Change Management

Invest in Being Fearlessly Authentic

“We play the game With the bravery of being out of range We zap and maim With the bravery of being out of range…” —Roger Waters (musician and writer) Small craters pocked the desk around her laptop dock. Tiny tendrils of sulfurous smoke rose from each one, like poisonous snakes entranced by music only they… more Invest in Being Fearlessly Authentic

The Halves and Wholes of Leadership Development

“Love is born with solar flares From two magnetic poles It moves towards a higher plane Where two halves make two wholes…” –Neil Peart We simply made it up. Neither of us had really had any formal lessons; I know I never had them. My stiff “pin-hips” as my mom and dad had always pointed… more The Halves and Wholes of Leadership Development

Forgive Yourself A Prayer But Never Surrender

“You can surrender Without a prayer But never really pray Pray without surrender You can fight Fight without ever winning But never ever win Win without a fight…” –Neil Peart, “Resist”   The final shame of not asking nearly overshadowed my extreme physical pain, but not quite. No, the visceral memory of my hands buried… more Forgive Yourself A Prayer But Never Surrender

The Authentricity of Mr. Pixie

“If I could wave my magic wand, I’d set everybody free.” —Neil Peart Call me Mr. Pixie. That image, now delightedly (or unfortunately) burned into the memory of nearly every one of my colleagues and cohorts, is a special one for me. It was another Fun Friday team theme at work, where I got to… more The Authentricity of Mr. Pixie

Two Things: Detach and Wish Them Well

“Spirits turned bitter by the poison of envy Always angry and dissatisfied Even the lost ones, the frightened and mean ones Even the ones with a devil inside Thank your stars you’re not that way Turn your back and walk away Don’t even pause and ask them why Turn around and say goodbye All that… more Two Things: Detach and Wish Them Well

Two Things: From Micro-Shifts To Macro Sands

“You are here,” the mat reads. You look down, mouth agape, and you think, “So where the hell is here?” You’re standing atop a great sand dune among a mountainous range of dunes. Nothing but blue sky above, you’d think the future would look brighter, but it might as well be raining, since the sunlight… more Two Things: From Micro-Shifts To Macro Sands

Two Things: From Safety Net to Safe Haven

Everyone deserves a safety net and a safe haven, even at work, and especially if you’re part of the 24% of women and 12% of men who reported at least one lifetime episode of intimate-partner violence. According to statistics gathered by the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence – The most comprehensive study of its kind, released in… more Two Things: From Safety Net to Safe Haven

Two Things: Employer Greatness and Perpetual Salvation

There we were — discussing the factors that make “great” employers so special. I couldn’t resist asking how organizations on Fortune Magazine’s list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” compare with those featured in Jim Collins‘ best-selling books, Built to Last and From Good to Great. Similarities? Differences? That’s a tough question to answer in any given length of… more Two Things: Employer Greatness and Perpetual Salvation

Two Things: World of Work Shadow and Light

The days between Christmas and New Year’s are softly padded for your protection. And for many of us, that’s the case. Thank goodness. Because for a year of modest business growth at best, with economic uncertainty still tainting soft landings of any long-term success (with exception of course), we need this time of the year… more Two Things: World of Work Shadow and Light

From the Way We Worked to Today

(Originally published at TalentCulture.com) “What do you do?” asked my airport shuttle driver (I’ll call him Ben). “I work for an HR software company,” I answered. He nodded. “HR, huh? I remember when I worked in personnel.” “Personnel.” That term got my attention — precursor to the “human resources” profession we know today. I asked… more From the Way We Worked to Today

Summer Break and the B’s-Eye View

It culminated in the B’s-eye view, high above the Big Lake as my girls called it, otherwise known as Lake Tahoe. To see it all from their perspective, the bigness and newness of everything, the awe-stricken heart-pounding joyful moments of crystalline experience that form instantly and cling to the synapses like veins of geological time…riding… more Summer Break and the B’s-Eye View