Secret

Years ago there was a show. It was called I've Got a Secret and it was pretty bad although, as memory serves, it was very popular for the time. But, there's no accounting for taste: some people still miss the 80's too... Anyway, in this show some person with an unusual hobby, trait or job … Continue reading Secret

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The Accidental Manager

It was an accident. Like many of you I moved into management because someone else left and we needed a body. Fast. At the lowest levels of most organizations - the interface between "line" and supervisor - succession planning is a term never used or considered. Sure, we think of it at the top sometimes … Continue reading The Accidental Manager

Best Blogs 19 Dec 2014

Welcome to #BestBlogs, the weekly curation of the world of work.The latest ideas on organization life, personal collaboration and the power of work in life from practitioners around the globe are collected here so you may become more effective, perhaps even more satisfied, in career.Every week our theme emerges organically and I this last week … Continue reading Best Blogs 19 Dec 2014

All That Glitters

Beware shiny objects.I have a friend who's easily distracted.In fact, two friends like that. While it means they're engaging to speak with since they know a little about a lot, when I work with them I have to guide them continuously lest they get infatuated with anything other than our goal. Their distractions can derail … Continue reading All That Glitters

High Performance

You go girl. Having spent 20 years with the most ubiquitous high tech and consumer products companies in the world, I've learned a thing or two about high performance. I've had the pleasure of working alongside some of the smartest and most creative people around and let me tell you, it's hard to beat smarts. … Continue reading High Performance

Best Blogs 17 October 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 theme emerges organically and this edition finds some … Continue reading Best Blogs 17 October 2014

Best Blogs 10 October 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 theme emerges organically and this time around we dive into … Continue reading Best Blogs 10 October 2014

Leadership Intrigue

The leadership model is broken. Readers know I've questioned the continued emphasis on the role of the leader. Indeed, I view collaboration, communication and thinking as much more important skills than leadership as the nature of work has changed and the parts we play have evolved as well. Just as the agricultural era gave way … Continue reading Leadership Intrigue

Customer Culture

Do you want to lead people?Let's say you had two camps of workers, the coaches and the critics. If you think those labels are two leading call them A and B. I'm flexible.In one group people try to find the light at the end of the tunnel forever looking for the positive. You did that … Continue reading Customer Culture

The Gym

Change can hurt.Long time readers know I'm a big fan of personal responsibility, self care and healthy habits. It seems the things we don't do well tend to stay in the forefront and I am a work in progress in all of these areas.This morning I woke a bit later than usual and I opted … Continue reading The Gym