20
NOV
2019

Your Workplace "Weather Report"

I first notice the contrast in light – dark blue mountains in the background as the storm clouds grumble away – slapped into retreat by strong western sunlight.  And the lake is a blue expanse mirroring the mountains.  The foreground is bathed in the textured gold of a dry autumn...
31
OCT
2019

Ghosting in the Workplace? Employ Positivity!

Imagine you’re a recruiter contracted with a mid-sized company. You’ve throughly vetted your candidates, guided them through the interview process, and now you’re down to three; all qualified, skilled, talented, – just what the position needs.  The day of the final...
09
JAN
2019

Changing Your Mind in 2019

How can we Build a Shared Reality in a Fractured World? ’Twas the Season.  Many of us made the journey home to reconnect with our family of origins…. and all the relational baggage that implies.  Some of us were lucky to get back on the plane without having had a...
08
NOV
2018

The He(ART) of Marketing

I made myself indulge in something called a “mini-collage color workshop” last month.  It wasn’t easy.  And I’m not even that comfortable writing about it here.  I had to drive over an hour to get there and sacrificed half a tank of gas to participate.  But what can I say?  I was...
03
AUG
2016

Verbal Interruptions: Office No-No? Maybe not…

I’m a interrupter. Guilty as charged. I have been working to correct that obnoxious practice of verbal interruptions for some time, but I have yet to be fully reformed.  I know cutting someone off mid-sentence is irritating.  I know that my diving headlong into my own point of...
27
JUN
2016

Improv in the Workplace…..NOT what you think!

What are your associations with the word Improvisation? Who’s Line is it Anyway?  The Groundlings?  Those Improv Everywhere videos on YouTube? Whatever the word brings to mind, it probably involves entertainment right?  It’s fun to watch people up there leaping into space with no...
30
APR
2016

Roll Your Eyes, but it’s “The Way We Do Things Around Here”!

I’m fascinated with rituals, defined here as the actions we do over and over to reinforce meaning. Some workplace rituals are pretty straightforward: inductions, celebrations, retirements are only a few of the more familiar. (Although, in trying to find a graphic for this post...
30
MAR
2016

Your #1 Weapon Against Blind Stupidity…..

Curiosity is the opposite of fear. You hear that Love is the opposite – well ok, but in actual experience, love is too big a stretch. All kinds of people can claim they “love” the disabled or Muslims or old hippies, but in that context, the L word is almost meaningless....