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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,…

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 think their opaque jargon makes them sound smarter. In academia and other bureaucracies the "inside language" grows organically and makes some feel more important. Some…

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…

Dan Rust @ Work

The focus of my work is to help people develop the skills, habits and mindset to achieve maximum productivty and effectiveness at work. I think that a productive work life is the foundation for happiness in every other area of life. We are all built to be naturally productive, but often the complex modern work…

How to Hug Your Backstabber

When Eric Urtiaga started his new job as a Product Manager for a nutritional products company in San Diego, he was looking forward to having an impact on a market that he cared a lot about. Eric was passionate about maintaining a healthy mind, body and spirit, at work and in the rest of his…