Sabbitical

21 Jan

John LanghorneDear readers:

I began this blog on November 17, 2009. Since then I have posted 250 blogs.  Over the last couple of years, between 75 and 150 visitors have tuned in each week. I am running out of steam.  It is time for a Sabbatical. I intend to return in the near future after rethinking the refreshing the content. If you have any ideas, suggestions etc. please send me a note. See you in the Springtime?

Sincerely – John Langhorne

Listening

14 Jan

 

 

 

The Big Three people management skills

 

  1.   Manage your say/do ratio
  2.   Give and receive feedback
  3.   Listen, listen, listen

 

Listening is the hardest to learn. Great article in the WSJ on listening.

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First Hour At Work

7 Jan

Recently a colleague sent me a link about productivity. It wasn’t very good but the link at the end was filled with good ideas about how to start your workday. Remember what Mary Poppins, my favorite organizational consultant, says “Well begun is half done.”

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Latest on Optimism

31 Dec

Optimism is a powerful learned attitude, attitude = cognition + emotion, that predicts many successful life outcomes. Recently I came upon a TED video that is quite intriguing. It really is worth the time and is quite thought provoking, as is new research.

 

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Christmas 2014

25 Dec

Parenting To Managing

16 Dec

On occasion people ask “What’s the difference between parenting and managing?” after along pause I reply “Children are shorter.” This reply is neither entirely facetious nor does it apply to teenagers.

A recent interview in the New York Times provides explicit support for this proposition.

Could it be that women will eventually be shown to be better managers because they have more hands-on experience with children?

 

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Hanlon’s Razor

10 Dec

 

 

“In explaining any human shortcoming, the first tool I reach for is Hanlon’s Razor: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. The kind of stupidity I have in mind has nothing to do with ignorance or low IQ; in fact, it’s often the brightest and best informed who suffer the most from it.”

 

Seeing this quote I chuckled for at least two minutes. Hanlon’s Razor is a derivative of Occam’s Razor. A principle too many people violate. I particularly enjoyed learning that Hanlon was a real person and the law originates from a well known science fiction writer.

 

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