The smart-ass at work

My one strong piece of advice to those entering the work force; Don’t be a Smart-Ass. Here’s what smart-asses do at work: [list style="circle"] They do not take instructions well. Work is about doing what you’re asked to do-the way the boss or the company wants it done. If you want to do it differently, build it over time, steadily,…

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FYI to Boss? Boss says ANW

Many people I coach have challenges communicating effectively with their boss. They often think the boss automatically understands them, and that what worked previously will work again with a new company or boss. I had coffee with one such person last week. He explained that he greatly respects his boss–thinks he’s smart, experienced, knowledgeable, someone learned. But my friend has…

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Ain’t no one gonna save ya, honey

I recently met with someone who wanted career help. When we sat down to talk, she came unglued. Her company was going through a large re-org (who isn’t..) the team's budget had been cut, uncertainty over who or what would arise from the ashes of the re-org, and she was being pulled 100 different directions. Sound familiar? When she regained…

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Leaning On Rather Than Leaning In

When I speak to people in transition, I often recommend they consider making their own (informal) advisory board. The thinking is quite simple. If someone is transitioning, thinking about what they’ll do next, it can be unfamiliar terrain for many. Uncertainty often leads to a fair amount of second guessing or hesitancy. In those sorts of settings, it makes sense…

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My Father and Bragging Rights

I seldom write about myself or my family, not that sort of blog, but this is an off-line one. My father (and mother) are in their 86th year, closing in on their 61st anniversary. Both in fine fettle, and as he says to me, "all problems are minor"–although not sure my mother would agree. A former professor of finance and…

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John Wooden and The Rambam

I was leafing through one of John Wooden’s books on leadership the other day. Wooden was a stickler for "old-fashioned values" and reading it over, I mused what the opposite might be.. Do (leadership) values change with the times? I don’t think so. Technology/social media/apps, global/cross-cultural/diversity and inclusion, all nudge around the edges of communication or edification, but not values.…

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