As a consultant, I  hear people talk about other people as resources, as human capital, as skill sets, as a set of competencies. When I hear these terms, I want to run the other way and yell, “what has work become”? Thankfully when companies hire me to work with them,  they tell me they want someone who can get people excited,  someone authentic, someone who can listen, someone who can bring people together. Chemistry is important they tell me, and…

I was sitting with a CEO of a small chemical company over lunch yesterday. It’s someone I’ve known for a while.  One of his VPs was there and told us their best sales rep  was quitting and going to work for the competition. His answer: “why didn’t I know about this?” The VP told him he tried to tell him before, but the CEO  was too busy, in  meetings, or rushing out to pick up his kids. He told him,…

Worry is such a seductive trap.    It’s something to do when we really should be doing something else.  It’s like a cloud that hangs over us. If you worry about getting a report done , the worry keeps you from doing it.  But,  it almost seems as if you are doing the report because you are worrying about it.. It’s worry that keeps us from getting things done.  It is worry that gets in the way of our living…

I don’t  recommend falling in love with a supermodel, male or female.   Sounds great, but I can only imagine the kinds if problems you might have. To begin with, they may not be right for you. I don’t recommend  falling in love with a business model either, especially if it is a global business model.  There’s no such thing as the perfect model that will work in every country or every division.  And there’s no guarantee that the business…

It’s hard to break people of that notion that work has to be serious. It’s as if there is a sign in some office buildings that  announces “no fun allowed.”  Or, another sign, “all laughter will be subject to immediate disciplinary action”. I love it when I hear laughter in a company and see people laughing so loud that they have to grab their gut. I listen to clients talk about their Key Performance Objectives and toothpaste marketing campaigns with…