14 Habits of Miserable People

19 Nov

From time-to-time a colleague will send an article that both gives me a chuckle and also describes someone I know to a T. Here are 14 self-defeating behaviors that will assure anyone a miserable life. Who says we cannot learn for a negative example?

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Can Money Buy You Happiness?

12 Nov

 

Recently the WSJ had an interesting article on happiness and money. Turns out that it isn’t how much you have but how you use it. No surprise to psychologists who study personal satisfaction (aka happiness).

Boosting Engagement – Making Decisions

5 Nov

 

 

 

When I began consulting in organizations, that would be when Moby Dick was a minnow, we often heard the term participation, then somehow it morphed into involvement (I  liked this one better); then it  morphed into empowerment (I didn’t like this one at all) and now it has morphed into engagement (pretty good). What do these synonyms mean? Mary Kay Asche wrote a wonderful management book about 20+ years ago entitled “Mary Kay On People Management.” Full of common sense, practical, do-it-tomorrow advice. Here is her definition of the above terms: PEOPLE SUPPORT WHAT THEY HELP CREATE.

Ain’t it easy? Nope! How do you do it? One way is by understanding the nature of decision making in organization, having a repertory of each of the four and knowing when to use them appropriately. To see how go to Boosting Engagement – Making Decisions.

 

Archimedes” Lever OD#1

28 Oct

 

Over the past several years I have written very little about organization development, preferring to focus on personal, managerial and leadership development. this blog begins a sometime series on OD.
We start with a very big picture of OD by thinking about Archimedes’ Lever. “”If I have a lover long enough I can move the Earth.” We begin by going to a recent article on organizational change: Archimedes Lever and Organizational Change.

 

 

 

Just For Fun

22 Oct

From time-to-time someone sends me a video that is pure fun.

Behold four minutes of delight:

 

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Parenting and Managing

15 Oct

In meetings, people occasionally ask “What’s the difference between managing and parenting?” I pause for a long second and say: Children are shorter. A recent Corner Office article in the New York Times has an excellent conversation about this topic.

For a more explicit  perspective, but one very much in agreement with the former here is 700 words on How parenting and managing inform each other.

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Decisions and Happiness

8 Oct

What a Teen Taught an Executive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great article in the WSJ on Maximizers and Satisficers. It’s a chuckle about the feeling content of making decisions. There’s a fun little self-test in there – which are you?

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