Making the Most of Downtime

April 1, 2018 at 3:30 am

When was the last time you wasted time? When you were “wasting time,” did you feel joyful and creative, or — if you’re like me, did you feel even a tiny bit guilty for “being unproductive?” How much better might it have been, how much more would you have enjoyed […]

The Quality of Bending Easily Without Breaking

March 4, 2018 at 3:30 am

When I began this blog about flexibility, I googled the definition and the first definition that came up was this: the quality of bending easily without breaking.  Which begs the question, how can we as managers find a way to bend our expectations to accommodate different styles of work, without breaking our […]

Meditate On It

February 18, 2018 at 3:30 am

What Do You Do When You Get Stuck? We’ve all been there. Working on a project and we just can’t seem to get to completion. Or at least not to a completion we are satisfied with. The project could be something short term, an assignment for a client, writing the […]

Which Kind of Leadership?

February 11, 2018 at 3:30 am

Some situations require a general to inspire us to “take the hill”. Some situations require someone from the group to lead, an informal leader. Some situations simply require wisdom; the wisdom of Socrates, to simply ask the right question. So easy to default to Option 1 and assume all situations require this. […]

January Reflections Part II – Bold Subtraction

January 28, 2018 at 3:30 am

As January draws to a close, and we perhaps reflect on the goals we set, perhaps even create a new habit or two like Jerry Seinfeld (January Reflections Part I), is it also time to reflect on the nature of our goals? Most of us tend to think in terms of additions. […]

January Reflections Part I – A Temporal Moment

January 21, 2018 at 3:30 am

I just finished reading Dan Pink’s latest book, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, which likely explains why I am focused on the meaning of January.  January 1, no surprise, is a temporal moment and Dan’s research supports this. We make resolutions on January 1, and for those of […]

It’s All About The Ride

January 7, 2018 at 3:30 am

Occasionally there are small moments in life that leave a lasting impact. As I think about my intentions for the new year, I am reminded of one of those small incidents, years ago. I was sitting on a bench at the old Union Station. An old man sat down next […]

Ego Diversification

November 19, 2017 at 3:30 am

What does it mean to diversify your ego? Does that even make sense? In the investment world, diversification is de rigueur. Anyone who works with an investment advisor has heard them talk about the benefits of holding a diversified portfolio. The reasons are pretty straightforward, asset classes typically move differently and […]

Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day?

September 3, 2017 at 3:30 am

When the first nationally recognized Labor Day was celebrated in 1894, the day consisted of a street parade sending up a message of “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” (in the words of the AFL). We have come a long way since then. Today most […]

What If We Meet Them Where They Are?

August 6, 2017 at 3:30 am

Most of the time, we have an agenda. Whether it is to close a deal, persuade our employees or our customers to “see the light” or simply to win. What if instead, we simply let things unfold at their own pace? What if instead, we seek to understand? What if […]