What connects us all

In a recent post I wrote: “Your best friends will find you accidentally, and stay with you intentionally.”  Let’s explore that a little more.  The definition of the word “friend” has been stretched by social media, to the point that it even functions as a verb.  The term “best friend” sounds more personal and implies…

Wait, what?

Have you ever smiled and nodded after not hearing a word someone just said… and you didn’t want to ask for a replay because you’re embarrassed that you weren’t paying attention?  We’ve heard about the dangers of “distracted driving” and the damage it can do.  What about “distracted talking,” which can damage communication and relationships?…

Father time

The births of my two children were unforgettable peak experiences in my life. I knew at the moment they entered the world that they would BE my world.  If you are a father, you know that it is one of the hardest and most rewarding things you will ever do.  I worked hard to be a…

How you play the game

Hang on to your hater hat, I’m about to defend LeBron James.  There is nothing wrong with wanting to make more money or win a championship in your chosen sport.  Professional athletes change teams all the time to achieve these goals. You’ve switched jobs to make more money once or twice in your life, haven’t…

Embrace the sub-meeting

These days, meetings can take place in a conference room, video-conference, web conference or Starbucks. Sometimes there is a pre-meeting BEFORE the big client meeting, just to make sure everyone is on the same page. Sometimes there is a post-meeting to discuss what you discussed. And there’s one more meeting you attend whether you like it or…

Turn it on

When you ask co-workers to turn on webcams during an online meeting, some will say “Sure!” and appreciate the social connectedness it brings.  Some will reject it faster than a bushman afraid of losing his soul.  Everyone wants to look their best at work, but why is webcam video so different than a face to…

The Gilligan Effect

Have you ever told your team “OK let’s brainstorm…” and then the free flow of great ideas didn’t exactly flow?  Maybe the environment or timing was not quite right.  Maybe the presence of  executives made it too risky to share freely.  Maybe you just needed a good dose of the Gilligan Effect. There’s a good chance…