Managing Yourself

Are you on track? In the past several weeks I've encountered a number of situations with various clients that left me shaking my head a little. In each instance people who should have been higher performing - people who actually had the skill and had previously demonstrated it - had fallen off the rails and … Continue reading Managing Yourself

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Engaged

Are you engaged? Recently I had a debate with a colleague of mine. We'd been discussing some training and whether or not I could help her with same. At some point the idea of engagement came out much like the undesired neighbor who shows up at the backyard barbecue uninvited. My peer had some thoughts … Continue reading Engaged

Fit Test

I just don't see the fit. If you've been in recruiting for any length of time you've heard this maddening phrase. Under the guise of protecting the "culture" managers often use gobbledy-gook like this to say "I don't like someone" in a politically correct way. Yet there is a time to think of your own … Continue reading Fit Test

Cut Bait

You gotta know when to go. Normally the advice I give - whoa, that sounds pompous - normally, the perspective I share has to do with improving your professional situation. Where you are. Tenacity and determination are unsung components of a well-managed career. In most cases, stick to it. But not all. Periodically you will … Continue reading Cut Bait

Best Blogs 19 Dec 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 I this last week … Continue reading Best Blogs 19 Dec 2014

Want

"I want your life."Startled by the sotto voice I looked up from my chair and said, "S'cuse me?"A man not much younger than me stood a few feet away on the sand looking down at me and said again, "I want your life... Sitting on the beach, reading, a cup of coffee in hand in … Continue reading Want

Antiques

Let go of things.Not long ago as Chewy and I made our morning trek I saw a shiny object on the ground. In the early morning dark it's hard to tell sometimes what things are until you're right on them, so we stepped closer and I saw it was a CD.You know, one of those … Continue reading Antiques

Umber

The witching hour arrives. This last week before Daylight Saving time is a nice one if you're an early riser like me. Elf sets the tone be stirring around 4 insisting on her nocturnal prowl and I let her out the back door to explore her kingdom. Somewhere between then and 5 I finally rise … Continue reading Umber

Best Blogs 24 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 edition includes some of the … Continue reading Best Blogs 24 October 2014

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