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…

Hardly a week goes by that I don’t hear someone complain about their salary. It’s a big mistake.  Don’t complain about your salary.  Certainly not in public. Not to your boss either .  There’s a difference between asking for a raise and complaining. So when I hear people complain about money, I  understand they feel underpaid and want more money but I want to tell them stop their complaining. Here’s why. First, they’re talking to the wrong person. I’m not…

Is it really  that hard to find good people?  I hear company executives say it all the time and I don’t buy it 100 %. It’s only part of the story. Great companies don’t have a problem in finding great people.   Neither do great leaders.  Everybody wants to work for them.  These companies and these leaders don’t have to search too much. Who would want to work for a jerk? If you want to attract great people, stop your…

Maybe you’ve had the experience of going out to eat with a friend who takes forever to decide on the main course, and then when the food arrives,  he or she takes a look at one order whizzing by on the tray of the waiter, and says” I should have ordered the chicken.” Aargh.  Hey-we eat at least 1,000 meals per year.  If we’re lucky we’ll eat 80,000 meals in a lifetime. The decision about that one meal is not…

I’m sitting in Starbucks.  Don’t ever conduct performance appraisals here. That said, I often see people conducting performance reviews here–and not just Starbucks staff.  People from all kinds of companies. Starbucks is not the place to have a private conversation. It’s the wrong place. No privacy. People like me eavesdrop. No chance to show emotion either. But maybe that’s what people want. Today’s the worst. In the space of an hour, this is what I’ve [over] heard and my response….