August 8, 2019

We All Want To Win Here’s what I know about you: to win at work, you must relate effectively to your boss. We can make a practical argument here. Perhaps no other single factor will better determine your advancement and well-being at work than your capacity to understand and influence your direct supervisor or supervisors. We can make a spiritual argument as well: the writers of scripture simultaneously taught their readers to 1) respect those in authority and 2) to… Read more

August 8, 2019

  The Practical and Spiritual Priority of Leading Up Leading Up is a series of posts that reveals wise ways of winning with your boss. Peter Drucker, the father of modern business management, says this: “There is nothing quite so conducive to success as a successful and rapidly promoted superior. So effective executives make the strengths of their boss productive.”  (Peter Drucker, The Effective Executive) The ancient wisdom writer says this: “My child, fear the LORD and the king, and don’t… Read more

August 8, 2019

Checkers or Chess? This is part two of our Leading Up series, where we uncover the secrets to influencing your boss so you can find greater effectiveness and joy at work. A summary of our first post: Your boss (or bosses) are in charge. This is reality. Face this truth, so you can learn to master it. In both this article and the following, we’ll do a deep dive into the motivational profiles of four different types of bosses. Before… Read more

August 8, 2019

“My job would be great, except for my boss…” “My boss is a &*#$%.”  “My job was great, but then my boss took a new role and the atmosphere tanked.” As president of an organization that helps people find joy and effectiveness at work, we hear these types of sentiments all the time. These complaints reveal one of the givens of the universe, a truth none of us can hide from. And this truth also holds the key to much… Read more

June 21, 2019

Every week, people ask me how Audrey is doing (note: if you’re just joining this series, Audrey is my wife, and she’s in the process of being treated for colon cancer, which was discovered around nine months ago). We have several hundred friends keeping up with our journey via email and dozens of others who ask in person. I provide the facts and figures, the next steps, and then I shock my inquisitors. I tell them that all through chemotherapy,… Read more

June 21, 2019

The last quarter of 2018 was “the alternative reality” quarter of the year for Audrey and I. We found out in mid-October that a routine colonoscopy had turned up anything but a routine result. Audrey had cancer. November was filled with further tests and preparations for surgery. December was chewed up with major surgery and a minor follow-up one to deal with a complication from the first.  Lots of hospital time. So it was a massive relief that we were… Read more

June 21, 2019

Dr. H is a world renown expert in colorectal surgery. After an M.D. from Columbia University, postdocs and various residencies, he’s been performing colon related surgery for roughly fifteen years. He is articulate. He is serious and sincere. He did two procedures on Audrey (my wife).  And he uses the word “poop.” I don’t know if this surprises you. His vocabulary was a pleasant surprise to me — a breath of normalcy when our lives were being sucked into a… Read more

June 21, 2019

  Nothing will rob you of your sense of control like the word “cancer.” In my last post, I shared how Audrey’s (my wife of 31 years) cancer diagnosis ambushed us and plunged us into the world of medical practitioners. One of the upsides to this experience (and there are a number of them) has been a front row seat to witness and benefit from the work of amazing medical professionals here in New York City. Another has to do… Read more

June 21, 2019

Facing the Unthinkable.  “Cancer.” That word came to me in a text from Audrey, my wife. What we thought was a nothing — a tiny polyp removed during a routine colonoscopy, was cancer. Not pre-cancer, not “a little abnormality,” but cancer. She got the message while she was at work from the doctor who performed the colonoscopy. A brief phone call with very little context and zero bedside manner. No perspective, just cancer. Both of us have demanding jobs which we… Read more

May 1, 2019

The Stress Series Epilogue: Coping How do people like you cope with work stress? We’ve been asking this question and to this point, we have 3 leading answers: Prayer, 55% Escape through TV, film and surfing, 37% Work more hours, 34% We’ve offered insights aimed at helping you deal more effectively throughout this series, so let’s see how the most popular methods stack up. I’ll take them in order and reflect a bit on why they work and also offer a… Read more

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