How to Become A Manager

So you didn't turn out to be a doctor or a lawyer. Your parents must be so disappointed. Just tell them to chill out. There's still hope for a long, progressive, and lucrative career that doesn't require any specialized schooling or hundreds of thousands of dollars of student loan debt. This USA today article listed … Continue reading How to Become A Manager

Thinking About Your Leadership Shadow

I attended a meeting today where an executive urged us to think about our "leadership shadow." It's a neat phrase. Got me thinking. This exec went on and asked us to think about all of the people us business managers are responsible for. There are direct reports, of course, and then the direct reports of … Continue reading Thinking About Your Leadership Shadow

Management Skills: There’s No Such Thing As ‘Manager’

Manager is a just a made up word. Supposedly a manager is a person who controls a portion of a business, but you and I know this is silly, and not a real thing. Any control this person has is an illusion. People don't act because the person called their manager told them to. People … Continue reading Management Skills: There’s No Such Thing As ‘Manager’

The Temptation of Waste and The Fall of Organizations

The greatest trick Waste ever pulled was convincing the Organization it didn't exist. Waste does not look like an enemy, it appears as a friend-in-need. Waste is the extra team member that can lighten the load. Waste is just one more meeting, spreadsheet, or status report that makes bosses feel good. Waste gives us a … Continue reading The Temptation of Waste and The Fall of Organizations

The Nature of Emigration and the Morality of Immigration Reform

My wife and I are children of immigrants, just like almost everyone else who lives in America. While it is unlikely that any serious immigration legislation will pass this congress, we have a responsibility to discuss immigration as citizens. And empathy needs to be the cornerstone of any immigration discussion. Why in the world do … Continue reading The Nature of Emigration and the Morality of Immigration Reform