One Degree

Performance counts. One of the most common challenges in the workplace is performance management. The very phrase turns many of us off, and then we become confused between appraisal, evaluation and management. Its a headache and who needs a headache. We dismiss it. While I could attempt a long treatise on the process of performance … Continue reading One Degree

Concierge Service

Its not what you think. While Google, Apple and others in Silicon Valley are known for their employee perks, the concierge I'm talking about is all about butts in seats. Specifically high dollar butts that expect - and frankly should get - a flawless start-up experience in order to land them in their seats. Let's … Continue reading Concierge Service

Day Off

I stayed home. The other day I called in sick to work. I'd started coming down with something the day before and in 24 hours I was laying low. It's funny how we look at time away from work. An astonishing 50% of us leave annual vacation time (holiday to my international friends) on the … Continue reading Day Off

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

Empty Vessel

Fill yourself. Yesterday I spoke of the need for professional development. While this is important it's only half the picture. What we really need beyond just that is personal development. Some professions - health care, managing people, teaching - take a lot out of us. These are fields requiring a great deal of giving, time, … Continue reading Empty Vessel


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

The Right Thing

There is no pillow as soft as a clear conscience. French proverb Few things perplex the HR professional as much as the manager unwilling to do their work. If you don't want to manage get out of the way and let someone else do it. Every HR practitioner in the US (and maybe beyond for … Continue reading The Right Thing

One Step

Slow down.The best employee relations advice I ever received was from Max Schellman early in my career. I don't know where good old Max is anymore, but I still take his counsel to heart and share it today with you: better to be one step too slow than one step too fast.In the US employee … Continue reading One Step


Are you ready? It's that time of year for young and old to review, reflect and reset goals. Whether you do this consciously and deliberately or through fits and starts, many of us use the end of the calendar year to think about what will be in setting goals. Now, if you need help with … Continue reading Goals

Best Blogs 5 December 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 the holiday season brings … Continue reading Best Blogs 5 December 2014