Previous Work Archive
Winning at Working began as a blog, and a way to enhance platform building for my book, Hitting Your Stride, Your Work, Your Way. It morphed into a centerpiece of a monthly newsletter and served as foundational thinking for my later non-fiction books: The Titleless Leader, Trust, Inc., and It’s Not About Time.
Winning at Working columns have also appeared in various workplace publications and online information hubs for over fifteen years. These archive pages represent a small portion of that work.
Sep 30, 2019
What Does It Look Like?
Seated at the table next to me at a fast food restaurant, I couldn't help hearing the lack of conversation between a young woman and a younger ...
May 16, 2018
So You Were Wrong
I once worked for a boss who was never wrong, never made a mistake or a bad decision. All you had to do was ask him. To his staff he was Teflon-man. ...
Nov 15, 2017
Those Crazy People
The man in front of me in the breakfast order line at the food court, in one of the busiest airports in the country, wanted a "full" cup of coffee. ...
Jul 16, 2017
What You Control
During The Great Recession, thanks to frequent-flyer points and a vacation club exchange, we spent a week in Hawaii for the cost of a rental car and ...
Aug 18, 2016
Progress Over Perfection
In the late 17th-century, Lord Chesterfield, an English writer and politician, wrote to his son, "Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing ...
Mar 21, 2016
But, What Are You For?
Against. Against. Against. It seems that's the political model of late. What one party is for, the other is against. Even before an idea makes it to ...
Nov 18, 2015
It Started With a Turkey
In the early days of a start-up company I once worked for, a plump turkey was a small thank you token given to employees around the holidays. The ...
May 19, 2015
The Next Essential Skill
"Remember, the feeling you get from a good run is far better than the feeling you get from sitting around wishing you were running." Those words from ...
Feb 16, 2015
Blurred Lines Require New Skills
Instead of an early start, with time to read the news, check key messages, and write uninterruptedly for a pending project, I spent it down a rabbit ...
May 20, 2014
The Things We Say
A three hour delayed connecting flight in Minneapolis created headaches for me and other business travelers seeking to still reach their destinations ...
Jun 14, 2019
Serving Company Politics
I once had a boss who informed me there was no such thing as company politics. At the time, I decided that depended on whether you were the person ...
Sep 23, 2018
What Are We Busy About?
Once upon a time, a prince and princess lived in stressful palace, surrounded by a stressful village, inside a stressful land. They knew it was ...
Oct 20, 2015
The subject line of the email read: "We met at ..." and the name of a conference where I'd recently spoken. Thinking it was from someone who attended ...
Jul 22, 2015
Getting Past the Hurdles
One of my work favorites is crossing items off my to-do list. At the end of the day, it feels great to know you've made progress, resolved a problem, ...
Feb 28, 2014
Check Your Words
They're only words. Some believe the school-yard taunt: "Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me." They're wrong. Words can ...
Mar 18, 2019
Working for the Right Person
"I don't know," a young acquaintance mused. "I'm thinking about grad school, but it's more work than I thought to prepare for the GREs. Then, if I do ...
Jul 24, 2018
Workplace Ladder Fuel
Maybe you read on Facebook that Dollar General Stores were celebrating their anniversary by giving out $150 shopping coupons to those who liked and ...
Sep 18, 2017
Two Kinds of People
Twelve minutes before I was to speak to a large group in a hotel ballroom, I was struggling with A/V equipment. With hundreds of presentations under ...
Dec 10, 2014
Incremental Action Trumps New Year's Resolutions
A recent study found that nearly half of us will make New Year's resolutions in 2015, but only eight percent of us will reach the goals or keep the ...
Nov 9, 2013
What Do You Expect?
I like teaching workshops. On one hand, I'm humbled by the knowledge, insights, and challenges of those attending. I'm invigorated by the persistence ...