Gifts

December is upon us. Here is the States we've concluded the carbo-splurge known as Thanksgiving (yours truly eats sparingly: its not my thing) and we've gotten through Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The retailers have taken their best shot. Its now onto the 31 days of the merriest month of the year. But why limit … Continue reading Gifts

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Fired Up

Have you ever fired anyone? I have. I hope you never have to do this. Thirty years ago I lost sleep the night before I had to tell someone they weren't coming back. I still do - I hope I never lose that sense of empathy. When I first began my career at Procter & … Continue reading Fired Up

Moving On

I'm sorry. Yesterday I wrote a blog about engagement that apparently engaged some people. See what I did there? That was a literary device. Cool, huh? Anyway, my essential point yesterday was that engagement is not an extrinsic activity: it is not something we "do" to people. It is, in my view, a function or … Continue reading Moving On

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

False Positive

Its not drugs. Or is it? Last week I attended another professional conference with several hundred participants and ran into some of the same archetypes that give our profession - maybe all professions - a bad name. The false positive. Having been in business for three decades now I've bought and sold my share of … Continue reading False Positive

Best Blogs 18 July 2014

Welcome to #BestBlogs, the weekly curation of the world of work. Due to a slight upset - our house was under water due to heavy rains - we are two days delayed from our normal publish date, but we slog on undeterred! The latest ideas on organization life, personal collaboration and the politics of work … Continue reading Best Blogs 18 July 2014

Best Blogs 11 July 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 themes emerge organically and this week our writers … Continue reading Best Blogs 11 July 2014

Best Blogs 27 June 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 themes emerge organically and this week our writers … Continue reading Best Blogs 27 June 2014

The Thin Skin

Beware the thin skin of social media.At least twice in the last seven days I've antagonized people I actually like on #SoMe. I say at least because these are only the ones I know about. There may well be - probably are - others where people were annoyed but didn't bother to say so.At least … Continue reading The Thin Skin

Self Care

Look out for number one.While many find this phrase offensive there is some truth to the notion that we need to care for ourselves. Take career. Past Career used to be routine in nature. People fell into a job path, cobbled together 30 or 40 years of employment here and there and that was that. … Continue reading Self Care