The Venn of Promotability

The Venn of Promotability It’s that time, again, isn’t?! We’re more than midway through the year…which means that budget time is a-comin’!! Which also means that it’ll soon be time to make your pitch for a promotion…and others will be pitching you for their promotions, too, by the way. Now if you’re like most people …

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Synergy versus Leverage

Synergy versus Leverage I got into an interesting conversation about distinctions, recently. Specifically, it was about the difference between ‘synergy’ and ‘leverage’. Here’s what we concluded: Synergy is the idea that 1 + 1 > 2. In other words, when you’re working with someone on something at work, at home, at school, or wherever, the …

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Why Productivity is Overrated

Why Productivity is Overrated Increasingly, companies – and their leaders – are wanting employees to return to working, at work, instead of from home. And, increasingly, employees are not wanting to! Underlying (and Conflicting) Rationales Leaders say that the costs of employees working from home have become untenable. And they may be right! According to …

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Counterintuitive Thoughts and Paradoxes

Counterintuitive Thoughts and Paradoxes There’s nothing like a good paradox or counterintuitive thought to help stimulate someone’s thinking (and leadership growth). So here are five of my favorites: “The Best Way to Get Something Done Is by NOT Working on It” – This is about the art, science, and practice of delegation. If a leader …

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Getting a Seat at the Table

Getting a Seat at the Table No doubt you attend more meetings than you probably care to. And no doubt, many of those meetings aren’t always the best use of your time. So, to suggest that there are some meetings that you’d actually want to attend must seem pretty absurd. But it’s not. Types of …

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Prodrome Management

Prodrome Management The main water main under my street burst, this week. After calling Public Works (I was the first person to contact them) their trucks and backhoe and workers arrived in literally minutes. All told, it took less than 3 hours to turn off the water, dig the hole, patch the leak, fill the …

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