Listening

July 18, 2018

Attitude, Work Ethic, and Intelligence.

You bring three characteristics to the job market: attitude, work ethic and intelligence. I sometimes compare these characteristics to a three-legged stool. You have some of each. How much? How important is each? Can you affect them? Do you care? My mom used to say that bad company will defeat […]
May 1, 2018

Emulate People Who Are Really Good

In 2002 I transitioned to a role responsible for, among other things, electronic newsletters, a web site requiring Search Engine Optimization and Pay per Click, content, images, thematic elements, as well as online gift card sales, an ecommerce presence and loads of other “stuff” you equate with the internet. I […]
February 8, 2018

Do You Really Know How To Introduce Yourself?

When I conduct team building sessions I ask attendees if they think they are usually right in their first impressions of people. Most hands pop up quickly. People trust their first impressions and so they trust their first impressions of you. Ergo most people meeting you for the first time […]
October 20, 2017

Belief in Yourself is the Soul of Attitude

Not all promotions are linear. The next role might be obvious and organizations move in that direction naturally. Loads of obstacles can arise. Some bosses don’t readily promote from within. Lack of turnover can repress movement, and often the lackluster are the ones who are willing to hang around. Then […]
August 2, 2017

Where You Stand Depends On where You Sit.

“Where you stand depends on where you sit”, also known as Miles Law, is one of my favorite quotes. For those of you who know me in the second person, you’ve likely heard me express it and many of you think it original to me. No, I steal from others’ […]
July 12, 2017
thesis, antithesis, synthesis

The Comfort of Opinion without the Discomfort of Thought.

If I had to sum up thought in three words, they would be thesis, antithesis, and synthesis. Opinion, on the other hand often is just thesis, unquestioned and probably a conditioned belief. Are you familiar with the concept of thesis, antithesis, and synthesis? Maybe try it as a filter for […]
July 27, 2016

A Colleague’s Expression is More Important than His Title.

What does air cover mean, in a management sense?  You have some idea? Would your boss provide air cover for you if he did not care about you?  Why would a boss give air cover? Does your boss provide air cover for the team? My connotation of air cover, what […]
May 24, 2016

Train Your Brain

Train your Brain.   What would your critics say about you? Would you be comfortable hearing what others consider your challenges?  Would you be surprised by how they describe your performance? How about your strengths?  What would others say are your strengths? Your vocabulary, what comes out of your own […]
April 25, 2016

Frequently Wrong, But Never in Doubt

    Frequently Wrong, But Never in Doubt I am going to walk through two basic elements to ensure that is not you. What you learn and then how you relate. How you listen and how you process. Dylan has lyrics that have to do with not criticizing what you […]
March 28, 2016

Loyal Opposition; Champion the Cause

  You’re driving.  Your boss is in the backseat.  You are approaching a fork in the road. The boss tells you to turn right at the fork. You happen to know that turning right will lead to Baltimore-style chaos.  Nasty stuff. A riot is breaking out. Yet you know that […]