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Patrick Lynch from the Frontier Group on the #”Paul”Cast

My THE Ohio State University fandom took a hit in this “Paul”Cast  because my guest – Patrick Lynch – got his undergrad at that school up north and then doubled down getting his MBA at its little sister, the Spartans…. Continue Reading →

Words With Friends – Words With Emotion

Incentives and rewards influence behavior. Recognition influences behavior. Simply paying attention influences behavior (ask Elton Mayo and Fritz Roethlisberger after their studies at the Hawthorne plant in the 1920s). What you say influences behavior. HOW you say things also has… Continue Reading →

Rayanne Thorn on the “Paul”Cast … Do the thing you suck at?

Rayanne Thorn joins the “Paul”Cast to chat about doing something different with your life and your career. Normally we talk about leveraging your strengths and focusing on what you do well while outsourcing the stuff you suck at. Rayanne is… Continue Reading →

Moving Day – Will you read along with my next chapter?

I was going to post this yesterday but then I remembered it was Memorial Day and there is only one thing that needs to be said on Memorial Day. Thanks There is no need to clutter up the web with… Continue Reading →

HR Professionals – You Wouldn’t Like Them When They’re Angry

Seems HR gets more than their fair share of abuse. From HBR running their ongoing series on why HR sucks or how HR needs to change to why everyone hates HR. What exactly did HR do to Harvard Business Review?… Continue Reading →

Employee Engagement is a Lot Like Parenting – #NextChat Jan 13th At 3:00 pm ET

During conversations over Christmas break with my 22 year-old and my 24 year-old children they were surprised to learn that all this parenting stuff they had to suffer through growing up (and continue to for at least a little while… Continue Reading →

Holding on to the past is ALWAYS a bad idea…

Short post motivated by a comment made in the debate last night. Not here to argue politics but I will argue that new perspectives and new ideas are needed across the board – in business and in government. Just makes… Continue Reading →

Your Friday Orders: Originate – Not Imitate.

  The following quote passed by me on my Facebook feed the other day and made me stop and think.  “…we have more faith in what we imitate than in what we originate. We cannot derive a sense of absolute… Continue Reading →

How To Influence People – A Good but Lazy Post

Today’s post is sort of a “phone in.” A while back I read “The small BIG: Small Changes That Spark Big Influence” by Steve J. Martin, Noah Goldstein, Robert Cialdini. Cialdini is probably considered the father of the psychology of influence… Continue Reading →

Only 50% of Us Are Above Average

  I tweeted this last night “For whatever reason, we are driven to apply outlier practices to middle-of-the-road companies and expect outlier results.” And if you’re reading this post. There’s a really good chance that you are not an outlier…. Continue Reading →

Are You Prepared to Stand Out?

We like hanging around people that are just like us. It’s comfortable and easy. But unfortunately, that can be boring as well. When I was first promoted to manager I was young and like most newly promoted managers I had… Continue Reading →

People Are Tough To Manage Because of Pi | Some of you will get that…

I subscribe to a lot of email newsletters. You’re welcome. One that I always look forward to getting is one by Bri Williams who hails from down under and who’s company People Patterns focuses on the psychology/behavioral science side of… Continue Reading →

Solve the Problem. Don’t Try To Fix It.

Ever try to fix a technology problem and find yourself going down a rabbit hole of google searches, phone calls, texts to friends, questions on Facebook. More and more questions. More and more possible answers. Trying this. Trying that. And… Continue Reading →

He submitted an article for #FistfulofTalent and you won’t believe what they posted…

Brad Pitt ad libbed a line in a movie that was so good I had to write about it on the Fistful Of Talent site (www.fistfuloftalent.com)