I Love to Work. What’s Wrong With That?

I Love to Work. What’s Wrong With That?
Many years ago, labor laws were put into effect to regulate work hours and conditions. Overtime became a common term. In recent decades, we have watched the required work week for most employees decrease from 40+ hours to 37 or even 35 hours per week. There are exceptions. If you own your own business, a standard work week may not apply. Many businesses require long hours and need attention seven days a week. Then there are quite a few people today who can’t get by on one salary, so ... Read more
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Has Your Expertise Made You Rigid?

Has Your Expertise Made You Rigid?
You’re smart. You have some great skills and you are anxious to apply them at your new workplace. What you have trouble accepting are the outdated systems and the ineptitude of some of your coworkers. There are easier and faster ways to do things. Why can’t others recognize this? Why can’t others get up to speed or get out of the way? Don’t they realize you are an expert? Stop for a minute to think how you and your thinking might be coming across to others. Would ... Read more
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Who is Managing Your Talent?

Who is Managing Your Talent?
“Talent management” entered the common organizational lexicon about 2001. It’s a human resource concept that includes everything done “to recruit, retain, develop, reward, and make people perform” so that an organization can reach its business goals. Talent management focuses on an employee’s potential and how that can be developed to ensure a return on investment for the employer. The term may sound impersonal, but organizations spend significant dollars ... Read more
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Are You Ready for Self-Management at Work?

Are You Ready for Self-Management at Work?
I’m a fan of Zappos online shoes. I especially like the ease of the ordering process and the customer service. Therefore, I was interested when I saw an article about Zappos in Fortune Magazine. I was especially intrigued to read about the Zappos CEO instituting  holacracy. Holacracy can be loosely defined as a management system where traditional hierarchical systems are replaced by a distribution of power among self-organizing groups and overlapping work circles. Individuals, in ... Read more
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Optics and Alcohol

Optics and Alcohol
Recently, a local newspaper had a special section on charity events. The majority of the events reported were fund raising galas. Looking at the newspaper page as a whole, several things jumped out. First, was that most of the pictures had attractive young women in them. Often there was a man in the center of the photograph with his arms around young women pulled close to his body. The caption for each picture could have been “Senator So-and-So and his girls,” or “Big Boss ... Read more
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Does Your Boss Think You’re a Mind Reader?

Does Your Boss Think You’re a Mind Reader?
Are you sometimes frustrated with the interactions you have with your boss?  Do you have difficulty figuring out what exactly she wants, or how, or in what order,  you are to complete the multiple assignments she gives you? If your boss is generally organized and clear, the problem may be on your end. If you feel nervous or overwhelmed when interacting with her, you may not capture all the needed details and requests. More than likely you have asked friends and co-workers for advice.  You ... Read more
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Emoticons, Emoji, Women, and Work

Emoticons, Emoji, Women, and Work
I have always disliked “smiley faces.” They seem rather silly to me. The emoticon for a smiley face (colon, hyphen, parenthesis) has been around since 1982, and a huge industry using pictographic symbols (generally referred to as emoji) for electronic communication has grown tremendously since the late 90s.  Currently, you can’t watch tv without seeing McDonald’s ads using “emoji” to highlight their change in menu. In the ads, everyone, men as well as ... Read more
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Better to Give Than to Receive? Not Necessarily

Better to Give Than to Receive? Not Necessarily
We all approach advice in a personal way. Sometimes we solicit it. Sometimes we resent it, even if we asked for it. We may choose to use it or to discard it. We have power over advice received. What about advice given? We should have great control over that side of the advice equation, yet how often do you find yourself giving “unsolicited advice” to friends and family? Advice in the workplace is even trickier. If it’s your boss giving you “a little friendly ... Read more
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Systems Laziness

Systems Laziness
We all know a co-worker who always leaves the copier without paper or manages to be unavailable when the assistant needs a few minutes of help with the phone. Then there is the long-term employee who never seems to see or care about needed operational change like updating policies or changing the letterhead to include the new mailing address.  These people are annoying but don’t create chaos. There is another type of worker, however, who is personally and professionally lazy, and that ... Read more
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Leadership: The Good, the Bad, and You

Leadership: The Good, the Bad, and You
For simplicity’s sake, we can boil leadership down to: the good, the bad, and you. This is the first of three posts to cover all three. When the topic of leadership comes up, most people think first about “bad bosses” — they skip right over the good, to the bad. So here goes, I’ll use this first post to explore bad leadership. Really, is there anything left to write about bad leadership? I’ve been known to say that every problem within an organization can be tied back to a lack of ... Read more
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