My team lead came to me with a problem. “The team and I have looked at this every which way, but no matter how we slice it, there’s no way we can finish this job. We’re afraid we’re going to be fired.” “We’re going to fail,” she said. When we discussed it, she had half […]
Humans are notoriously poor at self-regulation and self-assessment. We procrastinate, cut corners, and convince ourselves we’re doing everything we can. Yet, it’s been demonstrated over and over again, we do more and we do better when we have help or an audience. As an example, runners run farther and faster when they have partners or […]
Evidence-based research is clear there are a few keys to success in life.
IS YOUR JOB KILLING YOU? While work is necessary for lifestyle and earnings, and while many people derive deep social and personal meaning from their work, it is also clear that some characteristics of some jobs are downright unhealthy, even despite high earnings and social and personal value. Here are four examples: CHRONICALLY LONG WORK […]
”This is a holdup!” yells the armed gunman as he waves the gun in your face and tells you to give him your valuables. It’s common to “keep your head down” at work, attempting to stay ”below the radar,” but the most influential people aren’t invisible or trying to be. THE COST OF “HIDING OUT” […]
My Dad Works Hard My Dad is the hardest working person I know. 7 days a week, 7 AM to 7 PM. He used to fall asleep every night watching the 10:00 news because it had the weather forecast. It let him know how he’d spend the next day working. As a mason early in […]
I’m glad the federal government is now recognizing Juneteenth as a federal holiday. However, I understand it’s an issue that is complicated and divisive, like the framing of the Constitution, the Civil War, and the Civil Rights movements. I was born to grandparents who had been born and raised in southern states, though I was […]
Management by checking the temperature of a person’s chair is not a path to high-performance. Lean management eliminates unnecessary and wasteful activities and resources like commutes and facilities for the many knowledge workers that don’t authentically require time in the office, who deal exclusively in a working world where information and resources are created, transmitted, […]
It’s hard to create lasting change. Statistics have shown 9 in 10 goals go unmet. The foundations of failure lie in a few areas. If you’re not getting the result you want, something’s missing in one or more of those areas. Here are the places to look. Clarity of Purpose We have no incentive. If […]
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