The Bold Beauty of Plain Language

So much of the language we experience today seems overcomplexificated. Too many obtuse phrases and three-letter acronyms. Not enough real insight. And sometimes, just too damn much. In business, some…

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Office Politics

Our Dirty Little Secrets

You have them. I have them. And so does everyone else. If you are lucky you have perhaps one or two people in your life with whom you can be fully transparent and authentic. But according to a recent survey more than 96% of us have things that we hide from others in every area…

Tell the Boss His Idea Sucks (When It Does)

This week the Starbucks coffee chain began encouraging its baristas to write the words "Race Together" on cups to get its customers talking about race. If you think this is an incredibly good idea, to have your coffee server proactively go out of their way to begin a conversation about social justice and race relations,…

Talent, Ambition and Hard Work are Not Enough

Few things are more frustrating for a talented, highly motivated employee than watching as others get promoted, are given "high potential" assignments, or in other ways achieve greater career success – especially when those others are not noticeably more talented or hard working. "Why not me?" the ambitious employee wonders. And it is easy to…

Health and Energy

Is Your Job Killing You?

Whether you’re sitting in a cubicle or running your butt off working retail all day, your job no doubt has its fair share of stressful moments. These daily annoyances may not be enough to pose a serious risk to your…

Does This Job Make Me Look Fat?

I began this most recent holiday season with a firm personal commitment to not gain any weight, stay away from cookies, bars, pies, cakes and chocolates, etc. Back at work after the holidays, I just weighed myself this morning and…