Workplace Culture

The Needy, The Nerdy and The Girlie Are Not HR

Cool spring morning. Grade-school recess. A group of boys and girls gather on a damp field. Captains are called out. The usual suspects. The strongest players. Each picks his own number two. The second-strongest players. The ones they’ve done battle with before. Sometimes a girl but usually a boy. The number twos call out names… more The Needy, The Nerdy and The Girlie Are Not HR

Body Language and the Now of You

“You’re sharpening stones, walking on coals To improve your business acumen…” — R.E.M. (“Exhuming McCarthy”) Look at me. Eyes right here. Watch my face, my arms and my hands as I talk. In fact, watch my entire physical demeanor. What does it tell you? Now, imagine that you’re on your way to a job interview.… more Body Language and the Now of You

This Workplace Merry-Go-Round Ain’t Ever Slowing Down

“Midway hawkers calling ‘Try your luck with me’ Merry-go-round wheezing The same old melody…” —Neil Peart (Lakeside Park) We became carnies for a day – midway hawkers calling out from our very own front yard. The main reason was to make some quick cash since my sister and I had already blown through our weekly… more This Workplace Merry-Go-Round Ain’t Ever Slowing Down

Today’s Workplace Contract Of Go, Go, Go

I remember the fear of actually finishing something. Then the fear of executing that something. And then the fear of never quite being good enough. And then the fear of being crushed under the weight of overcritical judgments again and again. And then again, I remember the pleasure of being pushed to perform, even in… more Today’s Workplace Contract Of Go, Go, Go

The 24/7 Employee Engagement Megatrend

“History shows again and again how nature points out the folly of men.”  —Blue Öyster Cult, “Godzilla” The floor beneath me cracked open when the cable guy knocked on the door. My youngest daughter Bryce shrieked with joy. My conference call had just started and I put myself on mute. The crack under my feet… more The 24/7 Employee Engagement Megatrend

E-Mail Health Will Drive You Mad

The bell sounds woke me. They were continuous and getting louder by the second. Ding-a-ling-ding-a-ling! I raised my head and there they were – dozens of them! Then hundreds! Falling from the virtual clouds around me into MS Outlook like a deluge of rain filling bucket after bucket. Ding-a-ling-ding-a-ling! Then there were thousands! I tried… more E-Mail Health Will Drive You Mad

One Week In: The 2015 Painful & Pleasurable Prediction

“We can go from boom to bust, From dreams to a bowl of dust…” – Neil Peart On December 31, 2014, I jokingly predicted on Facebook that the next day would become a new year, maybe even a happy one for many of us. And lo and behold, my prediction came true, at least the… more One Week In: The 2015 Painful & Pleasurable Prediction

The Christmas Miracle of Over-Diagnosing

I still couldn’t believe our car wasn’t back yet. The local auto shop owner shrugged and shook his head. “Sorry Kevin, but I’m going to have to lock up. I don’t want you to have to wait in the rain either, so I’m happy to give you a ride home. You don’t live far, right?”… more The Christmas Miracle of Over-Diagnosing

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

Rebooting the Human interaction in HR

“Wilderness of mirrors World of polished steel Gears and iron chains Turn the grinding wheel I run between the shadows Some are phantoms, some are real…” – Neil Peart, “Double Agent”   Welcome to your new job! Now, put on these chains and fill out this form… And then fill out this one… And then… more Rebooting the Human interaction in HR

Taking Care Of Selfie With A Smile

What? You’ve never heard of it? <smile – snap – post> It’s all the social media rage. <smile – snap – post> And all the kids are doing it. <smile – snap – post> Heck, not just all the kids either. Some of us older folk are doing it, too. <smile – snap – post>… more Taking Care Of Selfie With A Smile

The Amplified Stuff of Legendary Teams

The 2014 Fall Classic is over. The San Francisco Giants are the big winners (again). Spring training now seems like light years away… …ah, but there’s always time to dream of Little League days of yesteryear… He threw heat like a wild man, his bulging arms and legs flailing from wind up to release. Every third… more The Amplified Stuff of Legendary Teams