Two Yutes

There is an incredibly funny scene in My Cousin Vinny involving two yutes. Well, funny to me as I have friends in NYC and in the South (natch) so I run into accent and grammar questions constantly. Like, a lot. Anyway, I was reminded of the disconnect in Yutes last week after talking to two … Continue reading Two Yutes

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Good Intent

Where are you coming from? A key person in my life often reminds me to assume good intent, that is, to assume that the other party in a conversation was coming from a point of authenticity if not always helpfulness. It's an interesting idea, to assume others are starting with that in mind. In business … Continue reading Good Intent

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

Recognition

Can you hear me now?It's generally accepted that employee recognition is a good thing, although there is some debate about how much effect it has on the bottom line.Never the less, we believe it's a good thing to do even if were unsure what it should look like. There are pros and cons to the … Continue reading Recognition

Gong Show

Bang a gong.There's a gong on my next door neighbor's back porch. Why? Because this is Austin and we do stuff like that.Anyway, the point is it's been mostly silent, or at least it has been to me. Maybe that's the challenge. You see, gongs are considered good luck in China and hence with me. … Continue reading Gong Show

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

Best Blogs 22 August 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 theme emerges organically and this week the power of … Continue reading Best Blogs 22 August 2014

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 31 January 2014

Welcome to #BestBlogs, the weekly curation of the best of the web about the world of work. Weekly we collate the latest from various practitioners sharing their ideas about organization life, the politics of work and how you too can become more effective - and more satisfied - in career. Today's edition - each week's … Continue reading Best Blogs 31 January 2014

Let It Go

Will you be quiet?! she snapped angrily. It wasn't as much question as plea. Not long ago I sat in a room with half a dozen others wrestling through an intricate problem. In the end we solved many questions but still had a few left. Long meeting. At one point it was getting excited as … Continue reading Let It Go