Be a Meathead

Mar 12

Be a Meathead

Sometimes I reach a saturation point with business books.  I enjoy them a lot, but need to change it up on occasion.  For pure entertainment, I chose As You Wish in audio book form.  It’s the book by Cary Elwes, the star of the 1984 movie The Princess Bride.  As I listened, I was intrigued by stories about the director, Rob Reiner.  He is probably best know...

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Strengths in Action

Feb 12

Strengths in Action

I’ve known a lot of very skilled leaders over the years.  The most successful have a knack for recognizing and activating the best in the people that work with them. There’s a tool that the rest of us can use to develop this ability. The VIA Inventory of Strengths also known as the VIA Survey is the measurement instrument designed to assess  24 character...

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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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3 Words for 2015

Jan 07

  As this blog has developed over the last few years it’s been difficult to pull the trigger on posts.  I blame a couple of people I follow (partly) for this deficiency.  They express themselves so eloquently that I find myself at a loss for words.   But seriously folks, I’d like to thank Geoff Talbot.   I’m deeply grateful for our friendship, one that...

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Forget About Work Life Balance

Jul 21

Forget About Work Life Balance

It’s Saturday. I’m at the office. I got more done in 2 hours today than in 8 on a typical weekday. On the other hand, I could not wait for a recent long holiday weekend to end. Why? Although the term is thrown around a lot these days, “work/life balance” seems very hard to define and contains a fair amount of mythology.  Work and Life have not been separate...

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Welcome to the Company!

Jan 09

Welcome to the Company!

Everyone can vividly remember starting a new job, or these days, several.  It’s a very memorable time.  We’re flush with optimism, but with a healthy nervousness.  Change is hard, but most of the time, we need new opportunities. You arrive on the first day.  The New Hire Process or Checklist can often be your first look at the day-to-day.  Unfortunately, they can...

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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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