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Five Observations For Surviving The Modern Workplace

This post might serve as some indication as to the type of week I’ve had. One where the veil has been pulled aside to further clarify some observations that I’ve noticed in my long and winding career journey. 1. Our organization is not our family. This very notion that my organization is a family has always made […]

Workplace at Sea

Not your standard workplace: a fascinating video of life on a container ship. [HT: Rick Miller]


First, a brief motivational video. [HT: Lou Rodarte] And then an observation by General Stanley McChrystal in his book, Team of Teams: Prediction is not the only way to confront threats; developing resilience, learning how to reconfigure to confront the unknown, is a much more effective way to respond to a complex environment.

Poetry Break

Roald Dahl's "Crocky-Wock The Crocodile." I used to read this to my kids. It was better than "Little Bo-Peep."

Storm Approaching from the East Valley

We can certainly use it. More is expected this weekend. We had a dust storm in the middle of the night a few days ago which is sort of underwhelming because what's the use of a good dust storm if you don't get to see it roll in? That plus no water. Show More Summary

I don’t know of a single nurse who isn’t afraid of being fired.

Here is a really scary email I got from a nurse in a US hospital. She was kind enough to give me permission to reprint the email here and you can see my reply below. I would love to hear your ideas on the healthcare industry.  As you may know, hospitals reimbursement for Medicare are in … Continue reading I don’t know of a single nurse who isn’t afraid of being fired. ?

Music Break

Petula Clark: "Downtown." Many of you will recall when this song was a major hit. [Petula Clark is now 82. It's good to hear she's still with us.]

Deep and Groovy

The trailer for "Taylor Camp." You may recall all of the insights and inventions which flowed from the hippie communes.

Employee Engagement: Just Another Brick in the … Pyramid

Here are 10 “bricks” I use for employee engagement. The bricks from top to bottom and left to right are: results, performance, progress, relationships, recognition, moments, strengths, meaning, wellbeing, and energy. They were unstructured bricks until one day I played with them and they rearranged themselves into a pyramid. I like the 10 bricks and the pyramid […]


A little something before the work week begins: a conversation between Sydney Greenstreet and Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon. Great dialogue and great camera angles.

Baby Steps Getting It Done

I’m an impatient person. On a scale of 1 to 10, I’m a “why the bloody hell hasn’t it happened, yet?” That’s the problem when I start to see five steps ahead. I want to skip the first four steps and get right to the end point. And yet, I know that totally ignores opportunities […]

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