Winning has become such a cultural imperative that we often miss the point of whatever it is we have won, whether a sport or an election or an argument. As my friend, Aaron, pointed out this morning on Facebook after election results came in, winning should be about achieving something and not just beating an … Continue reading Thoughts about Elections and Results
I work in the field traditionally known as HR. I call it HT, for human talent, as I’m pretty sure that we have moved away from an era of considering people as resources–the same word we might use to describe the copier or computer. In HT, we often discuss people’s experiences in relation to employment: What … Continue reading What’s the YOU experience?
I think we have a scary epidemic on our hands. It seems that youth isn’t the only thing we are culturally obsessed with. And while the youth focus has bled it’s way into the medical field (hello Botox) and the office (hire the young guy! The kids understand the new technology!), I’m pretty sure that … Continue reading Less Drama. More Substance.
No one will meet with me today after I let them know that I have strep. You can’t tell I have it because I’m asymptomatic. I’m a “carrier”, which means that while I have the illness, I don’t experience the nasty effects–but am still contagious and can give the illness to others. I like to … Continue reading The Consequences of Transparency (or Ruminations While Sick)
The Plague of Executive Unproductivity We’ve all experienced working with unproductive coworkers who make our lives miserable because they do little more than muck about and make messes for the rest of us to clean up. If it’s bad, they usually get away with it for awhile until enough people catch on and call them … Continue reading Poison in the E-Suite: Is there undetected trouble in your organization?
“America is in decline.” This is the idea lodged in my brain, condensed down from the mosaic of sources over the past few years. From political science research to talk radio to online news, the focus on how developing countries are eating our (American) lunch in terms of economic and political importance left me worried … Continue reading America: Decline or Fine? (Part 1 of 3)
Let’s start with Germs Here we are in the midst of a full blown flu season. And cold season. And how many people do you know have bronchitis or pneumonia? It’s ugly out there. Still, even in the midst of news stories about this diseased and sometimes deadly season, people seem to be in denial about … Continue reading Germs and Other Invisible Stuff that’s Real: A Few Thoughts