Twenty Seven Things to Do Before You Die

I made Chicken Cacciatore last night, which reminded me of this post from many moons ago.  From time to time I will indulge myself in the tacky genre of self-help-leadership-development books. Usually I skim through the pages quickly to see if I can find one or two ideas of substance that might come in handy [Read More...]

The Happiest Employee on Earth

There’s a bright yellow band of construction tape blocking the administrative entrance to my company’s main building. Apparently there are a set of killer icicles hanging from the roofline forty feet above, threatening to bludgeon some poor, unassuming office workers arriving to work. That wouldn’t be pretty. In any case, I had to go around and use the [Read More...]

Is Your Activity Aligned With Your Direction?

I once worked with an organization that was not quite as focused as it should have been. Their returns were on a long, slow, decline, and nobody was sure what to do. After we clarified the company’s vision and three strategic priorities, I asked the President how many of the projects and initiatives throughout the [Read More...]

Social Entrepreneurs: Get Ready to Change the World!

In his book, “Lynchpin,” author Seth Godin takes the concept of work to an art form. Not that work isn’t going to be hard and monotonous some of the time. But Godin points out that the elements of art – passion and initiative and the burning desire to create something meaningful for others – is [Read More...]

Really, Is It Possible to Find Both Purpose and Joy In Your Job?

Everyone knows I love a good matrix. As a former/recovering consultant, I am convinced that the secrets of the entire universe can be explained by a chart with four quadrants. No, but really. By and large, the matrix framework has proven to be a simple and elegant method to frame out a perspective of the [Read More...]

How Are You Planning to Grow in 2011?

Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald’s, is famously quoted as saying, “When you’re green you’re growing. When you’re ripe you rot.” The gist of his message being that if you are not actively pursuing growth, then, well, you are probably on the way out. Of life.  There’s no such thing as passively cruising along in [Read More...]


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