The Crandallabra

Delightful Ideas & Sparks of Interest

Leadership – a linguistic ruse

Making the average workday sound super duper important. Perhaps it’s my inborn disposition to want to challenge the status quo, but part of me is tired of hearing about “leadership.” I’m bored by the organizational and business speak that lauds high achievers, charismatic personae, innovative

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Mars in Retrograde & Other Workplace Issues

Here’s a question: how many of us consider wildly subjective factors when making management decisions? Things like justifying an employee’s odd behavior because his kid just left for college; or choosing one intern over another because his name is only one letter off from your

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Work/Life Balance is Bunk.

We all struggle with how to make our lives what we want them to be.  Our goals, dreams, tasks, obligations, chores and aspirations all compete for our attention.  Add the goals and needs of others – spouses, parents, children, friends, colleagues, etc. – and it

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The Sad Value of Cynics

I recently witnessed the birth of a cynic. It was one of the saddest things I’ve ever seen. And as I watched it happen, I felt powerless to stop it. A  smart, effective, loyal employee had endured several years of oppressive management at a job

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The Trouble with Colleagues…

Anybody out there work with humans? My condolences. We can be just awful sometimes. We can be wonderful, too. Most of us try to be helpful, aware and dependable more often than not. But we also have times when all bets are off and we

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