Pre-judging

I’m not sure a white man should post about prejudice during Black History Month. But here are two stories about prejudice, one that brags on my family, one that shows my failings: My great uncle made the trek from Mexico to visit back when I was in college. We didn’t get to see Uncle Dick much, but I certainly made …

King David was a redneck.

Swept under the rug Rednecks have a communication problem. It may be one you share as a leader. Following is how to address that communication problem. But first, a tragic cautionary tale from a famous redneck: King David. King David’s son, Amnon, raped his half-sister, Tamar. Amnon pretended to be sick and asked their father to send Tamar to tend …

Fast Company on the power of vulnerability

An incredibly successful client had an employee team blow up. They were originally excited to be tasked by management to address a big employee headache. It was to improve a process that touched a lot of people in the organization. And then the team self-destructed. It was due to poor communication and ego. (But isn’t it almost always that?) The …

Want fulfilling work? Take naming seriously.

Made to Work I was sitting across the desk of a man who had worked his way up in a corporation to be managing partner. He ran one of the company’s locations, had a minority stake and participated in leadership’s inner circle.  He was facing retirement. And he was not happy about it.  He had done well for himself and …