Destruction or Departure: The Toxic Executive Team

Published: January 11, 2017

The team gets together periodically, and the signs of trouble abound.  Members are late, don’t prepare for the meeting, and resist any effort to move forward.  Forget any indication of happiness; this team can barely resist snarling at each other.  If you are a member of such a team, you probably HATE going to the […]

Live the Rave: Working Passionately Most of the time

Published: June 21, 2016

When passion is there, then work is a blessing.  When passion is there, then work is like play.  When passion is there, then challenges become less burdensome. Do you have enough passion? Examine the mission of your organization.  Is there a quality of that mission that gives you delight in your heart?  Can you work […]

The Day I was Laid Off and the Rest of the Story

Published: May 24, 2016

I didn’t see it coming.  It wasn’t like I was engineering my layoff; I was working just as hard the day a corporate officer fired me as the day I started. My layoff took place in Southern California.  I was a district manager for a large chain of child care centers.  We operated child care […]

The Entrepreneur and the Opportunity

Published: March 1, 2016

The entrepreneur spoke to me.  “Opportunities are all around us.  Find one, and make your success.”  I have heard this message repeatedly over the last year.  I spoke to men and women who started their business, who haven’t worked a job in years, and who believe in the power of the intelligent and dynamic spirit […]

Nervous without a Safety Net: The Big Career Wobble

Published: November 17, 2015

Looking backward, I know I want to escape.  I see a network of business known to me, but there is a lot here I don’t like.  I haven’t been recognized.  My talents go unused.  The business is too busy to notice me.  I’m never going to reach my victory here.  I have settled for a […]

Enjoy Your Career, Experience Ultimate Passion In Your Life

Published: August 12, 2015

It seems like a paradox doesn’t it? Why would someone be passionate about their work? I believe that helping people discover passion in the way they work is part of the leaders challenge. Work ought to be liberating, empowering and thrilling. If you work near a great leader, you may find work so engrossing that […]

Secrets of a Career You’ll Never Quit

Published: June 25, 2015

Imagine, if you didn’t dread going to work.  Imagine that you finish vacation thinking to yourself, “this was fun, but I’m looking forward to getting back to my work.”  Passionate people don’t dread their work; they revel in it.  They don’t find excuses to leave early; they want to get more done. Most people I […]

Don’t Waste Time on Meetings

Published: May 28, 2015

                A meeting is a waste of time –unless it contributes to your definite purpose.  Why do people meet in business? To review recent activity To ensure that people are coordinating their work To plan ahead To consider changes that may happen To initiate change Sometimes these meetings […]

Excellence is a Direction Beyond the Land of Good

Published: May 21, 2015

  I will never forget the day that Alex turned to me and said, “The good is the enemy of the best.”  I did not understand him at all.  I asked him to repeat, and then explain this idea.  Thirty six years later, I still remember his message to me. Alex was a psychologist that […]

Disaster Recovery and the Work of Leaders

Published: May 14, 2015

Tornadoes have ripped through southern cities.  Data center managers prepare for an electromagnetic pulse that will shut down the University hospital.  A specialist dies with irreplaceable information known only to him.  Disaster can come in many forms.  Leaders are often called to handle the recovery. What should a responsible leader do in the face of […]

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