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

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

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

Goal Power

What are you aiming for?Personal goal setting has become almost passé relegated to the province of "motivational" speakers and banal self-help books. Its just not exciting to talk about the virtue of pressing and testing yourself today with much of our focus on external factors like engagement, economy and environment.And yet, there is nothing as … Continue reading Goal Power

Goal Power

What are you aiming for?Personal goal setting has become almost passé relegated to the province of "motivational" speakers and banal self-help books. Its just not exciting to talk about the virtue of pressing and testing yourself today with much of our focus on external factors like engagement, economy and environment.And yet, there is nothing as … Continue reading Goal Power

Best Blogs 7 March 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 collected 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 7 March 2014

On Your Game

Are you ready to compete?Work is a competitive sport and a team sport where collaboration is essential. We're always sprinting against time, competitors, the market, regulations, etc. We need to be at our best in order to collaborate and ultimately compete. Complaints about the lack of time, energy and resources abound but the truth is … Continue reading On Your Game

Dirty Word

Passion is a dirty word.Don't believe me? Inject it into an office discussion and watch the battle lines form with believers on one side and haters on the other.There's little middle ground here. The Nature of WorkSome argue that work is simply an evil necessity as we trade labor for dollars. What Daniel Pink would … Continue reading Dirty Word

Ego’s Siren

What makes a leader. Years ago I was asked to be president of my local SHRM chapter. After ten prior years of volunteering in all sorts of committees, roles, etc., I felt I was ready. To be sure I was humbled: any potential leader who isn't is a bit of a worry to me. Pride … Continue reading Ego’s Siren

The Bridge

Wanna buy a bridge? New Jersey Gov Chris Christie (R) fired one of his top aides today over a bridge scandal. Actually it was a traffic jam scandal. You can read the linked story for detail but let's be clear: there are few worse things you can do in the Garden State than intentionally back … Continue reading The Bridge