Employee Engagement

When Our Workplace Culture Is On Fire

“The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire. We don’t need no water let the m-f burn.” –The Bloodhound Gang At least, that’s the melodic hip-hop mantra many of us have wanted to repetitively belt out at some point in our world of work lives (with an unapologetic emphasis on the unabbreviated curse word,… more When Our Workplace Culture Is On Fire

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

Welcome Everyone to Job Fair

“Dreams flow across the heartland Feeding on the fires Dreams transport desires Drive you when you’re down Dreams transport the ones who need to get out of town…” —Neil Peart Or the ones who need to get out of jail. “Welcome to Job Fair everyone!” The auditorium filled with clapping and laughter, every seat taken… more Welcome Everyone to Job Fair

Two Things: Conversations And Enculturation

“How many times Do we chaff against the repetition Straining against the faith Measured out in coffee breaks…” —Neil Peart His smile ricocheted off the booth and hit the back of my head. I couldn’t help but smile right back. “Bingo, bango!” He’d just won a $50 gift card after spinning our fabulous PeopleFluent prize… more Two Things: Conversations And Enculturation

Making Lemonade in Two Easy Steps

“So Beatrice, what are you going to make today?” “Lemonade.” “And what’s the first ingredient?” “Lemons.” “And what’s second?” “Sugar.” “And then what?” “Um…ice.” “Yes, ice, but also water, right?” “Yes, and water!” And that’s how it went on my oldest daughter Beatrice’s final Pre-K share and leader day back in May – three easy… more Making Lemonade in Two Easy Steps

Two Things: Rule-Breaking People for Better Outcomes

That’s when Ralph got a DJ job in the desert. He moved from New Jersey to Southern California in the early 1970s for the radio station job, his wife joining him shortly thereafter. Getting the DJ job was a boon for the two young lovers, and Ralph had a nearly Kerouac-like road trip story along… more Two Things: Rule-Breaking People for Better Outcomes

Talent Engagement and the Dissed-Engaged

What to do with a productive outlier? Especially when she’s a smart problem-solver, who is sometimes collaborative and works well with others, but who’s also a headstrong, impulsive, independent, opinionated and throws tantrums like baseballs from a wild fast pitcher, tantrums that take what feels like an inordinate amount of time to extinguish; a fuse… more Talent Engagement and the Dissed-Engaged

Happy Interdependence Day to You and Yours

I used to love that little Volkswagen Bug, the little Love Bug named Herbie that many early Gen Xers like me remember vividly. Herbie, the do-good little car with a mind of its own; a driverless car that helped Dean Jones win many races and save the day. Over and over again. Movie after lovable… more Happy Interdependence Day to You and Yours

#SHRM14: Moving Into The Warming Light

Failure is an enabler. In both senses of the term, but for some, the one ultimate driver. It’s our confidant and our kryptonite; it elevates and cripples us. Ideas fail, businesses fail, processes fail, people fail, and through it all, if we’re paying attention, learning and even a little lucky, we might just find a… more #SHRM14: Moving Into The Warming Light

Two Things: Seeing Is Believing

We long for better angels. At least most of us do. We long for continuous support and sounding boards, deeper cultural connections to our real-time universe, our heaven (and sometimes unfortunately hell) on earth, and all those we come in contact with, whether in fleeting moments or ongoing endurance sessions of meaning and purpose with… more Two Things: Seeing Is Believing

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: More Song and Dance

“Don’t stop me now, I’m having such a good time, I’m having a ball…” –Queen Every single time it’s a big production, an inspiring or fun song and a dance number, all played out in an endless video loop in my head. No, not a Broadway production per se, but a world of work real-time… more Two Things: More Song and Dance