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Just Say Thank You!

Fall colors galore!

(image of fall colors courtesy of Cindy Ware)

This is Thanksgiving week in the United States – a reminder to slow down, pause, spend time with family and friends, and be thankful for our blessings.

It is a tradition that goes all the way back to that first autumn when the Pilgrims (North America’s original immigrants) harvested their crops, supposedly shared their bounty with the native American Indians and got ready to hunker down for the winter.

While some aspects of that first Thanksgiving are no doubt mythical, we have made the holiday into perhaps the quintessential American celebration. Read more

An Interview with an “expert” on the future of work (that would be me)

1502171419101371-social-hire-logo_ecI was recently interviewed by Social-Hire as part of their Expert Interview program. It was a wide-ranging conversation about the changing nature of the workforce, the need for a radically new kind of organizational leadership, and how to attract and retain talent in this age of networked knowledge that we’ve created.

Here is a brief excerpt that reflects my perspective on why so many of us are frustrated and discouraged about our work experiences: Read more

Put the Why Before the What

animated-wreath-bellsFirst of all, best wishes for this holiday season – and for every day of the rest of your life. December is a time for slowing down, spending time with your family and friends, and appreciating the blessings of being alive in this exciting time.

Please take some time this week to reflect on the year that is ending, and do some serious thinking about the incredible opportunities that lie ahead in 2015.

Here are a few questions that might help with your reflections:

  • Why are you focused on what you are focused on?
  • What are you most proud of that you accomplished this year?
  • What opportunities did you let slip away?
  • What do you want to stop doing next year?
  • What do you want to start doing?
  • Deep down, what do you care about? Why?

But please don’t fall into the trap of making overly ambitious new year’s resolutions; if they are difficult to achieve, or presume a sudden change of habits, or require new skills that you haven’t mastered yet, the chances are you won’t accomplish your goals, and you’ll end up beating up on yourself.

Focus less on the What and more on the Why. Read more

Every Big Change Starts Small


“I kept complaining ‘Somebody should do something about that,’ and then I realized I am Somebody.” – Anonymous

I don’t know where I first heard that statement about taking personal responsibility for making the future happen, but it was on my mind frequently last week while I was attending World Workplace 2014 in New Orleans.

I enjoyed seeing and working with many long-term friends and colleagues, and experiencing the many wonderful sights and sounds of Bourbon Street and other less-well-known spots in New Orleans.

But while I lapped up the culinary treats, it was the food for thought that made the week worthwhile.

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To See a Corporate Culture, Listen to its Conversations

What does a fish know about the water in which he swims all his life?” (Albert Einstein)

I’ve become convinced that the “water” in which organizations swim is the conversations that take place every day, in meetings, in hallways, in the executive suite, on phone calls, in email exchanges, and in marketing materials and contract negotiations.

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Three Special Events

There are three important professional events coming up over the next couple of months that you should seriously consider attending. Here’s a quick overview of each of them, with links to where you can find more information and register to attend them.

WorkTech14 – New York City (May 15)

This one-day event sponsored by Unwired is one of about 20 similar gatherings that will take place in major cities all over the world in 2014. [continue reading...]