Happiness is an inside job. Longtime readers know I often write about satisfaction, contentment and gratitude - variations on the theme of happiness - in relation to work. Now sometimes people get confused: is this guy writing about work, or happiness? Yes.You see, while there may never be a perfect job life isn't designed like … Continue reading Goodness


Be sure you know what matters.Most of us in the business world are used to deadlines, those looming reminders that 'something has to be done.'Some hard and fast, some not so much, but all set with the expectation more or less that things will be achieved. We're used to this in our professional lives, so … Continue reading Deadlines

The Narcissist

I really like me. A headline the other day read, 'the narcissist in all of us.' A little bit of narcissism is a healthy thing but moderation in all things is the key, is it not? In the work place a little bit of narcissism can keep us a balanced despite the ups and downs … Continue reading The Narcissist

Work as Excuse

What's your excuse?Periodically work life balance regains momentum as we discuss ways to encourage employers to find options to drive a more flexible and managed work schedule. Believe me, if you are new to HR and looking for areas to make a difference you could do worse than to develop expertise in creative work schedules.The … Continue reading Work as Excuse

The Good We Do

Labor Day is a good time for reflection.In much of the US the weather is starting to turn (not for us - 101 today), football season has started again, and children are back in school. Much happens concurrently.And one thing that happens as well is the continuation of labor on this its day. While the … Continue reading The Good We Do

Perfect Candidate

What price perfect? A mark of the modern employment market is the seeming inability to find skilled, competent employees. Companies continually complain about the lack of fundamental skills in recent graduates while government clamors for increased STEM education. But this mistates the situation. Even as communities continue to recover from massive outsourcing and the worst … Continue reading Perfect Candidate

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

Little Things

You can make a difference.The internet is full of self-help stories, posts and countless lists about ways to succeed. Eg., the five things you must do now, 21 ways to get ahead, one step to a better career, etc. No shortage of direction.And while there's lots to consume - with much of it quite helpful … Continue reading Little Things

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


Blogs are the ultimate selfie. Being of a certain generation (rhymes with loomer) I disdain selfies and tats. Mind you, I like to look at your selfies (and tats - see them on my Pinterest page) but I'm of an age where I suspect the world is all the better for me not falling in … Continue reading Selfies