We Want You! (sort of…)

No thank you. Sam and I go back for years having met at a tech company and keeping up with each other since. He's a good guy, talented as an HR Business Partner and his skills are above average. He has a strong brand. Last November a tech firm reached out to Sam, and over … Continue reading We Want You! (sort of…)


Math 101

Can you add and subtract? In the war for talent there are so many top ten lists and theories about engagement it's hard to keep it all straight. Yet, let's start with a simple question: can you add and subtract? Over the years I've worked with hundreds of managers from newly-sanctioned team managers to C-suite … Continue reading Math 101

Cool Beans

Life's too short for bad coffee. Over the holidays I had some time to catch up with people I don't get to see that often. I hope this year I do a better job staying connected so that catch-up isn't as needed. One morning I met with a friend at a coffee shop near her … Continue reading Cool Beans

Women Not Allowed

The song remains the same. By now we should know we have a problem with women in the workplace. Despite the fact that they outnumber men (at least in the US) in total workforce population, percent of management and professionals, they cannot find their way into the C-suite. I’m constantly surprised people don’t know this. … Continue reading Women Not Allowed

Good Business

Do you like breakfast? It is the most important meal of the day you know... No matter what else I do, I make a good breakfast every morning . Did I mention I am a good cook? But Saturday was a beautiful sunny lazy day so I went out to my favorite breakfast place. And … Continue reading Good Business

Talk is Cheap

What did you say? I've spent most of my life in the West, the American West that is for my world-wide friends. Except for a few minor forays to the East Coast, and some happier tromps to the Deep South, I generally shy away from anything that calls me east of the Mississippi or north … Continue reading Talk is Cheap


Its not your right. Few things are more amusing and persistent as the American insistence on non-existent rights. Unlike my friends across the water workers in America have precious few rights guaranteed by the state. Good or bad is up to you, but the truth is we are easily confused about rights. And then someone … Continue reading Entitled

Fly by Night

If you don't know where you're going, any road'll get you there. Maps are fine tools. Long before Apple maps and Google maps and all the other blank maps, we had real maps, paper maps. As a young dad we criss-crossed the country many times my then-wife reading the map (soon to be supplanted by … Continue reading Fly by Night


Have you learned the art of silence? Just yesterday I was having coffee with a friend as we reminisced about some of the places we've been and people we've known in common through several workplaces. When your gray hairs outnumber your brown hairs you get to reminisce. Anyway, it struck me later driving home that … Continue reading Credibility


You are here. Lately I've been writing a lot about communication, clarity, feedback and so on. Topics we all give lip service to but when the rubber meets the road we often clam up, cool down and chill out. What gives? We've talked recently about some of the structural and cultural reasons straight feedback is … Continue reading Honesty