Goodwill, I’ve learned from colleagues who practice the mysterious art of business valuation, is not an easy thing to quantify. There are standard guidelines, but each seems to have a unique recipe or method for assigning a number to intangible assets, and sometimes they even agree. But not often. Especially when they are on opposite […]Read More A Good Time for Good Will
I love getting a question that my immediate reaction to is probably not what the asker is expecting. This one is my favorite Quora questions to date… First, an explanation for those who don’t know where the term ‘ghosting’ comes from. (Don’t feel bad, I didn’t know what it was till way after I was […]Read More Do bad bosses and employers deserve to be ghosted by employees?
I’m not admitting to actually being alive in 1969, or if I was, old enough to get there, or do anything that might or might not have been legal then. Right? But I do like to learn from the past, and there’s something very cool about semicentennials. Yes, that’s the word for 50th anniversary. You use […]Read More Five Life Lessons from Woodstock 1969
Every so often someone tells me they want to ‘confront’ their ‘shortcomings’ and then ‘make strategic changes.’ Sounds sweet, so why am I cringing? For one, it’s almost always after someone has told them they need to change because they don’t fit in. It’s usually their manager of some sort, but occasionally it’s someone more […]Read More I Love You Just the Way You Are
There is a famous old Peanuts cartoon. Linus, ever philosophical, quotes “It is better to light one candle rather than curse the darkness”, whereupon Lucy, ever the pessimist, says something like, “You stupid darkness!” Before you choose your favorite (and yes, one choice is more ‘socially desirable’) consider the advantages of being a Lucy. You […]Read More Leading Into the Light
Bear with me a moment here. I’d better leave a note for my (grownup) kids here, even though I’m pretty sure they don’t read this blog. Mom is still as left liberal as she always was and she still wishes we still had that last family still living in the White House. But sometimes, you […]Read More On Being a Republican Parent
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