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NonsenseAtWork

By The Chief Nonsense Officer
Nonsense stops you from being successful. Nonsense is always at work. It never stops. That’s the bad news. The good news is that there is always some sense in nonsense, if you look for it. The Chief Nonsense Officer aims to help you make the nonsense at work work for you (in 60 seconds. No more, no less). Make contact via james@nonsenseatwork.com
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#258: Why Coaches and Consultants Love the Rude and Insensitive
This is Part 3 of 3 of "Why Opening Up Is Riskier Than Bottling Up. It’s often easier to keep a lid on." As we begin to open up… As some countries, some states, some counties, some municipalities, some businesses and some minds begin to open up, let me open up about what I don’t know whether to keep bottled up. As you know, nonsense at work causes the nonsense at work. Like the Yo-Yo decisions on flexi or in-flexi jobs. And the unnecessary confusion as to who at work has the real power to pick who works from where. Should I open up and admit that nonsense at work does not really annoy me? Because, like some people you know at work, I benefit from the nonsense at work. (Now that I see it in stark black and white print, maybe I should keep the last part bottled up. But it really is exciting to see such an up-tick in nonsense at work.)
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June 24, 2021
#257: Solutions Searching for Problems Create Nonsense at Work
This is Part 2 of 3 of "Why Opening Up Is Riskier Than Bottling Up. It’s often easier to keep a lid on." As we begin to open up… As some countries, some states, some counties, some municipalities, some businesses and some minds begin to open up, let me open up about what I don’t know whether to keep bottled up. As you know, nonsense at work causes the nonsense at work. Like the Yo-Yo decisions on flexi or in-flexi jobs. And the unnecessary confusion as to who at work has the real power to pick who works from where. Should I open up and admit that nonsense at work does not really annoy me? Because, like some people you know at work, I benefit from the nonsense at work. (Now that I see it in stark black and white print, maybe I should keep the last part bottled up. But it really is exciting to see such an up-tick in nonsense at work.)
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June 23, 2021
#256: When Abuse of the P Word Spoils It for Adults
This is Part 1 of 3 of "Why Opening Up Is Riskier Than Bottling Up. It’s often easier to keep a lid on." As we begin to open up… As some countries, some states, some counties, some municipalities, some businesses and some minds begin to open up, let me open up about what I don’t know whether to keep bottled up. As you know, nonsense at work causes the nonsense at work. Like the Yo-Yo decisions on flexi or in-flexi jobs. And the unnecessary confusion as to who at work has the real power to pick who works from where. Should I open up and admit that nonsense at work does not really annoy me? Because, like some people you know at work, I benefit from the nonsense at work. (Now that I see it in stark black and white print, maybe I should keep the last part bottled up. But it really is exciting to see such an up-tick in nonsense at work.)
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June 22, 2021
#255: Know Yourself To Stop the Shaking
This is Part 3 of 3 of "Oh, the Choices We Make. And the Ones We Don’t." Do you know what I like about living in a (relatively) free country? I make my own choices. Every day. Do you know what I don’t like about living in a (relatively) free country? I must choose. Every day. Enough said.
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June 17, 2021
#254: Diminishing Choices Make Us Who We Are So Far
This is Part 2 of 3 of "Oh, the Choices We Make. And the Ones We Don’t." Do you know what I like about living in a (relatively) free country? I make my own choices. Every day. Do you know what I don’t like about living in a (relatively) free country? I must choose. Every day. Enough said.
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June 16, 2021
#253: Live Life the Way You Plan Vacations
This is Part 1 of 3 of "Oh, the Choices We Make. And the Ones We Don’t." Do you know what I like about living in a (relatively) free country? I make my own choices. Every day. Do you know what I don’t like about living in a (relatively) free country? I must choose. Every day. Enough said.
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June 15, 2021
#252: Ask Why Successfully
This is Part 3 of 3 of "It’s Time We Question Our Questionable Questions. By asking better questions." Our new world order… Note, I did not say New World Order. Oh, what the heck. Let me cut the nonsense. In our new world dis-order, a lot of questions are asked and even more remain unanswered. (I’m sure you can figure that out.) So let me ask you. Have you asked good questions lately? Or have you, too, been asking the same questions over and over? (No, sorry. “Why me?” does not count. You are not the only one who has asked that one over and over this past year.) Now let me ask you this. Would you like me to give you a few tips on how to ask better questions? No? Well, I need not have asked, because I’m going to tip you a few answers in any case. But keep this in mind. Time was when better questions got you better answers. Today? Better questions might, with a bit of luck and perseverance, get you one answer.
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June 10, 2021
#251: Stop for Full Stops Under Question Marks
This is Part 2 of 3 of "It’s Time We Question Our Questionable Questions. By asking better questions." Our new world order… Note, I did not say New World Order. Oh, what the heck. Let me cut the nonsense. In our new world dis-order, a lot of questions are asked and even more remain unanswered. (I’m sure you can figure that out.) So let me ask you. Have you asked good questions lately? Or have you, too, been asking the same questions over and over? (No, sorry. “Why me?” does not count. You are not the only one who has asked that one over and over this past year.) Now let me ask you this. Would you like me to give you a few tips on how to ask better questions? No? Well, I need not have asked, because I’m going to tip you a few answers in any case. But keep this in mind. Time was when better questions got you better answers. Today? Better questions might, with a bit of luck and perseverance, get you one answer.
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June 9, 2021
#250: Know the Right Answer To Ask the Right Question
This is Part 1 of 3 of "It’s Time We Question Our Questionable Questions. By asking better questions." Our new world order… Note, I did not say New World Order. Oh, what the heck. Let me cut the nonsense. In our new world dis-order, a lot of questions are asked and even more remain unanswered. (I’m sure you can figure that out.) So let me ask you. Have you asked good questions lately? Or have you, too, been asking the same questions over and over? (No, sorry. “Why me?” does not count. You are not the only one who has asked that one over and over this past year.) Now let me ask you this. Would you like me to give you a few tips on how to ask better questions? No? Well, I need not have asked, because I’m going to tip you a few answers in any case. But keep this in mind. Time was when better questions got you better answers. Today? Better questions might, with a bit of luck and perseverance, get you one answer.
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June 8, 2021
#249: Kill Your Fly Report To Add Buzz to Your Comms
This is Part 3 of 3 of "As We Open Up, Don’t Be the Office Hog. Share what you know or be isolated again." As you come out (from behind the mask and the screen), as you step into that space called The Office, you have a choice. To share what you know you know or to hog what you don’t know you don’t know. (Or is it vice versa?) Read the full introduction: https://nonsenseatwork.com/as-we-open-up-dont-be-the-office-hog/
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June 3, 2021
#248: Don’t Forget Your (Corporate) Memory
This is Part 2 of 3 of "As We Open Up, Don’t Be the Office Hog. Share what you know or be isolated again." As you come out (from behind the mask and the screen), as you step into that space called The Office, you have a choice. To share what you know you know or to hog what you don’t know you don’t know. (Or is it vice versa?) Read the full introduction: https://nonsenseatwork.com/as-we-open-up-dont-be-the-office-hog/
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June 2, 2021
#247: Don’t Be a Know-and-Hog
This is Part 1 of 3 of "As We Open Up, Don’t Be the Office Hog. Share what you know or be isolated again." As you come out (from behind the mask and the screen), as you step into that space called The Office, you have a choice. To share what you know you know or to hog what you don’t know you don’t know. (Or is it vice versa?) Read the full introduction: https://nonsenseatwork.com/as-we-open-up-dont-be-the-office-hog/
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June 1, 2021
#246: Face the Right Way or Back Into the Wrong Problem
This is part 3 of 3 of "Step Out, Turn Around and Lead From Behind. Or you’ll face the wrong problem as you back into the future." On Days Like This (Van Morrison), when I Can’t Tell The Bottom From The Top (The Hollies) and everything is Over My Head (Fleetwood Mac), what’s a Poor Boy (Steve Earle) gonna do? I suppose this is just The Trouble With Normal (Bruce Cockburn). The new normal, that is. The old normal is history. It Don’t Come Easy (Ringo Starr) no more. I know I am Taking It All Too Hard (Genesis). Surely, All Things Must Pass (George Harrison). And With A Bit Of Luck (Frederick Loewe/My Fair Lady), I will Get It Right The Next Time (Gerry Rafferty). That is, as long as I stop believing that I Call The Shots (Malcolm Holcombe). Because sometimes I don’t.
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May 27, 2021
#245: Step Aside To See Where To Lead
This is part 2 of 3 of "Step Out, Turn Around and Lead From Behind. Or you’ll face the wrong problem as you back into the future." On Days Like This (Van Morrison), when I Can’t Tell The Bottom From The Top (The Hollies) and everything is Over My Head (Fleetwood Mac), what’s a Poor Boy (Steve Earle) gonna do? I suppose this is just The Trouble With Normal (Bruce Cockburn). The new normal, that is. The old normal is history. It Don’t Come Easy (Ringo Starr) no more. I know I am Taking It All Too Hard (Genesis). Surely, All Things Must Pass (George Harrison). And With A Bit Of Luck (Frederick Loewe/My Fair Lady), I will Get It Right The Next Time (Gerry Rafferty). That is, as long as I stop believing that I Call The Shots (Malcolm Holcombe). Because sometimes I don’t.
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May 26, 2021
#244: Step Outside To Think Differently
This is part 1 of 3 of "Step Out, Turn Around and Lead From Behind. Or you’ll face the wrong problem as you back into the future." On Days Like This (Van Morrison), when I Can’t Tell The Bottom From The Top (The Hollies) and everything is Over My Head (Fleetwood Mac), what’s a Poor Boy (Steve Earle) gonna do? I suppose this is just The Trouble With Normal (Bruce Cockburn). The new normal, that is. The old normal is history. It Don’t Come Easy (Ringo Starr) no more.  I know I am Taking It All Too Hard (Genesis). Surely, All Things Must Pass (George Harrison). And With A Bit Of Luck (Frederick Loewe/My Fair Lady), I will Get It Right The Next Time (Gerry Rafferty).  That is, as long as I stop believing that I Call The Shots (Malcolm Holcombe). Because sometimes I don’t.
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May 25, 2021
#243: Your ignorance should engage you, not glaze you
This is Part 3 of 3 of "How to zoom through your meetings. Or zoom out of your job." With a lot of luck, a garnish of garlic and a wooden stake or two, we can finally go back to… …in-person meetings! Maybe I got that wrong. Maybe it should be: With a lot of luck, a garnish of garlic and a wooden stake or two, we can finally kill off (unnecessary) meetings. Not matter which one applies to you, I offer the following thoughts to make your next meeting less of a nonsense event.
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May 20, 2021
#242: Meet to make your point quickly
This is Part 2 of 3 of "How to zoom through your meetings. Or zoom out of your job." With a lot of luck, a garnish of garlic and a wooden stake or two, we can finally go back to… …in-person meetings! Maybe I got that wrong. Maybe it should be: With a lot of luck, a garnish of garlic and a wooden stake or two, we can finally kill off (unnecessary) meetings. Not matter which one applies to you, I offer the following thoughts to make your next meeting less of a nonsense event.
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May 19, 2021
#241: Feel Compelled To Meet. Or Not.
This is Part 1 of 3 of "How to zoom through your meetings. Or zoom out of your job." With a lot of luck, a garnish of garlic and a wooden stake or two, we can finally go back to… …in-person meetings! Maybe I got that wrong. Maybe it should be: With a lot of luck, a garnish of garlic and a wooden stake or two, we can finally kill off (unnecessary) meetings. Not matter which one applies to you, I offer the following thoughts to make your next meeting less of a nonsense event.  
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May 18, 2021
#240: It Drives Me Nuts To Take Daily Decisions Without Blame
Here's Part 4 of 4 of "When Tough Decisions Are Hard To Make… …Flip a Coin." It’s time for all decision-makers (yes, you) to play the latest decisions-decisions game. Here’s how to play. Fill in the blanks between the brackets in the following sentence. Then drive yourself nuts trying to pick one: To be (…) or not to be (…). (Don’t let Prince Hamlet fool you. To be is not the question. To be is the decision. Your decision.) Here are a few hints to get you going. To be (in the office) or not to be (in the office). To be (masked) or not to be (masked). To be (vaccinated) or not to be (vaccinated). To be (decisive) or not to be (decisive). To be (the leader they need me to be) or not to be (the leader they need me to be). Now it’s your turn to play. But note these two rules. Playing is not optional — you may not decide to not decide. And your decisions reserve the right to go public, with or without your blessing. Rule #1 has always applied, but Rule #2 is new. That Virus has made many decisions, and non-decisions, go viral. Have a nice game.
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May 14, 2021
#239: When in Doubt, Flip Your Gut Decision
Here's Part 3 of 4 of "When Tough Decisions Are Hard To Make… …Flip a Coin." It’s time for all decision-makers (yes, you) to play the latest decisions-decisions game. Here’s how to play. Fill in the blanks between the brackets in the following sentence. Then drive yourself nuts trying to pick one: To be (…) or not to be (…). (Don’t let Prince Hamlet fool you. To be is not the question. To be is the decision. Your decision.) Here are a few hints to get you going. To be (in the office) or not to be (in the office). To be (masked) or not to be (masked). To be (vaccinated) or not to be (vaccinated). To be (decisive) or not to be (decisive). To be (the leader they need me to be) or not to be (the leader they need me to be). Now it’s your turn to play. But note these two rules. Playing is not optional — you may not decide to not decide. And your decisions reserve the right to go public, with or without your blessing. Rule #1 has always applied, but Rule #2 is new. That Virus has made many decisions, and non-decisions, go viral. Have a nice game.
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May 13, 2021
#238: Sometimes It Is Wiser To Decide To Delay Deciding
Here's Part 2 of 4 of "When Tough Decisions Are Hard To Make… …Flip a Coin." It’s time for all decision-makers (yes, you) to play the latest decisions-decisions game. Here’s how to play. Fill in the blanks between the brackets in the following sentence. Then drive yourself nuts trying to pick one: To be (…) or not to be (…). (Don’t let Prince Hamlet fool you. To be is not the question. To be is the decision. Your decision.) Here are a few hints to get you going. To be (in the office) or not to be (in the office). To be (masked) or not to be (masked). To be (vaccinated) or not to be (vaccinated). To be (decisive) or not to be (decisive). To be (the leader they need me to be) or not to be (the leader they need me to be). Now it’s your turn to play. But note these two rules. Playing is not optional — you may not decide to not decide. And your decisions reserve the right to go public, with or without your blessing. Rule #1 has always applied, but Rule #2 is new. That Virus has made many decisions, and non-decisions, go viral. Have a nice game.
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May 12, 2021
#237: Don’t Let Making a Decision Stop You Taking One
Here's Part 1 of 4 of "When Tough Decisions Are Hard To Make… …Flip a Coin." It’s time for all decision-makers (yes, you) to play the latest decisions-decisions game. Here’s how to play. Fill in the blanks between the brackets in the following sentence. Then drive yourself nuts trying to pick one: To be (…) or not to be (…). (Don’t let Prince Hamlet fool you. To be is not the question. To be is the decision. Your decision.) Here are a few hints to get you going. To be (in the office) or not to be (in the office). To be (masked) or not to be (masked). To be (vaccinated) or not to be (vaccinated). To be (decisive) or not to be (decisive). To be (the leader they need me to be) or not to be (the leader they need me to be). Now it’s your turn to play. But note these two rules. Playing is not optional — you may not decide to not decide. And your decisions reserve the right to go public, with or without your blessing. Rule #1 has always applied, but Rule #2 is new. That Virus has made many decisions, and non-decisions, go viral.  Have a nice game.
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May 11, 2021
#236: When Motherly Nonsense Wilts Flowers
This is Part 3 of 3 of "Kill a Flower for Mother’s Day Niceness. Mother Earth will deal with you later." Listen up, you many kids of all ages. It’s almost Mother’s Day. You know what that means, don’t you? Florists are happy as flowers are sacrificed. What about mothers? Believe it or not, this one-day be-nice behavior does not fool mothers. They worry about your conduct on the other 364 days. (What if you don’t have a mother? You had one. Once. And you still have Mother Earth. She needs you now more than ever. So please leave her flowers alone.)
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May 6, 2021
#235: Earn Your Daily Brat Once a Year
This is Part 2 of 3 of "Kill a Flower for Mother’s Day Niceness. Mother Earth will deal with you later." Listen up, you many kids of all ages. It’s almost Mother’s Day. You know what that means, don’t you? Florists are happy as flowers are sacrificed. What about mothers? Believe it or not, this one-day be-nice behavior does not fool mothers. They worry about your conduct on the other 364 days. (What if you don’t have a mother? You had one. Once. And you still have Mother Earth. She needs you now more than ever. So please leave her flowers alone.)
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May 5, 2021
#234: How To Deal With Mother-Stress
This is Part 1 of 3 of "Kill a Flower for Mother’s Day Niceness. Mother Earth will deal with you later." Listen up, you many kids of all ages. It’s almost Mother’s Day. You know what that means, don’t you? Florists are happy as flowers are sacrificed. What about mothers? Believe it or not, this one-day be-nice behavior does not fool mothers. They worry about your conduct on the other 364 days. (What if you don’t have a mother? You had one. Once. And you still have Mother Earth. She needs you now more than ever. So please leave her flowers alone.)
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May 4, 2021
#233: Assuming Sense in the Presence of Nonsense Invites a Stab in the Back
This is Part 3 of 3 of "We Teach Our Nonsense Well. Now we should pity our poor children." Once upon a time, I knew nonsense when I saw it. I had no doubts, ifs, nor buts. Back then nonsense and sense were clearly divided in my mind, even as I understood that what made sense to me might be nonsense to you. And, of course, vice versa. But today we present all kinds of uncommon nonsense as common sense. We should pity our poor children, for we have failed the basic test of adulthood. Instead of helping the next generation make sense of our world, we’re spin-doctoring what was once worldly into nonsense.
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April 29, 2021
#232: Teach Your Kids Shades of Gray
This is Part 2 of 3 of "We Teach Our Nonsense Well. Now we should pity our poor children." Once upon a time, I knew nonsense when I saw it. I had no doubts, ifs, nor buts. Back then nonsense and sense were clearly divided in my mind, even as I understood that what made sense to me might be nonsense to you. And, of course, vice versa. But today we present all kinds of uncommon nonsense as common sense. We should pity our poor children, for we have failed the basic test of adulthood. Instead of helping the next generation make sense of our world, we’re spin-doctoring what was once worldly into nonsense.
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April 28, 2021
#231: Don’t Waste a Nonsense Moment
This is Part 1 of 3 of "We Teach Our Nonsense Well. Now we should pity our poor children." Once upon a time, I knew nonsense when I saw it. I had no doubts, ifs, nor buts. Back then nonsense and sense were clearly divided in my mind, even as I understood that what made sense to me might be nonsense to you. And, of course, vice versa. But today we present all kinds of uncommon nonsense as common sense. We should pity our poor children, for we have failed the basic test of adulthood. Instead of helping the next generation make sense of our world, we’re spin-doctoring what was once worldly into nonsense.
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April 27, 2021
#230: Co-Operate for Shared Unhappiness
This is Part 3 of 3 of "Let’s collaborate to kill co-operation. Before co-operation, as we practise it, kills us." Once again I am amazed how well people can work together to achieve a common goal, whether it is to protect the planet, defend democracy or promote public health. Well, maybe half the people work well together. But which half? If only we could figure out which half wasn’t playing nice, we could do something about it (or them). The problem is that there are so many permutations of what makes up which half. Even worse, people keep changing their minds, their behavior, and the half we thought they were in. And yet, here we humans are, still surviving and thriving. Astounding. But somehow puzzling.
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April 22, 2021
#229: Walk Away if Your Deal Isn’t Mutually Beneficial
This is Part 2 of 3 of "Let’s collaborate to kill co-operation. Before co-operation, as we practise it, kills us." Once again I am amazed how well people can work together to achieve a common goal, whether it is to protect the planet, defend democracy or promote public health. Well, maybe half the people work well together. But which half? If only we could figure out which half wasn’t playing nice, we could do something about it (or them). The problem is that there are so many permutations of what makes up which half. Even worse, people keep changing their minds, their behavior, and the half we thought they were in. And yet, here we humans are, still surviving and thriving. Astounding. But somehow puzzling.
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April 21, 2021
#228: I Win if You Lose but We Survive Together
This is Part 1 of 3 of "Let’s collaborate to kill co-operation. Before co-operation, as we practise it, kills us." Once again I am amazed how well people can work together to achieve a common goal, whether it is to protect the planet, defend democracy or promote public health. Well, maybe half the people work well together. But which half? If only we could figure out which half wasn’t playing nice, we could do something about it (or them). The problem is that there are so many permutations of what makes up which half. Even worse, people keep changing their minds, their behavior, and the half we thought they were in. And yet, here we humans are, still surviving and thriving. Astounding. But somehow puzzling.
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April 20, 2021
#227: To Trigger Failure, Delegate What You Dislike
This is Part 3 of 3 of "Delegate Dumbly or Delegate Smartly, It’s Your Call - Either Way, You’ll Be Remembered for Both." Out of sight, out of mind only makes the heart grow fonder in the short term. We have been out of sight for more than a year. Now there’s a fresh fear on the block. The fear of being forgotten, working at home alone. It makes us do dumb things. Like working harder and longer to prove our worth. To show we matter. To make them need us. To be remembered. Oh, right. We did that back in the office, back in the old days, back when we were also dumb. Apparently, the more things change, the more… never mind.
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April 15, 2021
#226: Don’t Micro-Manage Your Absolute Advantage Into Nothing
This is Part 2 of 3 of "Delegate Dumbly or Delegate Smartly, It’s Your Call - Either Way, You’ll Be Remembered for Both." Out of sight, out of mind only makes the heart grow fonder in the short term. We have been out of sight for more than a year. Now there’s a fresh fear on the block. The fear of being forgotten, working at home alone. It makes us do dumb things. Like working harder and longer to prove our worth. To show we matter. To make them need us. To be remembered. Oh, right. We did that back in the office, back in the old days, back when we were also dumb. Apparently, the more things change, the more… never mind.
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April 14, 2021
#225: Don’t Fear To Delegate Smartly
This is Part 1 of 3 of "Delegate Dumbly or Delegate Smartly, It’s Your Call - Either Way, You’ll Be Remembered for Both." Out of sight, out of mind only makes the heart grow fonder in the short term. We have been out of sight for more than a year. Now there’s a fresh fear on the block. The fear of being forgotten, working at home alone. It makes us do dumb things. Like working harder and longer to prove our worth. To show we matter. To make them need us. To be remembered.  Oh, right. We did that back in the office, back in the old days, back when we were also dumb. Apparently, the more things change, the more… never mind.
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April 13, 2021
#224: Business Is Not a (Team) Sport
This is Part 3 of 3: "Why Team Building Is Not a Sport - Unless your business is a sport" Spring is in the air and I can almost hear consultants and HR people planning this year's team building events. Maybe not this year. That’s one positive brought to us courtesy of enforced social distancing. (Not so long ago you, like me, might have wished for a bit of social distancing when forced to take part in another inane team building exercise.) Well, maybe even this year. Never doubt the creative power of people who get paid to believe that one more group exercise will surely make you a better working-from-home-alone team player. (If you love and miss team building exercises, unlike me, then stop reading. Else what follows will annoy you into wanting to do something about my morale. Like sending me on a team building exercise.)
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April 8, 2021
#223: The Hole Team Building Exercise
This is Part 2 of 3: "Why Team Building Is Not a Sport - Unless your business is a sport" Spring is in the air and I can almost hear consultants and HR people planning this year's team building events. Maybe not this year. That’s one positive brought to us courtesy of enforced social distancing. (Not so long ago you, like me, might have wished for a bit of social distancing when forced to take part in another inane team building exercise.) Well, maybe even this year. Never doubt the creative power of people who get paid to believe that one more group exercise will surely make you a better working-from-home-alone team player. (If you love and miss team building exercises, unlike me, then stop reading. Else what follows will annoy you into wanting to do something about my morale. Like sending me on a team building exercise.)
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April 7, 2021
#222: Team Building Makes Me Nervous
This is Part 1 of 3: "Why Team Building Is Not a Sport - Unless your business is a sport" Spring is in the air and I can almost hear consultants and HR people planning this year's team building events. Maybe not this year. That’s one positive brought to us courtesy of enforced social distancing. (Not so long ago you, like me, might have wished for a bit of social distancing when forced to take part in another inane team building exercise.) Well, maybe even this year. Never doubt the creative power of people who get paid to believe that one more group exercise will surely make you a better working-from-home-alone team player.  (If you love and miss team building exercises, unlike me, then stop reading. Else what follows will annoy you into wanting to do something about my morale. Like sending me on a team building exercise.)
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April 6, 2021
#221: Let Spring remind you that growth is not development
This is Part 3 of 3 of "Put a spring in your nagging: Because repetition turns growth into development." Moving to another continent in another hemisphere plays havoc with your habits and expectations. Who knew? During the first fifty years of my life I knew my left from my right, my spring from my autumn, and the time of day. After almost 20 years in the other hemisphere on a different continent in an unfamiliar country, I still get confused on the right side of the road, surprised that Christmas is cold, expect spring to be autumn, and find myself out of sync with a time that changes every six months. But I have learned that it is not my habits that hold me back. It is my history. History is heavy. And it is very sticky.
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April 1, 2021
#220: Redundant communication gets nagging results
This is Part 2 of 3 of "Put a spring in your nagging: Because repetition turns growth into development." Moving to another continent in another hemisphere plays havoc with your habits and expectations. Who knew? During the first fifty years of my life I knew my left from my right, my spring from my autumn, and the time of day. After almost 20 years in the other hemisphere on a different continent in an unfamiliar country, I still get confused on the right side of the road, surprised that Christmas is cold, expect spring to be autumn, and find myself out of sync with a time that changes every six months. But I have learned that it is not my habits that hold me back. It is my history. History is heavy. And it is very sticky.
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March 31, 2021
#219: Lighten up to put the spring in Spring
This is Part 1 of 3 of "Put a spring in your nagging: Because repetition turns growth into development." Moving to another continent in another hemisphere plays havoc with your habits and expectations. Who knew? During the first fifty years of my life I knew my left from my right, my spring from my autumn, and the time of day. After almost 20 years in the other hemisphere on a different continent in an unfamiliar country, I still get confused on the right side of the road, surprised that Christmas is cold, expect spring to be autumn, and find myself out of sync with a time that changes every six months. But I have learned that it is not my habits that hold me back. It is my history. History is heavy. And it is very sticky.
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March 30, 2021
#218:The smarter your phone, the dumber you are
This is Part 3 of 3 of "Don't talk to your phone (or the trees). Doing so makes you dumber than your phone (and the trees)." I remember the days of lifting the black handset off the black rotary dialer to hear the operator say, “Nommer asseblief!” You might wonder what she said, so I’ll tell you. She asked me which party I wanted her to connect me to. (In those days, talking to a person you could not see was as good as a party. Hence the terminology.) Some of you probably wonder what a rotary dialer is, so I’ll tell you. It’s the black box that we used to contact a human operator who would then connect us to the person, I mean party, with whom we wished to communicate. There are two other interesting facts about that communication process. Our only privacy concern was whether the operator was bored enough to bother listening in on our conversation. The other fact has become more important today. Back then we were smarter than the black box.
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March 25, 2021
#217: Smart enough to know GPS is a dot, not a direction
This is Part 2 of 3 of "Don't talk to your phone (or the trees). Doing so makes you dumber than your phone (and the trees)." I remember the days of lifting the black handset off the black rotary dialer to hear the operator say, “Nommer asseblief!” You might wonder what she said, so I’ll tell you. She asked me which party I wanted her to connect me to. (In those days, talking to a person you could not see was as good as a party. Hence the terminology.) Some of you probably wonder what a rotary dialer is, so I’ll tell you. It’s the black box that we used to contact a human operator who would then connect us to the person, I mean party, with whom we wished to communicate. There are two other interesting facts about that communication process. Our only privacy concern was whether the operator was bored enough to bother listening in on our conversation. The other fact has become more important today. Back then we were smarter than the black box.
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March 24, 2021
#216: Always on makes your day off
This is Part 1 of 3 of "Don't talk to your phone (or the trees). Doing so makes you dumber than your phone (and the trees)." I remember the days of lifting the black handset off the black rotary dialer to hear the operator say, “Nommer asseblief!” You might wonder what she said, so I’ll tell you. She asked me which party I wanted her to connect me to. (In those days, talking to a person you could not see was as good as a party. Hence the terminology.) Some of you probably wonder what a rotary dialer is, so I’ll tell you. It’s the black box that we used to contact a human operator who would then connect us to the person, I mean party, with whom we wished to communicate. There are two other interesting facts about that communication process. Our only privacy concern was whether the operator was bored enough to bother listening in on our conversation. The other fact has become more important today. Back then we were smarter than the black box.
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March 23, 2021
#215: When nut-cases and other capable employees leave
This is Part 3 of 3 of "Protect your unreasonable nut-cases at work: They stop you adapting to a new low" This is indeed our time of shared weird behavior, at home, at work and everywhere in between. You might by now be tempted to abuse the power vested in you by your hierarchy to change weird behavior to your liking. Please don’t. Encourage a bit of weirdness at work. Until you know for sure whether it promotes or stifles progress. Then protect it or kill it. What happens when you don’t protect a bit of weirdness? Well, you’ll trigger a vicious cycle that will leave you and your organization adapting to a new low instead of marching to higher ground.
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March 18, 2021
#214: Why your unreasonable people matter
This is Part 2 of 3 of "Protect your unreasonable nut-cases at work: They stop you adapting to a new low" This is indeed our time of shared weird behavior, at home, at work and everywhere in between. You might by now be tempted to abuse the power vested in you by your hierarchy to change weird behavior to your liking. Please don’t. Encourage a bit of weirdness at work. Until you know for sure whether it promotes or stifles progress. Then protect it or kill it. What happens when you don’t protect a bit of weirdness? Well, you’ll trigger a vicious cycle that will leave you and your organization adapting to a new low instead of marching to higher ground.
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March 17, 2021
#213: Making the case for nut-cases at work
This is Part 1 of 3 of "Protect your unreasonable nut-cases at work: They stop you adapting to a new low" This is indeed our time of shared weird behavior, at home, at work and everywhere in between. You might by now be tempted to abuse the power vested in you by your hierarchy to change weird behavior to your liking. Please don’t. Encourage a bit of weirdness at work. Until you know for sure whether it promotes or stifles progress. Then protect it or kill it.  What happens when you don’t protect a bit of weirdness? Well, you’ll trigger a vicious cycle that will leave you and your organization adapting to a new low instead of marching to higher ground.
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March 16, 2021
#212: Today is the start of your new honeymoon
This is Part 3 of 3 of "Step Up To Climb Every Ladder: forgiveness and blame awaits on every rung" The problem with ambition at work is that there are always shoes on the rung above the one you are balancing on. Well, maybe not always. Take my first corporate ladder as an example. My first formal job after my first formal degree came with a formal title and a formal office. But on my first formal day, my first formal boss resigned. The man who picked me as being worthy, who promised me riches in exchange for my productive loyalty, walked out the day I walked in. Unlike most corporate ladders, the one I stood on had only two rungs. And the rung above me was suddenly empty. That rung was the next one up, yes, but in terms of context and experience, it was a rung too far on a ladder too short. At least for me.
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March 11, 2021
#211: Promote your time frame to be promoted
This is Part 2 of 3 of "Step Up To Climb Every Ladder: forgiveness and blame awaits on every rung" The problem with ambition at work is that there are always shoes on the rung above the one you are balancing on. Well, maybe not always. Take my first corporate ladder as an example. My first formal job after my first formal degree came with a formal title and a formal office. But on my first formal day, my first formal boss resigned. The man who picked me as being worthy, who promised me riches in exchange for my productive loyalty, walked out the day I walked in. Unlike most corporate ladders, the one I stood on had only two rungs. And the rung above me was suddenly empty. That rung was the next one up, yes, but in terms of context and experience, it was a rung too far on a ladder too short. At least for me.
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March 10, 2021
#210: Six servings of impact on the corporate ladder
This is Part 1 of 3 of "Step Up To Climb Every Ladder: forgiveness and blame awaits on every rung" The problem with ambition at work is that there are always shoes on the rung above the one you are balancing on. Well, maybe not always. Take my first corporate ladder as an example. My first formal job after my first formal degree came with a formal title and a formal office. But on my first formal day, my first formal boss resigned. The man who picked me as being worthy, who promised me riches in exchange for my productive loyalty, walked out the day I walked in. Unlike most corporate ladders, the one I stood on had only two rungs. And the rung above me was suddenly empty. That rung was the next one up, yes, but in terms of context and experience, it was a rung too far on a ladder too short. At least for me.
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March 9, 2021
#209: Expertise does not make you a leader
This is Part 3 of 3 of "Why Fear Is Not a Leadership Game: The missing link in leadership" Have you heard the one about me being charged by a lioness? Of course you have! I keep telling it. Because she changed me. She taught me something about fear (obviously). And she gave me an insight into leadership (not so obvious). I got away from her because here I am telling you about it (really, really obvious). So what saved me?
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March 4, 2021
#208 Manage fear to trigger appropriate action
This is Part 2 of 3 of "Why Fear Is Not a Leadership Game: The missing link in leadership" Have you heard the one about me being charged by a lioness? Of course you have! I keep telling it. Because she changed me. She taught me something about fear (obviously). And she gave me an insight into leadership (not so obvious). I got away from her because here I am telling you about it (really, really obvious). So what saved me?
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March 3, 2021
#207: To escape the lions, be good at trust and compliance
This is Part 1 of 3 of "Why Fear Is Not a Leadership Game: The missing link in leadership" Have you heard the one about me being charged by a lioness? Of course you have! I keep telling it. Because she changed me. She taught me something about fear (obviously). And she gave me an insight into leadership (not so obvious). I got away from her because here I am telling you about it (really, really obvious). So what saved me?
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March 2, 2021
#206: Lead with your cloak of protective, positive energy
This is Part 2 (of 3) of "Ship your pessimism as you don a cloak of multi-optimism" Once upon a time committed shareholders went to the harbor to see their ship sail. And then, much, much later, they went to the harbor to see if it had come in. In between sailing and berthing, they lived patiently with the risk they had taken. They had no option. Today, many of us live with risk all around us. But no longer patiently. That ship has sailed. Soon we will reach the stage when we will no longer recognize our ship when it comes in. Thank goodness there are still leaders who wear cloaks of positivity as they optimistically scan the horizon. Welcome to the harbor.
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February 25, 2021
#205: Encourage your pet optimist
This is Part 2 (of 3) of "Ship your pessimism as you don a cloak of multi-optimism" Once upon a time committed shareholders went to the harbor to see their ship sail. And then, much, much later, they went to the harbor to see if it had come in. In between sailing and berthing, they lived patiently with the risk they had taken. They had no option. Today, many of us live with risk all around us. But no longer patiently. That ship has sailed. Soon we will reach the stage when we will no longer recognize our ship when it comes in. Thank goodness there are still leaders who wear cloaks of positivity as they optimistically scan the horizon. Welcome to the harbor.
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February 24, 2021
#204: The glare that will not see your ship come in
This is Part 1 (of 3) of "Ship your pessimism as you don a cloak of multi-optimism" Once upon a time committed shareholders went to the harbor to see their ship sail. And then, much, much later, they went to the harbor to see if it had come in. In between sailing and berthing, they lived patiently with the risk they had taken. They had no option. Today, many of us live with risk all around us. But no longer patiently. That ship has sailed. Soon we will reach the stage when we will no longer recognize our ship when it comes in. Thank goodness there are still leaders who wear cloaks of positivity as they optimistically scan the horizon. Welcome to the harbor.
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February 23, 2021
#203: Without two one is zero
This is Part 3 (of 3) of "Put a Stop at the Top of the Pyramid" Looking up (at leaders) is a downer. It need not be. We physically look up to our leaders because their box is drawn   higher on the chart and because they sit in a higher office (in both   meanings of the word office). We morally look up to our leaders  because…  Well, maybe once upon a time we did. The buck never seems to  stop  anymore. Here’s how to change it. At least at work, if not in the office (the other meaning of the word).
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February 18, 2021
#202: Be less visible to trigger more visible success
This is Part 2 (of 3) of "Put a Stop at the Top of the Pyramid" Looking up (at leaders) is a downer. It need not be. We physically look up to our leaders because their box is drawn  higher on the chart and because they sit in a higher office (in both  meanings of the word office). We morally look up to our leaders because…  Well, maybe once upon a time we did. The buck never seems to stop  anymore. Here’s how to change it. At least at work, if not in the office (the other meaning of the word).
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February 17, 2021
#201: Lead with a view of the lead
This is Part 1 (of 3) of "Put a Stop at the Top of the Pyramid" Looking up (at leaders) is a downer. It need not be.  We physically look up to our leaders because their box is drawn higher on the chart and because they sit in a higher office (in both meanings of the word office). We morally look up to our leaders because… Well, maybe once upon a time we did. The buck never seems to stop anymore. Here’s how to change it. At least at work, if not in the office (the other meaning of the word).
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February 16, 2021
#200: Avoid the sound of one brain storming
This  is part 4 of "Brainstorm for a better brainstorm." When trouble   looms  or problems multiply, what do the brave do? They brainstorm.  Well,  I  don’t like the typical brainstorm. And don’t even think of  thinking   outside the box.
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February 12, 2021
#199: Don’t brain on a cold start
This is part 3 of "Brainstorm for a better brainstorm." When trouble   looms or problems multiply, what do the brave do? They brainstorm.  Well,  I don’t like the typical brainstorm. And don’t even think of  thinking  outside the box.
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February 11, 2021
#198: Rightly fearful of thinking a box too far
This is part 2 of "Brainstorm for a better brainstorm." When trouble  looms or problems multiply, what do the brave do? They brainstorm. Well,  I don’t like the typical brainstorm. And don’t even think of thinking  outside the box.
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February 10, 2021
#197: The bonus in storming right
This is part 1 of "Brainstorm for a better brainstorm." When trouble looms or problems multiply, what do the brave do? They brainstorm. Well, I don’t like the typical brainstorm. And don’t even think of thinking outside the box.
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February 9, 2021
#196: Sometimes we need opposing qualities to be really effective (Part 3 of 3)
Are you going insane, regressing, or just being old-fashioned? One of those is an effective strategy. ("#196: Sometimes we need opposing qualities to be really effective" is Part 3 of 3)
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February 4, 2021
#195: Can you split definite into maybe? (Part 2 of 3)
Are you going insane, regressing, or just being old-fashioned? One of those is an effective strategy. ("#195: Can you split definite into maybe?" is Part 2 of 3)
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February 4, 2021
#194: Peck here to go insane over and over (Part 1 of 3)
Are you going insane, regressing, or just being old-fashioned? One of those is an effective strategy. ("#194: Peck here to go insane over and over" is Part 1 of 3)
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February 4, 2021
#193 How collaboration resists the tug of sub-optimization
Part 3 of Be a talker, not a fighter (See Episodes #191.1 and #191.2)
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January 28, 2021
#192 Co-operation leads to sub-optimization
Part 2 of Be a talker, not a fighter (See Episodes #191.1 and #191.3)
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January 27, 2021
#191 Be a talker, not a fighter
Then collaborate, don’t co-operate. (Explained in #191.2 and #191.3)
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January 26, 2021
#190: Update yourself before you’re outdated
If you don’t or won’t update, you’ll be passed over or passed by.
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January 19, 2021
#189: Evolution stuck at the level of the meanest muttering
What happens when we no longer frown on even simple rudeness
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January 13, 2021
You can change history-in-the-making, but not after the Big Day
Which is why you should pity poor Santa and yourself
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January 4, 2021
#187: The Mentor’s Dilemma
Being a master at does not entitle you to master over
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December 21, 2020
#186: Managers Must Minimize Bad Potatoes
Else the fizz will go out of getting work done well
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December 16, 2020
#185: How to Blow a Good Bonus on Hygiene
Money does not motivate. Not really.
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December 14, 2020
#184: Your Chance to Play the Festive Half-Are-Stupid Game
It’s only safe to play this time of year.
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December 9, 2020
#183: Sometimes Going Backwards Moves You Forward
And looking back is the only way to face your fears.
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December 7, 2020
#182: Be Prepared to Have More Fun
Always take a sweater.
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December 2, 2020
#181: Stop Selling Your Discounts
Two sales lessons to boost your festive sales success.
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November 30, 2020
#180: Entitled to Give Thanks
Obligations for nothing and the rights are free (with apologies to Dire Straits)
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November 25, 2020
The Fine Line Between Stick and Bully
And why the carrot is left dangling
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November 23, 2020
#178: Thanksgiving Before Expectations
Don’t withhold gratitude until you have received.
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November 18, 2020
#177: Who Leaves Untidy Mess...
...thinks Mother Nature untidy
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November 16, 2020
#176: Pass the Leadership Mantle On in Better Shape
Else it will lose its magic.
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November 11, 2020
#175: I Used to Be a but Man
But it’s time to stop being one.
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November 9, 2020
#174: The Lost U in Humor Puts the Joke on Us
It’s not funny if only U get to laugh.
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November 4, 2020
#173: Oh No, Sensible Them Is Now Us!
Why kids should be given the vote.
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November 2, 2020
#172: Where Dumb Leaders Originate
The risk in being too timid to speak up (and too lazy to vote)
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October 28, 2020
#171: The Buck Stops (Not) Here
What to do if your wrongdoings are exposed
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October 26, 2020
#170: Vice at Work
What an effective VP does.
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October 21, 2020
#169: Yawning in Meetings Is a Compliment
But only in the face of danger.
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October 19, 2020
#168: Stressing and Relaxing Causes Mental Fatigue
Better to pick one state and live with it
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October 14, 2020
#167: What Are You, a Projector or an Extender?
The one is acting, the other authentic.
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October 12, 2020
#166: Twitch Is How You Make Change Stick
Use the Lizard Effect to leave your behind behind.
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October 7, 2020
#165: Where Do Helpless Employees Come From?
From parents who equate loving with doing.
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October 5, 2020
#164: Wanted at Work: Less Personality, More Character
Will you fire me if I fail my personality test?
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October 1, 2020
#163: How to Easily Hit Your Far-Out Goals
Aim slightly higher at goals further out.
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September 29, 2020
#162: You Can Fake Leadership and Management
But boss is for real.
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September 24, 2020
#161: Why We-the-Insecure Are Led by Bravados on Display
We are attracted to leaders who reflect who we unconsciously are.
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September 22, 2020
#160: Fire Everyone Except Your Star Performer
Or fire your star performer and see others shine
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September 16, 2020
#159: Bright Is Not the Same As Wise
Bright outshines shadows allowing only one answer: The Answer
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September 15, 2020
#158: Effective Leaders Are Two-Faced
But there’s a right and a wrong way to be two-faced.
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September 10, 2020
#157: Skilled Doers Deserve More Respect Than Skilled Thinkers
Thinking for yourself does not automatically trounce manual skills.
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September 8, 2020
#156: You Will Be Subtracted When the Value You Add Becomes Negative
What every manager must explain to every employee.
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September 3, 2020
#155: How to Argue Your Way to Wisdom
Where you focus could make you wiser.
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September 2, 2020
#154: The Cost of One Thing Undone
One thing undone can mean day interrupted and project stalled.
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September 1, 2020
#153: Think on These Things to Stay True
Reflecting before responding makes us more honest.
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August 27, 2020
#152: Want to Be a High Flyer? Get a Little Black Box.
The black box records failure and overwrites success.
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August 26, 2020
#151: Want to Be Promoted? Do This.
Your promotion depends on whether you see outcomes or deliverables.
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August 25, 2020
#150: Denying Change Creates Innovation Sickness
Change can be sensed when not seen.
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August 20, 2020
#149: How to Decide Between Success and Failure
It depends on how you weigh two key elements.
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August 19, 2020
#148: Go Deep to Survive the Power of a Fool
We have spawned a generation too confident to appreciate the depths of experience.
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August 18, 2020
#147: Were You Prejudiced This Week?
You probably were, because it is so easy to pre-judge.
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August 14, 2020
#146: How to Make Yourself Hot and Bothered
Procrastination might fool others, but it won’t fool you.
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August 13, 2020
#145: Remember Me? I Work for You.
Now is exactly the time you should be more caring with your feedback and diligent with your appraisals. People at home need to feel remembered.
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August 11, 2020
#144: When Is a Problem an Opportunity?
A problem is an opportunity when the opportunity is not the problem.
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August 6, 2020
#143: What outcome do you want from what comes out of your mouth?
Speaking intentionally always trumps mindless waffle.
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August 5, 2020
#142: How to Tell if You Are Mentoring or Meddling
Either way, your mistakes will matter.
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August 4, 2020
#141: Why Being Rudderless in Life Brings You to a Stop
The trick to smooth sailing in life is to use your purpose as a rudder.
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July 30, 2020
#140: If You Wait for Feedback, Your Career Will Be Buried in Sand
You own your performance. Own your appraisal as well.
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July 29, 2020
#139: Pick a Mask, Any Mask
Wearing a mask is normal. It’s part of social lubrication.
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July 28, 2020
#138: A shared joke can yoke us in ways not funny
Laugh with and laugh at have different outcomes
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July 23, 2020
#137: Why “Cultivate Your Change” Is Not a Jingle
We fail when we treat change as an event and not as a process
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July 22, 2020
#136: Chew on This Thought if You Can
Now, more than ever, we should think with purpose. I think.
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July 21, 2020
#135: You Could Be on the Downhill to Sticky Success
Do this in July if you don’t want to repeat January’s resolutions next year
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July 16, 2020
#134: Go With the Flow Until You Are Hungry
Why I questioned one of my favorite seven rules to easy success.
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July 15, 2020
#133: When You’re Feeling Down, Look Up
You probably have scattered thinking blues
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July 14, 2020
#132: If You Don’t Get It, Fill It or Zip It
Two strategies for so much to know in so little time.
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July 9, 2020
#131: Failure comes from tools to blame
I often catch myself thinking, “If only I had that smart phone app, or this new tablet or that thin laptop or this stunning software, then I will....”
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July 8, 2020
#130: Lazy likes it hotter
People who show little respect for their personal space are unlikely to show respect for public space. This lack of respect is killing our planet.
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July 7, 2020
#129: How to step lightly and smell like roses
Here's a tried and tested way to create more time to smell the roses.
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July 2, 2020
#128: To succeed, don’t play nice at work
Do you work for a nice organization? You do? I’m so sorry to hear that. Nice is not always successful.
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July 1, 2020
#127: Which will you be, stubbornly persistent or persistently stubborn?
If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. Except that sometimes you will appear to be stubbornly persistent and at others persistently stubborn.
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June 30, 2020
#126: Seek multiple sources of unlikeable feedback
Tell me, what is worse than not asking for feedback? Yes, not heeding feedback is rather bad. But having only one source of feedback is even worse.
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June 25, 2020
#125: Rough becomes smooth and so should you
Take a look at pebbles in a stream. Which ones do you like, the smooth, round ones, or the sharp, rough ones?
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June 23, 2020
#124: Speak funny so that others will understand you
Do you listen to hear or do you listen to understand?
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June 19, 2020
#123: Be wise enough to stay positively stupid
What is wisdom? If you don’t know, then you are obviously not wise enough. But don’t worry, if you live long enough you will be.
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June 18, 2020
#122: Don’t let perceived rules trigger conditioned nonsense
Why don’t you slow down when you drive at night? Here’s why. Because the posted speed signs tell you not to.
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June 16, 2020
#121: A bully at the top promotes team work
The typical organization is a hierarchy of imbalanced power, which makes it a perfect bully factory. Unless the leaders stop it.
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June 10, 2020
#120: Here's the one skill we don't need in our leaders
If there is one thing I have learned in the land obsessed with leadership, then it’s this. I’m a silly old fool.
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June 9, 2020
#119: The right way to be all right is to be comfortably wrong
Being right is a moment-to-moment affair. Right becomes wrong as easily as wrong becomes right.
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June 4, 2020
#118: Cut out playacting to re-invent forward, not backward
Any fool can rewrite history and only fools will believe him, which is why I’m not jealous of that skill.
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June 3, 2020
#117: Advice for wannabe leaders: Keep your shoes on
What exactly would you feel if you put your feet into someone else’s shoes?
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June 2, 2020
#116: How to know which lead in leadership you should use
What do the letters “L E A D” spell?  Lead as in leader or lead as in heavy?
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May 28, 2020
#115: Why we still don’t believe your “I didn’t do it!”
Too many people in power don’t understand what it means to be responsible. Responsibility is the ability to respond.
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May 27, 2020
#114: Why we walk the same path with different expectations
To this day, I imagine lions and elephants where none are to be expected.
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May 26, 2020
#113: Please care enough to criticize someone you like
When people stop caring about you, they stop criticizing you. They have written you off and given you up.
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May 21, 2020
#112: How to make big decisions easier to take
Few of us enjoy making big decisions. And yet make them we must. So it helps to understand a few things about big decisions.
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May 20, 2020
#111: Why you are the anchor in the puzzle of your life
A single piece of a jigsaw puzzle makes little sense. When linked correctly with other pieces, the sense appears.
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May 19, 2020
#110: Why facts don’t really matter
A fact doesn’t care; a fact just is.
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May 14, 2020
#109: Violent prude shocked by toilets
It seems to me that the more graphically violent our movies and television shows become, the more prudish we become in voicing what is more natural to the body.
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May 13, 2020
#108: Big shoes to fill leave footprints to clean up
The need to be remembered is equally damaging. It creates a lot of nonsense for our children to clean up.
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May 12, 2020
#107: Don’t ask for serenity. Just change what must be altered.
Don’t ask for the serenity to accept the things you cannot change. Just get on with it.
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May 7, 2020
#106: Your success depends on your choice of effect
Do you do things for effect or do you do things for effect? This is an extremely important question, so please take your time. It is such a critical question to ponder that I will now pause for effect.
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May 5, 2020
#105: Don’t waste wasted time
Do you feel guilty about wasting time? Here’s how to get over it.
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April 30, 2020
#104: Please don’t fake it for my benefit
Faking upwards only works if you have the foundation but lack the self-belief. It does not work if you have loads of self-belief but no grounding in reality.
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April 29, 2020
#103: When negative thoughts are positive
Negative self-talk serves a positive purpose – to stop you getting positively hurt or becoming positively dead.
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April 28, 2020
#102: Create a sound bark rather than a sound bite
For your next phone/video call: stay nice on air.
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April 23, 2020
#101: When the going gets tough, real toughs go where they can see clearly
When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Tell me, how do you interpret the part about the tough get going?
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April 21, 2020
#100: Spring back from knocked into shape and cut down to size
Oh! To be able to recover like that every time I get knocked into shape and cut down to size.
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April 16, 2020
#99: Nothing happens until you make a move, any old move
Nothing happens until you make a move.
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April 15, 2020
#98: Beware the not quite empty promise
Thanks to those empty symbols of fake fertility, I am perpetually suspicious of anything too nicely wrapped.
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April 14, 2020
#97: When downers are uppers
Don’t be sad. Depression could be good for you. Maybe not the deep kind, but the odd bout of the downers could lift you up.
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April 7, 2020
#96: Feel safe enough to be happier now
What matters more, being safe or feeling safe?
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April 2, 2020
#95: Fixating on the pooh side of a task is not a game
Don't fixate on the pooh side of the task.
01:00
April 1, 2020
#94: Managing our leaders to get things done
I get annoyed when people act as if leadership and management are interchangeable.
01:00
March 31, 2020
#93: Why working from home is impossible
According to basic science, it is impossible to work from home, so how can it increase performance?
01:00
March 24, 2020
#92: Using intuition without experience can hurt
When it comes to making decisions, do you go on intuition and gut feel or do you deliberate and evaluate?
01:00
March 18, 2020
#91: There is no charm in being late
Many a date who kept me waiting had real charms at play, but I have yet to find the charm in those who keep me waiting at work.
01:00
March 17, 2020
#90: It is time to blame we the people
We blame the organization when we should blame the individuals who comprise the organization.
01:00
March 12, 2020
#89: Get out, get fresh and get high
It’s time to get high. All this stress and uncertainty, anger, and fear is driving me to it.
01:00
March 11, 2020
#88: How to lead with your leadership gap
Do you think leaders should be good at what they do or great at what they do?
01:00
March 10, 2020
#87: Want my business? Call me Mister.
Your job is to make me feel important, not commonplace.
01:00
March 4, 2020
#86: Too many lost leaders clamoring for attention
You can tell how lost people are by how much time they waste on leaders and leadership.
01:00
March 3, 2020
#85: Stand for the right to be against any solution
I stand for the right to be against any solution until I get hurt by the problem.
01:00
February 27, 2020
#84: Innovation at work is often a creative waste of time
Unless your business is the art of the new, it is better to teach focused action than free association.
01:00
February 26, 2020
#83: Why people don’t behave according to your strategies and instructions
To deal with the information overload, we use mental shortcuts to make quick deductions and draw rapid conclusions.
01:00
February 25, 2020
#82: Gallery boost for your business is no team building time-waster
Trying to make sense of visual art is a good way of exploring perceptions and practicing to see differently.
01:00
February 20, 2020
#81: This cubicle can predict whether your business will sink or soar
This cubicle shows how much you respect your employees and visitors, and how much they respect your company.
01:00
February 19, 2020
#80: We will feel nice if you stop being a nice boss
Can a nice boss really make a difference? Will it boost your confidence, your performance, your commitment? I don’t think so.
01:00
February 18, 2020
#79: Be warned, your smiley face can trigger my glaring frown
Researchers have shown that it can backfire on you to make positive statements about yourself, which you don’t really believe. I think the same happens when someone who sprouts can-do affirmations to boost his aura triggers my nonsense detector.
01:00
February 17, 2020
#78: Understand context or be swept along with the rabble
People in the same context may experience it differently.
01:00
February 13, 2020
#77: A trade in noisy disagreements is not a meaningful debate
What happens in Washington is not a debate.
01:00
February 12, 2020
#76: It’s time to change your default setting
We all start out with a default setting. What matters is whether or not you have changed yours.
01:00
February 10, 2020
#75: How to prevent unintended thinking consequences
It’s wiser to sound foolish before than look stupid after.
01:00
February 6, 2020
#74 If you want to be a leader, first be a time traveler
You must be able to imagine the future and to explain how best to act today to prepare for that future.
01:00
February 4, 2020
#73: If outcomes don’t matter, then practice single-minded multi-tasking
Multi-tasking works well enough if the outcomes of the different tasks that you are doing at once don’t matter much.
01:00
February 3, 2020
#72: You will be left behind if you mistakenly follow right
Why do we only have positive role models?
01:00
January 30, 2020
#71: When in self-doubt, talk negative to do it
If you don't believe in yourself, better to tell yourself that you cannot do it.
01:00
January 29, 2020
#70: Encourage your pet pessimist
 Do you have a pet pessimist at work? Good. Every organization should have at least one.
01:00
January 28, 2020
#69: You can peak wiser if you trend carefully
 Go for slow burn, not burn out, in your career, your start-up, your business plan, your relationships and so on. 
01:00
January 23, 2020
#68: Should you dress to impress when working from home?
I’ve always realized the truth in “dress to impress.” What I did not realize is that the person most often in need of being impressed is me.
01:00
January 21, 2020
#67: I plan to be seduced quickly. So should you.
Don't squander precious time to save a few measly bucks.
01:00
January 16, 2020
#66: Give in now or be exhausted by June
You might believe that life is a constant struggle, but I commit to success through the Easy Way.
01:00
January 14, 2020
#65: The year of resolutely obeying Dear Prudence
I’m going to be a prude, as in prudent. I plan to avoid undesired consequences.
01:00
January 9, 2020
#64: How to be irritated into a better you
Make a small resolution with huge clout. Meet a real friend a week and be irritated into being a better you.
01:00
January 7, 2020
#63: Bless your headwind, not your tailwind
To soar with the eagles, welcome the wind in your face.
01:00
January 3, 2020
#62: Connect your manners to build relationships
By all means reach out to others, but please handle the connection with care. Mind your manners.
01:00
January 2, 2020
#61: To make it stick, resolve to behave badly
It’s so much easier to make resolutions stick if you start off from a low base.
01:00
January 2, 2020
#60: Tidily cheating at resolutions
Some months ago I made a New Year’s resolution. You read right. Months ago.
01:00
December 31, 2019
#59: Speed up to slow time
The older you get, the faster time ticks as it runs out for you. But for a child, the same year can feel like an age unto itself.
01:00
December 30, 2019
#58: Your approach to the great unwrapping is a clue to your future
How you reacted points to how you are likely to respond to what awaits you in the coming year.
01:00
December 27, 2019
#57: Bliss in hand is worth two hopes in the mud
We shouldn’t be surprised when we land in the mud of the moment.
01:00
December 24, 2019
#56: ‘Tis the season when some sellers won’t sell
Your job is to sell it to the customer standing in front of you.
01:00
December 23, 2019
#55: How to dump the American way
I am disappointed that they refuse to do the American thing. Boost the economy by buying new stuff.
01:00
December 18, 2019
#54: The 4th Way to beat the Joneses
Why do some people keep up with the Joneses better than others?
01:00
December 17, 2019
#53: Your annual jolly fat expectation comes with a catch
It’s the time of year that sets you wondering.  Wondering whether you’ve been good enough to expect a reward from the jolly fat man in the corner office.
01:00
December 13, 2019
#52: When you plan, plan to fuhgeddaboudit
If you must project, then at least start with zeros. Zero-based thinking will help you lose your memory.
01:00
December 5, 2019
#51: Why you struggle to look blown-away busy
Fake busyness has taught me three lessons.
01:00
December 4, 2019
#50: You will fail unless you check the order of things
As with much in life, it’s all in the order of things. Sequence matters. In the beginning was not the end.
01:00
December 3, 2019
#49: Your one habit is making you a pessimist or an optimist
The word ‘expectation’ has two meanings. It can mean ‘looking forward to’ or ‘it is my due.’
01:00
November 27, 2019
#48: You will benefit from being entitled to give thanks
Here we go again, the time of year that highlights entitlement.  Thanksgiving is simply too close to Giveme, that other celebrated family holiday.
01:00
November 26, 2019
#47: Your goal has a gap between promised and delivered
We have been conned into believing that shouting a goal will force us to achieve it. Or risk being embarrassed. This is simply not correct.
01:00
November 22, 2019
#46: You must dance to get stoned
We get stuck when we don't do and we don't move.
01:00
November 21, 2019
#45: How fearful is your short-sighted hierarchy?
Fear at any level on the hierarchy makes all of us short-sighted.
01:00
November 5, 2019
#44: To be a leader, be a leader
You want to be a leader? Then be a leader. It’s that simple. However, there’s just one little problem.
01:00
October 31, 2019
#43: Get lost to get fresh
Get lost for a fresh perspective on life.
01:00
October 29, 2019
#42: Why you can’t live your life in a straight line
The turns determine where you end up.
01:00
October 24, 2019
#41: No tantrum needed as you add bad days
Why do infants throw more effective tantrums than adults?
01:00
October 22, 2019
#40: Trying to be glum is too much fun
Happy chappies with their fake smiley faces and their ‘have a nice day’ choruses annoy me into grumpy retorts. 
01:00
October 17, 2019
#39: Can the bad, then raise the praise
It seems that every generation repeats the same old debate: should we reward good behavior or punish bad?
01:00
October 15, 2019
#38: Become a bigger Who as you shrink your What
By now you know there are only three ways of changing.
01:00
October 10, 2019
#37: Give goals the laser treatment before it’s too late
Here’s the trick to achieving your goals. When you are running out of time, it’s time to make like a laser.
01:00
October 8, 2019
#36: When in a moral morass, think with your gut
Are you a moral hypocrite? Of course you are. So are we.
01:00
October 3, 2019
#35: How to avoid written tomatoes
Yes, you have a powerful way to stop the on-line bully. 
01:00
October 1, 2019
#34: Why a calm center leads frenzied activity
The closer you are to the center of things, the slower you need to move, the less you need to do, to get somewhere new.
01:00
September 26, 2019
#33: When teamwork means specializing in nonsense
Too often, at least for my liking, I encounter teams that allow people to specialize in nonsense, and to become very good at it too. 
01:00
September 24, 2019
#32: When slipping on uncertainty, follow your heart
All small decisions, if you know the facts, should be dealt with consciously. But in large matters, where facts are missing and things uncertain, you must follow your heart.
01:00
September 20, 2019
#31: How not to join the dark side of emotional intelligence
The dark side to people skills has always existed. We join the dark side when we assume we are too intelligent to have our emotions manipulated.
01:00
September 17, 2019
#30: Stop encouraging leadership at work
What are leaders supposed to do? That’s right, leaders are supposed to create a passionate vision that will inspire me to live up to my full potential.
01:00
September 12, 2019
#29: Don’t ignore clueless communicators who have earned respect
I get very annoyed when I read a garbled report, a jumbled email or a truncated text message. Surely, being able to write well is a basic requirement for success.
01:00
September 10, 2019
#28: Let them make excuses for you, not use you as the excuse
Politics, it seems, is everywhere. It is supposedly a good thing because it helps you to get things done. Actually, it is a way of claiming success without being seen as the snake on the corporate ladder.
01:00
September 5, 2019
#27: Success depends on having access to gossip without passing it on
The trick is to have access to gossip without passing it on.
01:00
September 3, 2019
#26: Don't judge a culture by its covers
Americans are truly strange. So I thought many years ago on my first Memorial Day in the USA.
01:00
August 29, 2019
#25: Leadership tricks for a summer holiday
Are you one of those executive types who simply cannot shrug off the leadership mantle on your day off? Then try these tricks.
01:00
August 27, 2019
#24: Liking you is not a recommendation
I like you.  But I’m not sure that I can recommend you.
01:00
August 22, 2019
#23: Struggle free of nose grinding
As you recover from your vacation, give yourself a break and walk the easier path.
01:00
August 20, 2019
#22: Create imbalance to make change happen
 The way to create change is to first create imbalance. Let me explain.
01:00
August 15, 2019
#21: Vacation time is wasted time unless you're in time
Are you going on vacation?  Oh well, it will be a complete waste of time... unless you are in time. No, not on time. In time.
01:00
August 13, 2019
#20: How to be a real manager on vacation
August is the month when real managers go on vacation while juniors hold the fort. It is also when a lot of MBWA takes place.
01:00
August 8, 2019
#19: Delegate your office to have a proper vacation
The fear of being held responsible stops many managers from delegating effectively. And thus from having a decent vacation.
01:00
August 6, 2019
#18: The safety in setting nonsense goals
Have you seen that ridiculous sticker on the back of big trucks?  You know the one.  “Safety is my goal.”
01:00
August 1, 2019
#17: Bad mood rising makes you less gullible
Bad moods help me to think clearer about how to be cranky.
01:00
July 30, 2019
#16: What is the key aspect of leadership?
Is there one aspect of leadership that is critical above all others?
01:00
July 25, 2019
#15: The sticky memory in balanced threes
 Use this trick when giving a talk and you want your message to stay standing even after the audience has left. 
01:00
July 23, 2019
#14: Science made me shifty
The human face is mentally demanding, and so, to focus my brain, I look away. To think.
01:00
July 18, 2019
#13: Why I look away to give you a thoughtful response
I learned long ago that looking away keeps stray thoughts at bay.
01:00
July 16, 2019
#12: Don’t only build your strengths
Your strengths might make you a superstar for a while in one special  area, but those same strengths might make you a dysfunctional manager,  parent or spouse. 
01:00
July 12, 2019
#11: Whistle as you (stop) work
Remember when we had a time limited for work? It was called the 8-hour day and the 40-hour week. 
01:00
July 10, 2019
#10: The three most important words I have learned
When a leader makes a statement, outlines a plan or offers a solution, followers stop thinking.
01:00
July 3, 2019
#9: Periodically pull the plug to wipe your life
What do you do with too many emails, too many text messages, too many articles saved for later? You don’t cut out, shut down or stop saving, do you?
01:00
July 2, 2019
#8: How your curvaceous bottom can lead to liking (your job or project)
Don’t give up when it feels like you’ve hit bottom. That’s where you find the curve that takes you to the top.
01:00
July 1, 2019
Please match your content with context
If you want to act a part or show off, then use a stage. If you want to build a solid foundation for a concept or a career, then use a platform for support.
01:00
June 28, 2019
Why I expect nonsense in every cubicle, corner office and boardroom
From that day onwards I treated organizational life with a great deal of suspicion, expecting nonsense in every cubicle, corner office and boardroom. I have inhabited them all and nonsense has not disappointed.
01:00
June 27, 2019
Slow down, you speak too fast
Speaking too fast is a common mistake. We know that we can listen faster than a speaker can speak, and so when it is our turn to speak, we speed up.
01:00
June 22, 2019
What has me dumbfounded and keeps me flabbergasted about amazing, astounding and astonishing teamwork
It is ridiculous for business teams to try to be like sports teams. And it can be dangerous. Here’s why.
03:51
June 22, 2019
Why nonsense happens at work
Organizations are strange concoctions. They are staffed with people who agree to strive for collective objectives in exchange for individual rewards.
01:00
June 22, 2019
Why nonsense is abundant
Why is nonsense so abundant? Because it is a natural, renewable resource.
01:00
June 22, 2019
Why Nonsense At Work Will Be in Little Bytes of 60 Seconds
The Chief Nonsense Officer explains why future episodes will be exactly 60 seconds in length. (More on www.nonsenseatwork.com)
02:22
June 21, 2019
Introduction to Nonsense At Work
What is nonsense (at work)? Why is there a podcast about nonsense at work? Does nonsense have a purpose? How should you react to a podcast on nonsense at work? Answers supplied in this episode. (More on www.nonsenseatwork.com)
01:52
June 21, 2019