The Comfort Delusion

The last few years have been hard. But returning to the office will not automatically restore your comfort. We are different people post-lockdown. Our offices and work expectations must adapt.

Becoming a Robot

Your employer has a secret fantasy: they wish you were a robot. But what if a robot can't do your job right now? Then expect your employer to use software tools and techniques to prod you to behave more like a robot and less like a human.

Move More

For years, doctors have advised patients to move more in order to enhance their physical health. Perhaps we should be giving this advice to employees to enhance their financial health, career prospects, and wellbeing.

2022 or 2020-Too?

If the first quarter of this year is a portent, 2022 promises to be challenging. So how do we ensure that 2022 is not a repeat of 2020? Retreating to 2019 is not the answer. Instead, use what we've learned since 2020 to improve our outcomes.

Gratitude Creates Better Managers

Saying thank you seems like the simplest, most basic form of courtesy. Yet so often we forget to thank others for the big and small gifts we receive. This year, I am profoundly grateful for the gifts of life and health. Further, 2020's challenges have especially driven up the value of the gifts of family,... Continue Reading →

Where is Your Failure Report?

If your organization is populated by perfect people with a perfect track record, feel free to ignore this post. For the rest of you, I'd urge you to spend a little time with Engineers Without Borders Canada. This nonprofit was founded in 2000 by two young engineers who had "a dream of an organization that... Continue Reading →

That Vision Thing

A lack of vision has tripped up presidents and business leaders.  President George H.W. Bush famously dismissed "that vision thing" as something not worth investing in.  As he soon discovered, however, the electorate did not agree with him.  His official biography on the US Senate website contains the following sad commentary: Bush also suffered from... Continue Reading →

The Purpose-Driven Organization

What's the purpose of your organization? (No, that's not a trick question.) Deb Lavoy and her colleagues at OpenText believe that answering that question is the first critical step every organization must take. Putting their money where their mouth is, OpenText hosted on July 11 the first of what promises to be a thought-provoking series of... Continue Reading →

Think Big

Do you think small? Or, do you have a compelling vision that gives your work purpose? What gets you out of bed in the morning other than the knowledge that someone expects you to punch the clock at the office? Some have reported that in their view the safest course through the economic downturn was... Continue Reading →

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