Monthly Archives: June 2013

When you’re not sure what you have to offer

I recently sat with a friend of mine to talk about his career. He’s well-educated, has deep knowledge of a complex business, and has done work with many African countries. He’s married, raising kids, and loves music. And he’s also … Continue reading

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If Abe Lincoln had a social network

Last week, my coach and friend, Moyra Mackie, wrote a good post about the value of management by walking around (MBWA) and about the benefits of managers being available for their teams. She described how Lincoln is credited with using … Continue reading

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“The task now is to discover how far they can take us.”

We were sitting across the table at a cafe, talking about our current projects, when she asked me one of those easy-to-ask, hard-to-answer questions: “What’s your mission?” I talked about making work more effective and fulfilling at my firm and … Continue reading

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If you’re trying to change how your company works, you probably won’t

If you’re trying to make work better, you may be feeling, as Margaret Wheatley writes, “exhausted, overwhelmed, and sometimes despairing even as you paradoxically experience moments of joy, belonging, and greater resolve to do your work.” You may believe in … Continue reading

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Letter to my younger self: “Don’t be so damned sure.”

What would you like to tell your younger self? This week, I had a Twitter exchange with @workdayweb, aka Dave, about writing notes to our younger selves. Dave said he got the idea from reading an article in the Virgin Australia inflight magazine. … Continue reading

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