Checked-out: Why Full Employment is so Unfulfilling

Checked-out: Why Full Employment is so Unfulfilling

The news is full of reports that the US economy has reached full employment. And yet engagement, despite the hype around about increasingly complex technology solutions, remains stubbornly low.  If “what get measured, gets managed” is true then why has this been such...
Worst 360 Ever… and pass the butter would ya?

Worst 360 Ever… and pass the butter would ya?

When I was employed at a large multinational electronic materials company, we often had large sales meetings.  At one of these we had a typical lunch in a hotel ballroom.  There may have been seventy people there.  Midway through dessert, the Vice president of HR...
Safe Spaces that Don’t Feel Safe

Safe Spaces that Don’t Feel Safe

Safe intentions do not always create safety.  Nice intentions do not always create a nice environment.  Being too safe or too nice can be true a detriment to the organization. After a talk to a local professional organization, I was approached by an individual who had...
It is Time to be Less Tolerant

It is Time to be Less Tolerant

Today’s political environment brings out the fact that we need to be tolerant of a viewpoints. This should continue and increase. In the world of work, there are lots of areas that would benefit the organization if we were LESS tolerant. Here are several that come to...
Trash Bags, Eclipses and the Few Ways to Win

Trash Bags, Eclipses and the Few Ways to Win

There are a few ways to win at business and many ways to lose. One of my colleagues uses the metaphor of a target.  There are a few ways to hit a target and nearly infinite ways to miss. Lucky parts of the world will have incredible views of the upcoming full solar...
Realized Gains or Paper Gains

Realized Gains or Paper Gains

In finance a paper gain is a gain that has not been realized yet.  If a stock we own rises we only realize the gain if we sell and lock in the profit.  The same premise is at work in our personal development.  We must “lock in” our gains. Selling a stock is a decisive...