Leadership

Poetry Emergencies – or The Importance of Joy & Inspiration in Work

Inspiration for my work often comes from unexpected sources. Today, it came from Peter Paphides and his piece on the eight-day whirlwind that created the charity single and video to raise money for Syrian refugees, Help Is Coming. His article is a clear description of how a good idea matched with persistent and willing people …

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Accountable and Accountability

Accountability and accountable are very popular words in business today. After a conversation with a colleague about his direct reports, I realized that he was using these words interchangeably and creating confusion in his team. Accountable: adjective: subject to giving an account, answerable; I held her accountable for the damage. capable of being accounted for; …

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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 thinkers, strategic visionaries, integrative performers, and the like. Every working …

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Clarifing the Importance of Transparency at Work

Transparent Communication & Financial Health This is post is in response to Tom Szaky’s  piece in the You’re the Boss section of the New York Times. Transparency is vital for building effective communication in a company. In order for employees and managers to gain confidence in that transparency, a company also must work to sustain …

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Powerful Waves of Emotion in Vermont

Irene’s Contribution to Management Theory Last week Hurricane Irene clobbered Vermont. Though she was officially a tropical storm by the time she made her way up the coast and into western New England, Irene dumped enough wind and water on the Green Mountains to turn a dozen towns into islands, wash homes and base lodges …

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Earth, Wind & Fire

Problems at work often focus on elemental descriptions: I’m completely buried; I’m blown-away; this project is on fire; we’re totally under water. That may be a sign that we enjoy communing with nature, but probably not. When I start hearing these phrases, it’s a signal that people need to stop, even for a minute, and …

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Style & Substance – Communicating with Your Own Voice

Have you ever appreciated what someone had to say despite her unappealing tone? Ever listened to someone drone on for no real reason just because his voice was pleasant? Chances are you’ve tolerated either a bad presentation or dull content because you liked either the message or the messenger. I’m willing to bet that each …

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