Wow that sucks

How do you tell someone when their work needs improvement?  We’ve all been there… one of our co-workers or bosses (or children) brings us something for review and it’s just not good.  Ideally the person knows they need help and readily accepts your critique.  What happens when the person really believes it’s up to snuff,…

Believing in ghosts

Another good friend from work just announced she was leaving for a new job.  When you work in a large company, change is inevitable. The more people in your company, the higher the odds are that your work friends will move into other positions inside or outside the company.  But it’s still a shock to…

The value of humiliation

When interviewed about the secret to American Idol’s success, Simon Cowell replied, “It’s all about the humiliation.”  He is of course referring to the early audition trainwrecks they invite in to sing for the judges, knowing full well they will be laughed at.  We used to get Paula Abdul mitigating the pain for these delusional…

Tell your face

Some of us hide our emotions better than others.  Sometimes we can’t help showing the world how we’re feeling. I remember rushing through the airport on the way to a tradeshow.  I was responsible for setup; worried about the booth and brochures arriving on time; finishing the script for the sales team; and whether everyone…

Launching and driving

How much time and money does your company spend launching new products or sales campaigns?  So much effort goes into a successful launch… the planning, the collaborative brainstorming, the creative energy, the detailed follow-through and the big launch training event.  There’s nothing like an immovable date on the calendar to drive action and agreement to…

Now fear this

What’s the difference between sharing something you know with 3 people or 300?  What is it about standing in front of a larger group that strikes fear into our hearts?  I did some unscientific research (surveyed 12 friends) and confirmed my hunch… it’s the fear of not meeting expectations. We all want to be perceived…