The Most Important Thing

With great naivete (or perhaps willful blindness) I signed my baseball-loving son up for a travel baseball team. My husband and I only have the one kid, and other, larger families seem to manage the time commitment, so why not us? Apparently we are not other people, which is a lesson I should have learned... Continue Reading →

Work in Sequence

I've been feeling nostalgic for the years when I entered the workforce, way back in the 1990's. As a case worker in 1996 there was no email, no electronic case notes, no Outlook calendar. There wasn't even a computer on my desk. When I started at CCP in 2000 I did have a computer and... Continue Reading →

Feedback Failure

My Harvard Business Review magazine landed on the kitchen table in the usual pile of junk mail, and as I stood there sorting the bills from the pizza coupons I almost tossed the HBR into the recycle bin. Why? Because the cover story was "Why Feedback Fails." Okay, I thought with a snort, they've finally... Continue Reading →

The Art of Being Wrong

One of the benefits of being being middle-aged is that you've had enough experience of the world that you have answers to lots of questions. Sleepless babies, finals week, bad boyfriends, the anxious wait for test results while shivering in a hospital gown? BTDT. It's true at work, too - strategies, performance reviews, annual reports:... Continue Reading →

Tough as…

Most of my work clothes are hand-me-downs from when my mother retired. She loves clothes and bought nice ones. I really don't care much about clothes and buy whatever I see first when I walk into Marshalls. But every good thing must end, and my wardrobe circa 1999 is starting to look, well, like it... Continue Reading →


Management books don't really thrill me. Maybe that is an odd admission for someone who writes about the world of work, and who reads pretty much anything that comes under her nose. But I am reading one now that does indeed thrill me, and I'd like you to read it too. Would you, please? And... Continue Reading →

My Boss Made Me Do It

At a staff gathering a while ago I led a session on work productivity. I asked people to think of the most important tasks they do regularly, and then asked them to think about what they spend the most time doing. Then we talked a little bit about why people spend so much time doing... Continue Reading →

It’s Complicated

Evolutionary biologist E.O. Wilson was on NPR talking about the behavior of ants. This was on Freakonomics Radio, where Freakonomics authors Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner explore economic and behavioral theory on everyday events. I won't go into ant behavior, but it segued into Levitt saying that evolutionary biologists and economists try to strip things... Continue Reading →

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