I grew up in a home where both mom and dad were active union members, and they gave me a clear message about working life: there is labor, and there is management. Labor’s job is to make stuff happen. Management’s job is to oppress labor. I was fine with that worldview for a long time. […]Read More Three Tips for Management Failure
No one is generic. No one wants to be treated as if they are generic. And people who are charged with the responsibility to write job descriptions almost never want to hire, manage, or mentor a generic person.Read More The Job Description, Disrupted
Big Data. Everyone wants it. It sounds cool, just like big job, big promotion, and big profits. But what’s Big Data in the world of people?Read More Is Your Big Data Big Enough?
So how do you know who can be trusted? You can’t, at least not all of the time…Read More The Usual Trustpects
After I returned from a trip to Panama, which included a visit to its most famous structure, I learned that locks – the means for raising and lowering vessels as they traverse a canal – have been around since 300 BC. But of course, a lot has changed since the days of camels towing narrow […]Read More Lessons From the Canal
For the past few years, I’ve been celebrating Mother’s Day by tweeting ‘Momisms’ – those things my mom said to me and the ones I’ve said to my own kids. But this time around it occurred to me that at least some of them might be useful for business. I know…your boss, co-workers, and employees […]Read More Mother’s Day is Not Just for Mother
There’s a meme making its way around the web in which people name their first seven jobs. Such recollections often involve typical teenage ventures like mowing lawns and selling lemonade. Sometimes people even brand them as ‘my first entrepreneurial journey,’ or claim to have gained great insight from the experience. I won’t. Because the fact […]Read More What I Learned From My First Seven Jobs