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

Hope

Watch the children. Right outside my door is a running path that goes around a small pond, skirts the edge of two hospitals and eventually meanders past a pretty good-sized playground at the edge of a large market. The playground is usually full, other than school days and times. I use this path daily, sometimes … Continue reading Hope

Greatness

Are you grateful? Yesterday I had a full day - between playing golf and then marshaling I was on the course for 14 hours and the peak temp was 99 (37 C for my global friends.) It was a long day. I knew I had to stop at the grocery store on the way home, … Continue reading Greatness

The Doctor is Out

I'm not a doctor, but I play one on tv. That's an old commercial so it my not resonate with many of you but what I remember being surprised about was that the actor had to remind the viewer he wasn't a doctor. As if. Flash forward to current times and I find myself using … Continue reading The Doctor is Out

Be Good at Life

You can do it. Much of what I write about is centered on being effective at work. After three decades in some of the most successful technology companies in the world I've learned more than a few things. And one of the fundamentals I've learned is that being good at work is not the same … Continue reading Be Good at Life

Tea Leaves

Can you read tea leaves? The art of tea leaf reading dates back to the 17th Century. Tasseography - divining the future from the past (via leaves) - still has followers today even if you don't practice it. Or believe it. Before you dismiss the notion of predicting the future via tea leaves, think about … Continue reading Tea Leaves

Honesty

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

Rocky Road

Do you like ice cream? If you like ice cream you really like it. I had a friend - a wispy thin woman - who kept several quarts in her freezer. Not one or two: several. Generous as most Southern women are you couldn't leave her house without being fed something delicious and homemade. But … Continue reading Rocky Road

Best Blogs 23 January 2015

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 this week finds us … Continue reading Best Blogs 23 January 2015

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