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 firstname.lastname@example.org
#261: When capable employees leave
Will working from home and flexible working schedules usher in a new era of micro-management? The growth in employee surveillance and monitoring software suggests that... yes, of course it will.
June 28, 2022
#260: To Be Really Effective We Need Opposing Qualities
Opposites make some things work. Not either or, but both together.
June 21, 2022
#259: Things Happen Because Boss Is Boss Is Bossy
(Do you know what I find amusing about the work-from-home return-to-office debate? It's the staring contest between leaders and employees. Who will blink first? I’m amused because the one who won’t blink first is not even debating. The one who makes things happen. The one called Boss.)
June 14, 2022
#258: Your Ignorance Should Engage You, Not Glaze You
Here’s a funny thing about executive meetings.
June 07, 2022
257: To Trigger Failure, Delegate What You Dislike
What part of your job do you dislike? And what part do you delegate?
May 24, 2022
#256: Maybe Can Save Us
From the Torment of Polarizing Extremes
May 17, 2022
#255: ## We Hide Behind Assessments at Work
To Stop Our Authentic Selves From Surfacing
May 10, 2022
#253: Always collaborate
It resists the tug of sub-optimization.
April 26, 2022
#252: Don't Co-Operate
Cooperation leads to sub-optimization.
April 19, 2022
#251: Focus on the Demands of the Job, Not on the Demands for the Job
Recently, I saw an article with the headline "Great resignation turning into the great remorse." Or words to that effect. If you search on that phrase, you will find many similar sounding articles and even a few videos. And now I have added mine to the mess, I mean mix. (Mine has the benefit of being short. Very short.)
April 12, 2022
#250: Fire Everyone Except Your Star Performer
It seems to me that March Madness is more than a March affair. Star performers are idolized every month, every week, every day, whether in sport, business, politics or the local sandbox. Madness indeed.
April 05, 2022
#249: Don’t complain about what happened if you can't contribute to making it happen
Once again, we have a cloud full of so-called experts raining down their unasked-for wisdom.
March 29, 2022
#248: Practice Being Luckier at Random Success
Once upon a time I thought it would be fun to.... I lie. I thought it would be lucrative to jump on the success coach wagon. You know which wagon I mean. The one carting around those Steps to Success. Lucky for me, and maybe you, I remembered nonsense. And that nonsense is always at work. Specifically, I remembered that what is nonsense to me might be sense to you. And vice versa. Meaning? That what I see as success might not be what you see as success. Thus, my steps to success might be your steps to failure. And so I did not jump. I watched that wagon roll by, again and again, on its seemingly endless circular journey. But although I did not join the wagon train, I cannot help but give bits of random advice. Like the one below. (Please forgive me.)
March 22, 2022
#247: We All Benefit From This Capital Measure of Success
Once again there is much scaremongering about the economy, some of it valid, most of it inflated. This happens when we focus on the mechanisms of the economy while we ignore the purpose of an economy. The same applies to capitalism and to business. We too often value processes over purpose. It's almost like raving about the features of a car out of context of its purpose, namely simply to get you from here to there. Features might be nice, benefits add value, but only purpose really matters.
March 15, 2022
#246: When To Heed the Ring Tone of Failure
Let's ponder how meeting interruptions have evolved. Ready? In the beginning, only the boss' secretary had the power to interrupt a meeting. Next came tone-deaf bosses who ignored cell phone ringtones, followed by boundaryless bosses who partook when fast food aromas overwhelmed the business agenda. And today, what have we? Cute kittens? Pawing puppies? Potty tots? Sulking spouses? Another package delivery? In fact, almost anything may pause a meeting. Which is just another reason I miss those disciplined and disciplinarian gatekeepers. They knew how to keep the boss in line, focused, and performing to the benefit of us all.
March 08, 2022
#245: Expecting More of the Same Is Just Insane
When you suddenly face Goliath, what does your gut say? Big is best!
March 01, 2022
#244: Want To Make a Million? Then Be Good at Plan B.
Here is a little known fact about me. I am working on my second million. That’s right, my second million. My first million was a complete disaster.
February 22, 2022
#243: Manage Your History or Be Ignored by the Future
Once upon a time there lived a man called Albert Einstein. We revered him then and we revere him today. But we sure as hell don't heed him the way we should. For example, he once said that "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." Or words to that effect. And yet, here we are, acting as if yesterday's behavior will save us today. We have yet to learn that to understand new things, we must remember to forget.
February 14, 2022
#242: Take a Stand in the Sand To Propel Past Pitfalls
Remember that line in the sand you used to draw as a kid? "Step over this line and I'll biff you." And if the other kid was bigger...
February 07, 2022
#241: When People Won’t Change, Try Feinting
This is a true story about greener grass somewhere. But how do you know the grass is truly greener on the other side?
January 31, 2022
#240: It’s Time To Wake Up to Your Rules
Guess what hidden bonus came with working from home. New rules! Guess what awaits you when you return to the office. New rules! Has where you do your job changed what you do? Probably not much, if at all. And yet, the powers that be keep changing how you do what you do every time where you do it changes.
January 24, 2022
#239: Do you need a mentor or a coach? How to decide.
Too many goals, not enough go. Would a coach help? That question is so then. Today, the question is: Would a coach help more than an app? Actually, there is a third question.
January 17, 2022
#238: Suspicious minds at work can lead to divorce
This era of The Great Resignation has me thinking about suspicious minds at work. You know what I mean. Will she? Won't she? Will he? Won't he? (Resign, that is.)
January 10, 2022
#237: Try Less Dream, More Resolution
I wonder, why do New Year's resolutions seldom stick around longer than the hangover created at the same time?
January 03, 2022
#236: Give Your Goal More Meaning
Maybe then your resolutions will stick. But that's another story.
December 27, 2021
#235: Is There a Hole in This Holiday or What
When I was a kid, the build-up to Christmas was long and slow. Nowadays it just seems to arrive. No slow build-up. No bubbling anticipation.
December 27, 2021
#234: When tech revolution promotes management devolution
How do I fire thee? Let me count the ways. (Sorry, Elizabeth Barret Browning.) By now you have surely heard of the 900 employees fired via Zoom. Well, it's a management trend encouraged by technology advances, nothing more.
December 13, 2021
#233 When Fun Is Work, Workers Find the Ha-ha in Their Bosses
It's true. Every cloud has a silver lining. Here's another. Working from home and mandated social distancing have curtailed the stupid notion of fun at work. And hopefully killed that oxymoron, the festive office party, once and for all.
December 06, 2021
#232: In the Land of I, I Drop U Until Needed
During my early years in the USA, I often made cultural blunders. One of my first offenses was to wonder why anyone would drive around in a chicken coop.
November 29, 2021
#231: When is it chill to chill?
It’s almost that formal time to give thanks and you know what I’m thinking?
November 22, 2021
#230: Why the Office Gossip Has Butterfly Lips
If anything, isolation increased the need for a little gossip. Real, fake, or in between. (You thought Instant Messaging during group video calls was for serious communication?)
November 15, 2021
#229: Who Hesitates Is Luckier Than the Early Bird. And Vice Versa.
How do you know when the time is right to make a decision?
November 08, 2021
#228: What should you do when change is heavy?
If you plan to make change happen, who should you influence?
November 01, 2021
#227: Listen to the Idea, Not the Person
Here’s a game that will help you practice your focus on what matters.
October 25, 2021
#226: Don’t Let Your Open Door Policy Turn You Into a Willy-Nilly Boss
Do you have an open Zoom policy? Or an open Teams policy? Or an open Virtual policy? Okay, that last one makes little sense. Working from home has taught us we shouldn’t risk an open webcam policy.
October 18, 2021
#225: Familiarity Breeds Effectiveness. And No Promotion.
Do you want to know why you struggle to be promoted? In one word, laziness. No, not your laziness. (Well, maybe yours, but let’s ignore that for a moment.)
October 11, 2021
#224: When to demand the possible from the competent
There are two basic ways to motivate followers. Make them stretch or make them reach.
October 04, 2021
#223: Assemble Your Team. Then Pick Their Brains.
Believe it or not, I did not play soccer (or football) in my younger days. I played rugby. I liked it because, whenever I touched the ball, I had fourteen muscled guys backing me up.
September 27, 2021
#222: Remember To Forget To Change
Do you find it more difficult to adapt and change as you age? Blame it on time.
September 20, 2021
#221: Did You Know Speed of Boarding Is a Warning?
The other morning I was stuck behind a big yellow bus. I had to stop three times before I got away. Life, it seemed, wanted me to slow down and smell the fumes.
September 13, 2021
#220: After the Vacated Holiday, Relieved To Be Back in the Calm of the Cubicle
We seem to have a knack for kidding ourselves that a holiday is as good as a vacation.
September 07, 2021
#219: It Helps To Know Why You’re Laboring on the Payroll
Be warned, this piece is meant to irritate you on Labor Day (in the USA and maybe elsewhere with the “u” laboured back into labor).
August 30, 2021
#218: If You Flow Against Change, You’ll Be the Odd Lot for Sale
Let's change how we look at change to see if we can change our attitude toward change.
August 23, 2021
#217: When Does Stubbornness Make Nonsense of Persistence?
If at first you don’t succeed, trying again and again might be mere stubbornness.
August 16, 2021
#216: Success Flows When You Are Intentionally Deliberate
Some time ago a friend told me that she is now deliberately without intentions. Confused, I asked her to clarify.
August 09, 2021
#215: If You Must Assume, Assume Loudly and Openly
Thanks to Murphy, we know that if something can go wrong, it will. But that does not mean we should help Murphy.
August 02, 2021
#214: Are You Consistent or Stubborn?
If you always do the same thing in the same situation, then you are being consistent. But what if the situation has changed? Or new facts emerge?
July 26, 2021
#213: Want To Perform Better? Then Sleep at Work.
Oh, these lazy, hazy days of summer. The perfect time to sleep at work. You’ve never done that?
July 20, 2021
#212: Believe Differently To Create Insight
Do you think that seeing is believing? Don’t.
July 13, 2021
#211: Going With the Flow Gets You There in the End
Were you taught that life is a struggle? Of course you were. And so was I. We heard adults say silly things like “no pain, no gain.” And “if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.”
June 29, 2021
#210: Solutions Searching for Problems Create Nonsense at Work
Do you know what I find annoying? Those people who go about thinking that all problems are opportunities in disguise.
June 23, 2021
#209: Live Life the Way You Plan Vacations
Do you go on vacation without planning it? And do you plan your vacation without bothering to find out more about the place you have chosen?
June 15, 2021
#208: Know the Right Answer To Ask the Right Question
When you ask a question, do you know what you will do with the answer?
June 08, 2021
#207: Don’t Be a Know-and-Hog
Do you know and hog or do you know and share?
June 01, 2021
#206: Step Outside To Think Differently
If you stay inside all the time, then you won’t be able to think from the outside looking in.
May 25, 2021
#205: Feel Compelled To Meet. Or Not.
Meetings, meetings, bl... boring meetings. Are you also tired of unproductive meetings?
May 18, 2021
#204: Don’t Let Making a Decision Stop You Taking One
Have you ever wondered why decisions take so long in your organization?
May 11, 2021
#203: Earn Your Daily Brat Once a Year
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.
May 05, 2021
#202: Don’t Waste a Nonsense Moment
We "Teach Our Nonsense Well". Now we should pity our poor children.
April 27, 2021
#201: I Win if You Lose but We Survive Together
Humans are strange. We dominate the planet mainly because of our ability to work together. Yet we compete like crazy.
April 20, 2021
#200: Delegate Dumbly or Delegate Smartly, It’s Your Call
Now is not the time to do stupid things just to prove how valuable you are to your employer. Like doing more and working harder.
April 13, 2021
#199: Team Building Makes Me Nervous
Spring is in the air and I can almost hear consultants and HR people planning this year's team building events.
April 06, 2021
#198: Lighten up to put the spring in Spring
One of the first new skills I learned after arriving in the USA was time management. No, not productivity management, but how to time my falling back and springing forward.
March 30, 2021
#197: Always on makes your day off
Do people seem a little off lately? Do you feel a little off? Here’s why, I think.
March 23, 2021
#196: Making the case for nut-cases at work
Encourage a bit of weirdness at work. Until you know for sure whether it promotes or stifles progress. Then protect it or kill it.
March 16, 2021
#195: Six servings of impact on the corporate ladder
The problem with ambition at work is that there are always shoes on the rung above the one you are balancing on.
March 09, 2021
#194: To escape the lions, be good at trust and compliance
Have you heard the one about me being charged by a lioness? Of course you have! I keep telling it. Because she changed me.
March 02, 2021
#193: The glare that will not see your ship come in
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.
February 23, 2021
#192: Lead with a view of the lead
Looking up (at leaders) is a downer. It need not be.
February 16, 2021
#191: The bonus in storming right
When trouble looms or problems multiply, what do the brave do? They brainstorm. Well, I don’t like the typical brainstorm.
February 09, 2021
#190: Peck here to go insane over and over
With crazy things happening daily, I feel compelled to ask, "Are we insane?"
February 04, 2021
#189 Be a talker, not a fighter
Then collaborate, don’t co-operate. (Explained in #191.2 and #191.3)
January 26, 2021
#188: Update yourself before you’re outdated
If you don’t or won’t update, you’ll be passed over or passed by.
January 19, 2021
#187: Evolution stuck at the level of the meanest muttering
What happens when we no longer frown on even simple rudeness
January 13, 2021
#186: You can change history-in-the-making, but not after the Big Day
Which is why you should pity poor Santa and yourself
January 04, 2021
#185: The Mentor’s Dilemma
Being a master at does not entitle you to master over
December 21, 2020
#184: Managers Must Minimize Bad Potatoes
Else the fizz will go out of getting work done well
December 16, 2020
#183: How to Blow a Good Bonus on Hygiene
Money does not motivate. Not really.
December 14, 2020
#182: Your Chance to Play the Festive Half-Are-Stupid Game
It’s only safe to play this time of year.
December 09, 2020
#181: Sometimes Going Backwards Moves You Forward
And looking back is the only way to face your fears.
December 07, 2020
#180: Be Prepared to Have More Fun
Always take a sweater.
December 02, 2020
#179: Stop Selling Your Discounts
Two sales lessons to boost your festive sales success.
November 30, 2020
#178: Entitled to Give Thanks
Obligations for nothing and the rights are free (with apologies to Dire Straits)
November 25, 2020
#177: The Fine Line Between Stick and Bully
And why the carrot is left dangling
November 23, 2020
#176: Thanksgiving Before Expectations
Don’t withhold gratitude until you have received.
November 18, 2020
#175: Who Leaves Untidy Mess...
...thinks Mother Nature untidy
November 16, 2020
#174: Pass the Leadership Mantle On in Better Shape
Else it will lose its magic.
November 11, 2020
#173: I Used to Be a but Man
But it’s time to stop being one.
November 09, 2020
#172: The Lost U in Humor Puts the Joke on Us
It’s not funny if only U get to laugh.
November 04, 2020
#171: Oh No, Sensible Them Is Now Us!
Why kids should be given the vote.
November 02, 2020
#170: Where Dumb Leaders Originate
The risk in being too timid to speak up (and too lazy to vote)
October 28, 2020
#169: The Buck Stops (Not) Here
What to do if your wrongdoings are exposed
October 26, 2020
#168: Vice at Work
What an effective VP does.
October 21, 2020
#167: Yawning in Meetings Is a Compliment
But only in the face of danger.
October 19, 2020
#166: Stressing and Relaxing Causes Mental Fatigue
Better to pick one state and live with it
October 14, 2020
#165: What Are You, a Projector or an Extender?
The one is acting, the other authentic.
October 12, 2020
#164: Twitch Is How You Make Change Stick
Use the Lizard Effect to leave your behind behind.
October 07, 2020
#163: Where Do Helpless Employees Come From?
From parents who equate loving with doing.
October 05, 2020
#162: Wanted at Work: Less Personality, More Character
Will you fire me if I fail my personality test?
October 01, 2020
#161: How to Easily Hit Your Far-Out Goals
Aim slightly higher at goals further out.
September 29, 2020
#160: You Can Fake Leadership and Management
But boss is for real.
September 24, 2020
#159: Why We-the-Insecure Are Led by Bravados on Display
We are attracted to leaders who reflect who we unconsciously are.
September 22, 2020
#158: Bright Is Not the Same As Wise
Bright outshines shadows allowing only one answer: The Answer
September 15, 2020
#157: Effective Leaders Are Two-Faced
But there’s a right and a wrong way to be two-faced.
September 10, 2020
#156: Skilled Doers Deserve More Respect Than Skilled Thinkers
Thinking for yourself does not automatically trounce manual skills.
September 08, 2020
#155: You Will Be Subtracted When the Value You Add Becomes Negative
What every manager must explain to every employee.
September 03, 2020
#154: How to Argue Your Way to Wisdom
Where you focus could make you wiser.
September 02, 2020
#153: The Cost of One Thing Undone
One thing undone can mean day interrupted and project stalled.
September 01, 2020
#152: Think on These Things to Stay True
Reflecting before responding makes us more honest.
August 27, 2020
#151: Want to Be a High Flyer? Get a Little Black Box.
The black box records failure and overwrites success.
August 26, 2020
#150: Want to Be Promoted? Do This.
Your promotion depends on whether you see outcomes or deliverables.
August 25, 2020
#149: Denying Change Creates Innovation Sickness
Change can be sensed when not seen.
August 20, 2020
#148: How to Decide Between Success and Failure
It depends on how you weigh two key elements.
August 19, 2020
#147: Go Deep to Survive the Power of a Fool
We have spawned a generation too confident to appreciate the depths of experience.
August 18, 2020
#146: How to Make Yourself Hot and Bothered
Procrastination might fool others, but it won’t fool you.
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.
August 11, 2020
#144: When Is a Problem an Opportunity?
A problem is an opportunity when the opportunity is not the problem.
August 06, 2020
#143: What outcome do you want from what comes out of your mouth?
Speaking intentionally always trumps mindless waffle.
August 05, 2020
#142: How to Tell if You Are Mentoring or Meddling
Either way, your mistakes will matter.
August 04, 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.
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.
July 29, 2020
#139: Pick a Mask, Any Mask
Wearing a mask is normal. It’s part of social lubrication.
July 28, 2020
#138: A shared joke can yoke us in ways not funny
Laugh with and laugh at have different outcomes
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
July 22, 2020
#136: Chew on This Thought if You Can
Now, more than ever, we should think with purpose. I think.
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
July 16, 2020
#134: Go With the Flow Until You Are Hungry
Why I questioned one of my favorite seven rules to easy success.
July 15, 2020
#133: When You’re Feeling Down, Look Up
You probably have scattered thinking blues
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.
July 09, 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....”
July 08, 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.
July 07, 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.
July 02, 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.
July 01, 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.
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.
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?
June 23, 2020
#124: Speak funny so that others will understand you
Do you listen to hear or do you listen to understand?
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 09, 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.
June 04, 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.
June 03, 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?
June 02, 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 19, 2020
#110: Why facts don’t really matter
A fact doesn’t care; a fact just is.
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.
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.
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.
May 07, 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.
May 05, 2020
#105: Don’t waste wasted time
Do you feel guilty about wasting time? Here’s how to get over it.
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.
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.
April 28, 2020
#102: Create a sound bark rather than a sound bite
For your next phone/video call: stay nice on air.
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?
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.
April 16, 2020
#99: Nothing happens until you make a move, any old move
Nothing happens until you make a move.
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.
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.
April 07, 2020
#96: Feel safe enough to be happier now
What matters more, being safe or feeling safe?
April 02, 2020
#95: Fixating on the pooh side of a task is not a game
Don't fixate on the pooh side of the task.
April 01, 2020
#94: Managing our leaders to get things done
I get annoyed when people act as if leadership and management are interchangeable.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
March 10, 2020
#87: Want my business? Call me Mister.
Your job is to make me feel important, not commonplace.
March 04, 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.
March 03, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 17, 2020
#78: Understand context or be swept along with the rabble
People in the same context may experience it differently.
February 13, 2020
#77: A trade in noisy disagreements is not a meaningful debate
What happens in Washington is not a debate.
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.
February 10, 2020
#75: How to prevent unintended thinking consequences
It’s wiser to sound foolish before than look stupid after.
February 06, 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.
February 04, 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.
February 03, 2020
#72: You will be left behind if you mistakenly follow right
Why do we only have positive role models?
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.
January 29, 2020
#70: Encourage your pet pessimist
Do you have a pet pessimist at work? Good. Every organization should have at least one.
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.
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.
January 21, 2020
#67: I plan to be seduced quickly. So should you.
Don't squander precious time to save a few measly bucks.
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.
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.
January 09, 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.
January 07, 2020
#63: Bless your headwind, not your tailwind
To soar with the eagles, welcome the wind in your face.
January 03, 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.
January 02, 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.
January 02, 2020
#60: Tidily cheating at resolutions
Some months ago I made a New Year’s resolution. You read right. Months ago.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 18, 2019
#54: The 4th Way to beat the Joneses
Why do some people keep up with the Joneses better than others?
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.
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.
December 05, 2019
#51: Why you struggle to look blown-away busy
Fake busyness has taught me three lessons.
December 04, 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.
December 03, 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.’
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.
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.
November 22, 2019
#46: You must dance to get stoned
We get stuck when we don't do and we don't move.
November 21, 2019
#45: How fearful is your short-sighted hierarchy?
Fear at any level on the hierarchy makes all of us short-sighted.
November 05, 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.
October 31, 2019
#43: Get lost to get fresh
Get lost for a fresh perspective on life.
October 29, 2019
#42: Why you can’t live your life in a straight line
The turns determine where you end up.
October 24, 2019
#41: No tantrum needed as you add bad days
Why do infants throw more effective tantrums than adults?
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.
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?
October 15, 2019
#38: Become a bigger Who as you shrink your What
By now you know there are only three ways of changing.
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.
October 08, 2019
#36: When in a moral morass, think with your gut
Are you a moral hypocrite? Of course you are. So are we.
October 03, 2019
#35: How to avoid written tomatoes
Yes, you have a powerful way to stop the on-line bully.
October 01, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 05, 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.
September 03, 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.
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.
August 27, 2019
#24: Liking you is not a recommendation
I like you. But I’m not sure that I can recommend you.
August 22, 2019
#23: Struggle free of nose grinding
As you recover from your vacation, give yourself a break and walk the easier path.
August 20, 2019
#22: Create imbalance to make change happen
The way to create change is to first create imbalance. Let me explain.
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.
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.
August 08, 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.
August 06, 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.”
August 01, 2019
#17: Bad mood rising makes you less gullible
Bad moods help me to think clearer about how to be cranky.
July 30, 2019
#16: What is the key aspect of leadership?
Is there one aspect of leadership that is critical above all others?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 03, 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?
July 02, 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.
July 01, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 22, 2019
Why nonsense is abundant
Why is nonsense so abundant? Because it is a natural, renewable resource.
June 22, 2019
#2: 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)
June 21, 2019
#1: 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)
June 21, 2019