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



Do you like to hike? Hiking is one of those things (much like golf) that you can do for your entire life, and it keeps you out in the fresh air. If there's a cool stream near by so much the better. I like it. Hiking requires a certain perspective and a little thought. Yes, … Continue reading Focus

What About You

Start at the beginning. Decades of career counseling and coaching have taught me there are indeed a few fundamentals that really matter in just about every field. Building solid relationships, demonstrating integrity and empathy and having a solid technical foundation are chief among them. Yet there is an additional factor which may be the single … Continue reading What About You


You are here. Lately I've been writing a lot about communication, clarity, feedback and so on. Topics we all give lip service to but when the rubber meets the road we often clam up, cool down and chill out. What gives? We've talked recently about some of the structural and cultural reasons straight feedback is … Continue reading Honesty

Daily Dose

How do you start your day? I was intrigued in reading David Brooks' latest work - The Road to Character - that he referenced a practice I used to use and had lain aside. Invigorated to see it agian, I started re-using this tested tool and offer it to you: what I call a daily … Continue reading Daily Dose

The Gym

Like you perhaps I enjoy the gym. Focusing on nothing but physical activity is one the best things a knowledge worker can do to reduce stress. Within the five block radius on my house are four different gyms and while I've looked into them all, there's one I keep doing business with, even though it's … Continue reading The Gym


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

Best Blogs 24 April 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 its … Continue reading Best Blogs 24 April 2015


Talent is where you find it.Not long ago, talent was defined in part by length of service. Tenure.  We expected that those who had toiled long and hard at a craft would somehow reach a level of performance most others couldn't. Perhaps. Even Malcolm Gladwell bandied about the 10,000 hour rule as if it were … Continue reading Talent


Ask yourself a question. Would you like to hang out with you? One of lesser known facts about "success" in the workplace is that likabilty is pretty damned important. Let's be clear: it does not suffice for lack of applied effort and intelligence, but they will not be all you need either if you're not … Continue reading Likability