Can Lego re-create creativity?

(Disclaimer: I love Legos) When Lego announced they would be laying off 7-8% of their workforce my first thought was the same as my 10-year-old son’s reaction, “Well if people aren’t buying Legos we should buy more to keep them in business.” Unfortunately for Lego, there is a finite number of birthdays and holidays I Read more about Can Lego re-create creativity?[…]

Why isn’t tragedy a good teacher?

As Hurricane Harvey struck land thousands of people evacuated, but many stayed. My heart goes out to those who lost everything in Hurricane Harvey and especially to the families of those who died. But after Hurricane Katrina’s devastating blow to New Orleans in 2005, why did anyone have to die in this most recent disaster? I Read more about Why isn’t tragedy a good teacher?[…]

Loving your job? If not, this may help you start jumping for joy!

No book, LinkedIn post, or motivational tweet can make you be happy in a job or with a company if the company’s personality does not align with your own.  Some organizations need structure and calm in their workforce. Others need a leader to energize a room every time she or he walks in. Whatever your personality, own Read more about Loving your job? If not, this may help you start jumping for joy![…]

The best reply to angry tweets: A smile :)

I’ve been working with a very angry colleague lately, and then at the end of the day I jump on Twitter and all I see is anger and partisanship (and the occasional joke, which I desperately need). Does anyone else feel the need to say that abusing people by yelling, tweeting, or degrading them will Read more about The best reply to angry tweets: A smile 🙂[…]

Fight or Flight: Finding Emotional Balance in an Emotionally Charged World

Whether you are flying at 35,000 feet or just sitting in your office when your boss is breathing down your neck, it seems like emotions are sky high these days. Emotional balance helps strengthen relationships and promotes respect in the workplace and our world, so why is it so hard to do for some people? When Read more about Fight or Flight: Finding Emotional Balance in an Emotionally Charged World[…]

Breaking the thin line women leaders walk.

March is Woman’s History month, and when it comes to powerful, controversial women, Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the UK and known to many as the Iron Lady, is on the top of the list. In the announcement of Ms. Thatcher’s death in 2013 the AP wrote:  “The Iron Lady, who ruled for 11 Read more about Breaking the thin line women leaders walk.[…]

8760 hours of campaigning. Is there a better solution?

Over the past decade I have been studying the impact of excessive information in our workplaces and world, and no messages are as intense or lengthy than those on the US Presidential campaign trail. But information overload is not just caused by Mr. Trump’s twitter account and 24×7 news. To understand why we have too Read more about 8760 hours of campaigning. Is there a better solution?[…]

NYT: Is Facebook the new journalism?

This week, the NYTimes asked readers: Is Facebook Saving Journalism or Ruining It?  I wonder if we are missing the bigger issue.  What are your thoughts?  This was my commentary: Facebook compliments traditional journalism, or maybe it will replace it. But are we missing the bigger point? While we need real journalism to learn about information Read more about NYT: Is Facebook the new journalism?[…]

The Information Addiction: Why it is so hard to put down your phone.

Information is addictive. Yes, constant information – e.g. your work email always up and running, FaceBook or Twitter notifications beeping on your phone every 5 seconds, and 24×7 news available everywhere you look – can have the same impact on your brain as caffeine. Like caffeine, the right amount can get you going and make Read more about The Information Addiction: Why it is so hard to put down your phone.[…]