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...
Data before Dogma and the Over-hyped Millennial

Data before Dogma and the Over-hyped Millennial

Whither the Y2K consultant?  Remember 1999 and all the doomsday scenarios about what will happen with the change of the year?  Perhaps they have all put out their shingles as experts on either “millennials” or social media sales.  Both have similarly low barriers to...
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...
The Intentional Intrepid Effect

The Intentional Intrepid Effect

A good friend of mine is on a twenty day guided trek through the Himalayas – ending at Mount Everest base camp at over 18,000 feet.  She has no mountaineering experience. She hates the cold.  The conditions are anticipated to be harsh and primitive.  She is simply...