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

Credibility

Have you learned the art of silence? Just yesterday I was having coffee with a friend as we reminisced about some of the places we've been and people we've known in common through several workplaces. When your gray hairs outnumber your brown hairs you get to reminisce. Anyway, it struck me later driving home that … Continue reading Credibility

The Message

What are you saying? Not long ago I lamented the fact that many poor performers don't know the actual truth about their workplace contributions. While there are several reasons for that, the key seems to be an unwillingness to have the tough conversations. Now why is that? Let's examine the challenges and solutions for driving … Continue reading The Message

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

Taking the Bait

Did you get my VM?See my txt?Read my email?The list goes on.Its not really a question about what we've seen or read, its a plea for attention, a request for time. Instead of just saying we need to talk with someone we feel compelled to be oblique, to ask a related question hoping the listener … Continue reading Taking the Bait

Gobbledy Gook

Do you know what you're saying?Recently I worked with a team whose leader was incomprehensible. My experience with them and others like them leads me to wonder how often we use words like a sledgehammer when a simple tap will do.I couldn't understand a thing she said.Mind you, I'm no Einstein, but communication skills have … Continue reading Gobbledy Gook

Social

How are you?Did you ever meet a group of people for the first time and find yourself being exceedingly nice? Polite, positive and personable? You know, a new job, first time at a church or maybe a neighborhood social you haven't been to before. You find yourself being so agreeable, nodding, smiling and affirming. And … Continue reading Social

Best Blogs 6 June 2014

Welcome to #BestBlogs, the weekly curation of the world of work.The latest ideas on organization life, personal collaboration and the politics of work from practitioners around the globe are collected here so you may become more effective, perhaps even more satisfied, in career.Every week, our themes emerge organically and this week the writers included are … Continue reading Best Blogs 6 June 2014

Best Blogs 16 May 2014

Welcome to #BestBlogs, the weekly curation of the world of work.The latest ideas on organization life, personal collaboration and the politics of work from practitioners around the globe are collected here so you may become more effective, perhaps even more satisfied, in career.Every week, our themes emerge organically and this week we tackle dissatisfaction, dealing … Continue reading Best Blogs 16 May 2014

Best Blogs 28 February 2014

Welcome to #BestBlogs, the weekly curation of the world of work.The latest offerings from practitioners around the globe addressing organization life, collaboration and the politics of work are offered here so that you may become more effective - indeed more satisfied - in your career.This edition - each week's theme developing organically on its own … Continue reading Best Blogs 28 February 2014