| Sep 23, 2013
You're sitting in front of a computer screen, trying desperately to write the greatest workplace advice column in the history of the world and it's just not coming to you.
Then you step away for a few minutes (hours) and occupy yourself with something...
| Sep 2, 2013
All of us have had times when we've needed help. Maybe we were hobbled by a broken leg or laid up after surgery. Maybe it was just a lousy flu, something that knocked us out and made us ask another to lend a hand.
That never feels good. We don't like to...
| Sep 30, 2013
It's pretty clear that if you have a job and don't write a book of workplace wisdom, your life is essentially worthless and will be forgotten the moment your carcass is laid to rest.
I base that conclusion on the overwhelming number of work-related...
| Oct 7, 2013
This is the process I go through when I receive a voice mail:
2. Consider ignoring it.
3. Become overwhelmed by guilt.
4. Press "voice mail" button.
5. Forget password.
6. Try again.
7. Listen to voice mail.
8. Sigh, louder.
| Oct 14, 2013
I enjoy power tools that go "VRRRROOMMMMM!!!" and hitting things with hammers, but that doesn't make me a handyman.
I learned that quickly after becoming a homeowner. There are jobs I can do — painting, minor bits of plumbing, light carpentry...
| Jul 22, 2013
I spend most of my days toiling in the fields of workplace discontent, hoisting the yoke of America's office imbroglios, looking up fancy words and praying I don't run out of hyperbolic ways to describe my job.
But this week I take a break from the...
| Oct 21, 2013
Companies across this great land regularly implement policies that leaders claim will "foster greater collaboration" or "build synergy" or "incentivize innovation."
I don't know what any of that means and doubt most leaders do either. But boy does it...
| Nov 4, 2013
America has an ample number of leaders, in the workplace and in politics. But unfortunately, what many of these leaders are actually doing is "leadIng."
You'll note the capital "I." That's not a typo.
We have politicians who don't so much govern as...
| Oct 28, 2013
It dawned on me recently that I've never provided my treasured readers with a concise dose of workplace advice that can be clipped out, laminated and hung on a cubicle wall.
For a workplace advice columnist (America's most beloved), this is a gross...
| Nov 11, 2013
Bullying is rarely simple.
We're seeing that play out in graphic detail with the Miami Dolphins football team. Offensive lineman Jonathan Martin fled the team and accused fellow lineman Richie Incognito of bullying him, saying Incognito left a racist...
| Jul 29, 2013
In 1971 — the year I was born — Bob Dylan wrote the lyrics to a song that would one day become an inspiration for me, in the workplace and in life.
The song's called "When I Paint My Masterpiece." It was first recorded by The Band, and if...