Take My Advice. On the Other Hand, Please Don’t.


You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. you can tell whether a man is wise by his questions. -Naguib Mahfouz Michael Bungay Stanier says you have an advice problem.  I have one, too.  Bungay Stanier is the author of The Advice Trap: Be Humble, Stay Curious & Change the Way You … Continue reading Take My Advice. On the Other Hand, Please Don’t.

Advice to Women: Be the Waffle, Not the Pancake


(This post originally appeared in my Careerist column in the Jacksonville Business Journal) I just checked my calendar, and yes, it is still the 21st century. But you’d never know that by reading through the “Power-Presence-Purpose” training delivered to female employees at EY (formerly Ernst & Young.) The last time the 55-page training was delivered … Continue reading Advice to Women: Be the Waffle, Not the Pancake

For Productivity and Satisfaction, Crate your Workers


I’m not a dog owner, but I hear that dogs feel safer in cozy, confined spaces. Apparently, so do office workers at all levels. According to dog trainer Karen Pryor, “the crate becomes his own private and safe place… somewhere the dog can go and not be bothered; it’s a perfect destination when the dog … Continue reading For Productivity and Satisfaction, Crate your Workers

How to prove your value at work


Do you get the credit you deserve at your job? Whether you wish you made a little more, or just got a little more recognition, not feeling appreciated can make working tough. Though you aren’t entirely responsible for seeking that recognition, it’s still important to ask yourself if you’re really bragging enough to warrant it. … Continue reading How to prove your value at work

The Road to Confidence Part 2: You Should Read This


This is the second in a series of posts based on Dale Carnegie’s writing and training. Find more information on his work, training, and free resources here. Read the first post here. I have a theory about how happy you are. It goes like this: count up the number of times in a day you … Continue reading The Road to Confidence Part 2: You Should Read This

Skills You Need to Build Skills


Pat Flynn, author of How to Get Better at Almost Everything, says that becoming a generalist has made him both successful and happy. He believes that generalists are more marketable, more productive, and more flexible, making them better candidates for almost any job. In a previous post, I wrote about Flynn’s concept of skill stacking, … Continue reading Skills You Need to Build Skills

You versus your Monkey Brain


In a previous post, I wrote about Two Awesome Hours  by Josh Davis. He tackles the tough subject of how to get things done as a human being, with all our human failings. If you have important work to do, Josh Davis has tips on how to get it done. The previous post discussed what … Continue reading You versus your Monkey Brain

How to Get Very Good at Being Pretty Good at Everything


In a previous post, I wrote that generalists are more marketable, more employable, and maybe more happy than specialists. Pat Flynn, author of How to Get Better at Almost Everything, says that becoming a generalist has made him both successful and happy. “When I specialized in guitar, I was always comparing myself to others and … Continue reading How to Get Very Good at Being Pretty Good at Everything

Two Awesome Hours Part 2: Manage Your Energy


Josh Davis is the author of Two Awesome Hours  , a book that tackles the tough subject of how to get things done as a human being. We are incredibly efficient at things we evolved to do: move, eat, reproduce, survive an existential threat. Paperwork? Not so much. Our brains are not wired to sit … Continue reading Two Awesome Hours Part 2: Manage Your Energy

Two Awesome Hours


Have you ever had one of those days? You have something big you need to do – prepare for an important presentation, create an outline for a critical report, or get ready for a challenging meeting. You know it’s the most important thing on your to-do list today (maybe for the whole week), but the … Continue reading Two Awesome Hours