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3 Questions – How Good Are You at Giving Performance Feedback?

Ever notice that books about how managers can learn to give performance feedback focus on really difficult conversations first? It seems like a completely awful place to begin. Sort of like […]

It’s September. Start Your Story.

The beginning of the school year holds a tiny bit of magic. It’s the same magic that can be found at the beginning of a story – a good one […]

Success!

Among friends, colleagues and clients, the topic of success keeps popping up at an oddly frequent rate. Perhaps it’s because spring is in the air and fresh ideas are floating […]

Alice in Wonderland is Raging Against the Machine.

Nope, this is not some weird mashup. This is what I realized I was doing while fighting a needless mental battle about the work tasks I resent. I, unlike Alice, […]

Earth, Wind & Fire

Problems at work often focus on elemental descriptions: I’m completely buried; I’m blown-away; this project is on fire; we’re totally under water. That may be a sign that we enjoy […]

Starting Good Conversations – Part 1

What’s bugging you? Is there a situation at work or elsewhere that is stuck in your mind? You know, the loop of an idea that gets wedged into your noggin […]

Hey, Look! Free Brains!

Many companies use the phrase, “people are our greatest asset.” It is a fine sentiment. Despite the common use of that statement, senior management is often suspicious of their greatest […]

Cars, Art & the World of Work

Why do I work to improve workplace communication?  Why do I see intricate and immediate value in the infinite complexity of workplace communication?  Why doesn’t the sea of variability that […]