that calls me east of the Mississippi or north … Continue reading Talk is Cheap

The Truth About Work

Now sometimes discretion is the better part of valor. Longtime readers and coworkers alike know that I am a pretty straight shooter. In fact, in my younger days I thought the more honest the better as I spewed forth the "truth" - as I saw it - in meetings and convos without regard to consequence. … Continue reading The Truth About Work

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

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

Vendor Soup

Can you feel me now? I've worked with vendors on software and services for many years and know how to separate the good ones (and they're out there) from the rest. It comes with the territory. So, if you're a provider and you're already good you can stop reading now: see? I just saved you … Continue reading Vendor Soup

Power Hour

It started, like most good things, organically. In the beginning just a handful of people came to work early. And it was good. Slowly, as needs changed, people started arriving at all sorts of times. As flexibility continued to morph with child care hours, single-car families, public transit schedules and traffic patterns people adopted the … Continue reading Power Hour

Trust Me

Have you heard this before? It's one of those phrases, like, "can I be honest with you?", that always leaves me wondering. What do you mean can you be honest with me? You haven't been? I assumed you were... 'Trust me' is one of those phrases that people who are untrustworthy call out a lot. … Continue reading Trust Me

Tale of Two Pities

Can we talk? Not long ago I worked with a client (I always protect anonymity) and as part of my charter was to look at productivity. Now consultants will tell you productivity is an after the fact measure. It's an output of a simple equation: Skills + Resources x Direction = Output. Fundamentally it's rare … Continue reading Tale of Two Pities


Do you know what you're doing? Not long ago I mentioned that research done by Ferndinand Fournies years ago revealed that the number one reason employees don't do what we want them to do - what they're supposed to do as Fournies said - was that they didn't know what that was. Let that sink … Continue reading Expecting