I’m guessing humans started complaining about work approximately 15 minutes after we invented language. It’s one of our favorite pastimes. Gathering around the watering hole after an unsuccessful hunting expedition, Gorb complains to Grob, “Can you believe we spent all day chasing that Wooly Mammoth for nothing? I told the Chief Hunting Officer we didn’t have … Continue reading Why Do We Shame People for Complaining?
“There is generally much to learn before any judgment can be pronounced with certainty on another’s doings.” – Marcus Aurelius How many times have you wrongly assumed the motive behind someone’s words or actions? If you are like me, probably more times than you care to count. Navigating the politics and complex hierarchy of an … Continue reading Monday Meditations 3 – The Rush to Judgment
“Being solid and predictable makes it safe for people to work together, to take risks, and to expose themselves even when the rest of their lives are filled with complexity and chaos”. ~ Robert Rosen Like most kids, I learned to play Hide & Seek. It was always less stressful to be the person hiding than … Continue reading Hide and Seek
“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” – Hans Hofmann Lean Communication. Imagine Lean Communication as the art of saying what is necessary. Words that yield the desired result. And yes, it is possible to over-communicate. Over-communication in the form of a confusing narrative that leaves the listener … Continue reading Necessary Words – The Art of Lean Communication
Ever had one of those dreams where you’re out in public wearing only your undergarments, (or worse nothing at all)? I have. Bizarre settings are always involved like my high school lunch room which is for some reason now occupied by coworkers spanning my last three jobs. The worst part about these dreams for me … Continue reading The Naked Truth – Leadership and Self Deception