The Big #Fail: How to Say Thanks

Academy Award Sugar Cookies

It looked like a fun night at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles  for this year’s Oscars. There were many famous (and not-so-famous) talented people, excellent work celebrated, and a few most-deserving awards handed out. People in general who presented and accepted awards, along with host Ellen DeGeneres, were great – home runs if you will […]

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[Life Back West] March 2014 – Do the Right Thing?

Cover of "Do the Right Thing [Blu-ray]"

Mark Twain said “Do the right thing. It will gratify some people, and astonish the rest.” While it’s astonishing, it may not get you liked. Respected perhaps, not liked. Doing right, in the words of a board member whose organization struggles with courage and a moral compass, is “Awkward; inconvenient.” I had a catch-up breakfast […]

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True Grit


“Never confuse a single failure with a final defeat.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald Success. Photo credit: aloshbennett

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Are You a Mensch or Mouse?

Wood mouse in the Netherlands Česky: Myšice kř...

We’ve all been there. You too. The rumors and gossip are swirling. The job or organization fit that your colleague/ coworker / friend hoped would work out looks like it won’t. And now people treat them as they’re leaving under their own power as if they’re radioactive and there’s a do not disturb sign on […]

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“It’s better to be a live dog,  than a dead lion.” – Jeff Daniels in Something Wild    dog: Photo credit: davidyuweb

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Will the Closing Door Hit You in the Butt as You Leave?

Office doorIt happens.

  It happens. That stint with your employer starts to look like toast. The accomplishments of five or ten months or five or ten years ago are yesterday’s news; “what have you done lately” if the mantra that’s sung from the corner office. The boss – likely the new boss rather than the old boss, […]

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[Life Back West] January 2014 – How Do You Care for Unicorns?

White unicorn on red

You know them when you see them – which is seldom – and fully appreciate them after they’re gone and not when you have a chance to know them. They are the type of people who rare; people by dint of background, experience, situation, skills or simply by being who are highly unique in a […]

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[Work Space] Glad I Bumped into You . . . .


Little things count; they frequently count very big. A recent post spoke to the smarts behind picking the right time zones for multiple locations that optimize work. This post extends that thought to how workplace shapes individual and organizational performance. While the Yahoo (and to degree, HP) move to eliminate telecommuting by remote workers was […]

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