A Simple Game Of Tug-Of-War

by - m on 04/26/2017


Work is less a war than a game of tug-of-war.

It’s not a battle for survival.

It’s a conflict between enough and more than enough.

Which begs the question…

How will you know when you have had enough?

~ m




Why Nothing Gets Done In Meetings

by - m on 04/25/2017


The term “Working Meeting” is an oxymoron.

Meetings – if scheduled at all – should be used only to review and impart information.

The discussion over coffee.

The hallway chat.

That’s where the real work gets done…

not in meetings.

Conversations are where the real collaboration happens.

The amount of work that is accomplished in a scheduled meeting is inversely proportional to the number of people attending it.

– m

Confessions Of A Toxic Employee

by - m on 04/24/2017

(image from Peanuts Worldwide, LLC)


I didn’t suffer fools.

I pointed out deficiencies.

I pushed for change.

The harder I pushed the tighter they held to their beliefs.

I cajoled. I railed. I ranted…

…against the status quo.

When change finally came – I was caught in it.

Some said I was a toxic employee.

(Sometimes I let my frustration get the best of me – sometimes it was their apathy).

Others said I spoke truth to power.

(Often, companies implemented the changes I proffered – after my exit).

With conviction comes risk…


Here are ways of minimizing it:

If you find yourself in a culture counter to your own – it’s likely you are the one who needs a change.
(Unless you were hired at an executive or C-Suite level, it is not your place to change the place).

Recruit allies. Build a posse.
(There is some safety in numbers).

Build up rather than tear down.
(Regardless of motive, people get tired of a constant harangue).

Your truth is likely not their truth.
(and neither one is the truth). 

People don’t get stuck in their ways – they become them.
(Take a look in a mirror).

Above all…

Becoming the change you want to see may not be the change they had in mind…

And that’s no reason to stop.

~ m



Sermons After Church – Miracles

by - m on 04/23/2017

(image from nasa)


Just because it’s not the miracle you expected
doesn’t make it less of a miracle
~ m


via Monty Python: Always Look On The Bright Side

April 22, 2017

Here’s the link: Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life  

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Want To Defeat Fear? Stay Angry

April 21, 2017

  In his book Extreme Fear: The Science of Your Mind in Danger, Jeff Wise explores the brain’s fear response and presents evidence that we can take charge of this emotion. In his blog he offers nine techniques to push through fear and persevere. (Go to the entire post here).  Get Fit: studies have even shown that […]

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What They Don’t Tell You About Trust

April 20, 2017

(image from pexels.com)   The experts tell you that you can accomplish little without trust. What they don’t tell you is trust is not something you can obtain. Trust isn’t a skill. Trust isn’t a trait. Trust is a mode of operating. ~ m

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You May Be More Hostage Than Boss

April 19, 2017

(image from google:life archive)   If I were boss I’d shake things up. That wouldn’t happen if I were in charge. Now that you’re in charge you’ve probably discovered that being the boss isn’t what you thought it would be. What the best bosses realize is that real power lies with those they serve. That without dedicated […]

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The Best Question New Bosses Should Ask

April 18, 2017

Most new bosses ask the wrong question… “What should we be doing?” The question you should be asking is: “What are the best options to get us to our goal?” If you don’t know what the goal is… …the strategy doesn’t matter. ~ m    

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Being Busy Has Become A Problem – And A Solution

April 17, 2017

  We check off items on yesterday’s to-do list only to leave space for tomorrow’s list. We don’t notice life rushing away. All we see is the next deadline.   The busier we are the more vacant our life becomes… …but we have less time to worry about it.   Being busy it seems is the cause of our […]

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