Character/Values


04Jan 2017

Consider Persevering in the New Year

It’s that time of the year again – when we think about resolutions for the new year. Rather than considering a new list of “to do’s”, I’ve been thinking more about the role of perseverance in our lives, and in the lives of those who accomplish meaningful goals. While resolving to start new habits or achieve new goals is obviously

22Nov 2016

Don’t Be a Turkey in How You Communicate Appreciation This Thanksgiving

Team leaders are often encouraged (“bombarded” is actually a better word) to communicate appreciation to colleagues during the Thanksgiving holiday season. Expressing thanks for a job well done is sure to be received well, right? Not necessarily. At times, clueless managers are at risk for saying “thanks” in ways that won’t be received well. They don’t really “get” appreciation and

19Feb 2014

How Being Invited to Have a Snowball Fight Made My Day

Last week, we had a fairly large snowstorm roll through, leaving about 7″ of snow on the ground (which is a fair amount for us, but nothing in comparison to the Northeast). And it stayed cold for a number of days, so the snow stayed around. This weekend it warmed up a little, so the snow was really good for

09Jan 2014

Maybe It Would Be Better to Finish Some Tasks Rather Than Start Something New

This is the time of year when many are thinking of New Year’s resolutions, “turning over a new leaf”, and the sort (or we were a week ago.) But I’ve been thinking more  about the role of perseverance in our lives, and in the lives of those who accomplish meaningful accomplishments, than I am thinking about starting a list of

05Dec 2013

Why Authenticity is All You Need During the Holidays

We all feel a lot of pressure regarding things we “should do” during the holidays — for our family, friends, co-workers, clients, boss.  It gets to the point that the expectations feel overwhelming, and the temptation is just to “shut down” and do nothing (for anyone!)  This is typically not a good solution. Let me offer an alternative solution to

01Dec 2013

Transitioning into Young Adulthood — 5 Steps for a Smoother Pathway

Recently, a few Baby Boomer parents have talked with me about the difficulties their young adult children are experiencing in transitioning from college into adulthood — and asked me to write some tips for young adults to help make this season of their life go better.  Ok, so here are my thoughts. First, let’s understand why so many young people

20Oct 2013

A Personal Adventure with Joy, Our Neighbor’s Dog

Yesterday was a beautiful fall day — blue skies, sunny and relatively warm (65 degrees F.), a slight breeze, luscious green grass, leaves starting to turn.  So I decided to go on an “adventure” – and take along “Joy”, our neighbor’s dog (whom we are watching for the weekend.  She would have come along with me, regardless, because she is

10Oct 2013

What Does the “I Quit” Viral Video Tell Us? (Resend)

Friends, I am aware that the links to the two video clips did not work (they somehow got changed in the posting process).  I have corrected the links and you should be able to view the videos now.  Sorry for the inconvenience! *     *      *     *     *     * About a week ago, a frustrated young professional posted a video announcing

02Jul 2013

An Antidote for Disengagement: Being appreciative for your job

As I wrote recently, research was released by the Gallup organization that found only 3 out of 10 U.S. employees are actively engaged in their work from a mental, emotional and volitional (a choice of the will) point of view.  Conversely, 52% of employees were found to be not engaged and 18% are actively disengaged.  This latter group is a

02Jul 2013

Do 70 Million Workers Really Hate their Jobs?

     This past week headlines of newspapers, website posts, and the talking heads on TV screamed about how U.S. employees hate their jobs (and that it is the fault of their managers).  Here are some actual titles: Millions of Bad Managers Are Killing America’s Growth (The Chairman’s Blog) Workplace Morale Heads Down: 70% of Americans negative about their jobs   (Subtitled:

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