Someone asked me what their leadership library should contain. I stopped myself from flippantly replying, whatever ebooks you can borrow from your local library… because before I did, I realized that I had no idea why they were doing this. So I answered, and here I will share… If you’re developing a leadership library and […]Read More The Leadership Library
Thanks to Quora.com, someone asked how you promote personal development within an organization. I don’t know the questioner’s rank in their organization, but I suspect they are more of a minion than the Felonious Gru… which of course gives them all the more credibility in my eyes. Here’s my answer: People grow. This happens naturally, […]Read More The ABC of XYZ
If you follow DisrupTV, the brainchild of Ray Wang and Vala Afshar, you know they depend on me to provide not only diversity in technology innovation, but my science-based views on relationships, motivation, and rock & roll. Here’s the latest, in which we focus on love – with a brief touch on its effects on […]Read More Love – and Business – in the Time of COVID
Managers are challenged every day to make sure they have the right person in the right job. Job descriptions, position requirements, and requisition procedures are supposed to make the process easier, but they rarely ask the real question: Is this person the right fit for us – and are we the right fit for them? […]Read More Will this Job Fit You?
I did executive career counseling long before ‘You’re fired!” became a meme. That’s how I got to thinking about how end of a job is similar to the end of life. Having made this connection, three guiding principles came into focus. They are: Maintain a ‘least restrictive’ environment. This means allowing the dying person the latitude to do what they need or want to […]Read More Three Rules for Firing People
So you are searching for a manager who is a “big picture visionary with great attention to detail” – or at least that’s what the hiring manager told you. No problem… since I don’t have to recruit for you. But I’m feeling this obligation to let you know why this job description bullet point won’t work. This is the work equivalent […]Read More To HR, with Love
The near-complete annihilation of privacy can be a terrible thing. But when it happens between two people, the result is an extraordinary reward called ‘falling in love.’ So why, then, are we seeing such an uproar about something that – under the right circumstances – we are so willing to surrender? Perhaps the current conversation […]Read More Privacy, Data, Trust, and Love
I remember reading an article another scientist sent me, essentially describing some research in the Netherlands. They conducted three experiments, putting Dutch university students in different scenarios designed to make them feel either dominant or subordinate in ‘rank’. They were then asked to perform thinking tasks, such as solving puzzles. The ‘powerless’ ones had trouble […]Read More Warning: Powerlessness May Be Dangerous to Your Brain – and Your Business
“In effective teams, people are able to share time appropriately. They cooperate over it and in the act of sharing it they actually cause it to expand.” – Dr. Janice Presser Apparently I said that a while back because I found it quoted (with appropriate attribution no less!) a while back. I checked with the […]Read More Expanding Time
If you’re starting here, you might want to roll back a couple of episodes for the full context, but all my thinking about how the Internet of Things, the Future of Work, and Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll all interrelate started with a DisrupTV guest spot, during which hosts Ray Wang and Vala Afshar […]Read More The Future of Work: Fact or Fantasy?