The Wright Way to Work

Aug 29

The Wright Way to Work

I’ve been completely absorbed by The Wright Brothers by David McCullough.  I’ve enjoyed every one of his previous biographies of people like Harry Truman and John Adams  as well as the countless narrations of documentaries of historical events, most notable, his telling of Ken Burn’s The Civil War.  I’ve linked to the audio book version, so you can hear him tell...

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What’s Strong With You?

Jan 15

What’s Strong With You?

I’ve always been fascinated by people and understanding what makes them tick.    My dad studied child psychology and used my sister and me as experimental subjects.  Later, in college, I turned away from the accounting, finance and IT courses and devoured psychology, sociology and anthropology.  I was gripped by human resources and unlike many, entered the...

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Better Performance Appraisals

Jan 07

Better Performance Appraisals

As the holiday season is past and as sure as the days are getting longer, there are numerous articles, blogs and webcasts providing the best way to get the best from this ritual. Accordingly, I offer 3 steps to more effective performance appraisals: 1-Stop doing them. 2-Stop doing them, seriously, I mean it. 3-Relish the thought that your business will continue to...

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Working Revisited

Dec 05

Working Revisited

I’ve been a serious folk music fan for many years.  As a reader, I appreciate the stories that folk musicians tell in song.  I’m particularly fond of the late Steve Goodman who wrote “City of New Orleans” and other songs  popularized by the likes of Johnny Cash, Arlo Guthrie and Jimmy Buffett. While watching a tribute to Goodman, many of the artists were introduced...

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A New Definition of Creativity

Oct 30

A New Definition of Creativity

Every day, no matter what we do for a living, we seek to be effective, yet find meaning and satisfaction by using our natural creativity.  The other day, I watched an interview with Sir Ken Robinson, known for his work on education reform throughout the world.  In a quietly funny and compelling way, he encourages us to think differently about how we uncover and...

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Ideas and Excuses

Oct 06

Ideas and Excuses

Every day, we endeavor to do something, from the mundane to the magnificent.  Millions of ideas flow from the moment we rise in the morning until the end of the day,  a tiny fraction initiated.  The rest evaporate or are stored, to be activated when we are ready to attack that “big dream” or just get restless.  I hope that by publishing all of my excuses or “getting...

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