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Workplace: Elected Officials

January each year is a time of swearing in newly elected officials. Therefore, January is a good time for the discussion of whether elected officials should be asked to or expected to live up to the same standards as employees. Case in point: employee handbooks govern...

Workplace: Moving Out of the Box

Moving Out of the Box (Kemp, Jana; Stanford University Press; 2009; softcover) was born from a horrible meeting that was what I call a “sit-and-spin” meeting in which participants repeat themselves and no decisions are made. While in that painful late 1990s meeting, I...

Workplace: New Year

A new year brings new opportunities. The start of 2020 kicks off a new decade. As I mentioned in last week’s blog, I usually think in terms of one-year goals and planning cycles. The decade-start that rings in with this new year brings much hope for what lies ahead....

Workplace: Closing Out

We are closing out a calendar quarter, a year, and a decade. During this closing out time of year, there is plenty to look back upon and appreciate, and plenty to look back upon and begin making changes for the quarter, year, and decade ahead. When you are closing out...

Workplace: Light

During these days of less sunlight and more darkness, light is an important part of the day. Light in our environment; light in our messages; light in our hopeful thoughts for the new year. Light is necessary for work accomplishment as well as for health. Co-workers...

Workplace: Getting By versus Getting Ahead

“Getting by versus getting ahead” is someone else’s phrase. As year-end reflections and reviews come to the fore, this is a helpful question to ask ourselves: are we getting by or getting ahead? “Getting by” brings to mind things like: living paycheck to paycheck;...

Workplace: Talent Desert Solutions

Water America’s Talent – Ignoring America’s Talent Desert Won’t Solve the Problem! a guest blog from Edward Gordon. We are now on an unsustainable labor economic course. A Deloitte and Manufacturing Institute 2018 Skills Gap study projected that 2.4...