The 7 Categories of Coworkers

Over the years, I’ve come to depend on using three dimensions to evaluate employees; while many more sophisticated models have been devised by professional organizational behaviorists, I’m a fan of simplicity and the number 3 :-). I believe that understanding these three dimensions allows you to practically evaluate any employee and, more importantly, articulate their strengths…

3 Things We Need To Say More Often

Over the years, we all learn a few seemingly magic phrases.  Children’s “magic words” used to be “please” and “thank you”; the following three expressions have equally magical effects when used by adults both in and out of the workplace. 1. “I need your help.” It’s so simple, isn’t it?  “I need your help.”  But,…

Why Projects Fail: A Simple Model for Project Teams

It’s common wisdom that a trio of  dimensions make up the context of business problems today: people, process, and product or technology.  I have a slightly different take: the three are not orthogonal but are, in fact, hierarchical.  That is: Great people create great processes which can be implemented by great product/technology. In short, when someone…

3 Simple Characteristics of Your Company’s Best Managers

Much has been written about the importance of good management to an organization’s success; in fact, the field of organizational behavior has created a substantial and respected science around this and other aspects of building successful organizations. However, I’ve found that, with only a few characteristics, I can quickly identify the best managers in any…

Working from Home: Confronting the Elephant Head-On

The Elephant For many years now, in business offices and break rooms throughout the country, there was an “elephant in the room” nearly as taboo to acknowledge in a business setting as religious and/or political ideologies.  After all of these years of being invisible and creating pent-up tension, that elephant not only made itself visible…