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Why Metrics Drive Mediocrity

We’ve all heard it, “You can’t manage what you can’t measure.” Metrics-driven leadership is now the default. Leaders set numerical goals in an attempt to solve every problem from struggling…Read more

Three Types of People That Will Make You Happier

Does life ever sometimes seem like one big long to-do list? With too much to do and not enough time to do it, life can easily become a grind.  We…Read more

Why Doing the Right Thing Makes You Money, If You Go First

CVS kicked their cigarette habit in October of 2014. They were generating $2 billion in revenue annually selling tobacco. But they quit, cold turkey. They gave up $2 billion a…Read more

Why the Arc of the Universe Bends Towards Better

Sometimes it seems like the world is falling apart. Race relations are struggling, children are being murdered, and even beloved cultural icons are tumbling. It seems like the world is…Read more

Why the Story of Your Job Becomes the Story of Your Life

When someone asks you what you do for a living, how do you answer?  And equally, or perhaps even more important, what does your face look like? Compare and contrast…Read more

Three Big Mistakes That Ruin Good Projects

Where do you start a painting project?  Or any type of project? I was refinishing some furniture recently, and found myself thinking about the three classic mistakes that people make…Read more

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    Three Ways to Keep the Quest for the Best from Shortchanging Happiness

Three Ways to Keep the Quest for the Best from Shortchanging Happiness

Do you remember the first time you flew on an airplane? How about the first time you had ice cream? Or went to a fancy restaurant? Chances are, you were…Read more

Are You Going to be Blindsided by the Future?

We’ll all been there. Things are running smoothly, then whack, seemingly out of nowhere you get hit over the head. You lose your job, your competition takes away your best…Read more

What Does your Internal Talk Track Reveal About You?

When I was in college I signed up to attend a “meeting” to learn about summer jobs that supposedly paid the big bucks.  In hindsight I should have known it…Read more

The Real Reason Monster’s CEO Lost His Job

When was the last time you looked for a job or an employee on Monster.com?  If you’re like most people, you’ve heard of Monster, but haven’t used it lately. Monster…Read more

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    The Table of Brotherhood Actually Happened At a Burger Joint

The Table of Brotherhood Actually Happened At a Burger Joint

I was sitting at an upscale burger place in Atlanta a few months back with my daughter.   An African-American family sat down at the table beside us - a mom,…Read more

Why Monster.com Is Failing And Others Will Follow

In 2006 Monster.com was one of the 20 most visited websites in the world. By January of 2011, Monster was rated the worst stock of the year. Earlier this year,…Read more

Which Complaints are Worth Listening to?

A teacher friend of mine recently expressed frustration that she doesn’t get the respect that she feels she deserves from parents and students. I wonder which feedback she’s paying attention…Read more

Why We Get Frantic, Then Burnout

How many times have you worked like a fiend on something and then found yourself so burned out you couldn’t bear to even look at it again? You’re not alone.…Read more

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    Why Beauty Matters at Work, And Not in the Way You Might Think

Why Beauty Matters at Work, And Not in the Way You Might Think

One of my clients is remodeling their offices.  Employees have to walk through construction everyday, and it’s having a chilling effect on morale.  When deciding how to manage the construction…Read more

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    Why the “My Job is Harder” Fight isn’t a Battle You Want to Win

Why the “My Job is Harder” Fight isn’t a Battle You Want to Win

There’s a human tendency to feel like you’re pulling more than your fair share of the weight. That’s because we only experience the hardships of our own reality. We don’t…Read more

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Why Metrics Drive Mediocrity

We’ve all heard it, “You can’t manage what you can’t measure.” Metrics-driven leadership is now the default. Leaders set numerical goals in an attempt to solve every problem from struggling…Read more

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