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Owning Up

Posted by on Jun 3, 2019 in Blog, Featured | 13 comments

Owning Up

I’m feeling the need to own up to something. This has been a difficult period in my life and for the most part I’ve kept quiet about it. A few people I have shared this with but not many. I’m not sure why I’ve kept quiet but maybe I’ve been protecting myself. I’ve used this blog as a way to focus my attention on other things and that’s helped me remain positive. But I guess I’m ready now to open up. Almost three years ago, I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, which is cancer of the bone marrow.  I quickly got accepted into a clinical trial and started chemotherapy. Fortunately,...

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Not Coaching

Posted by on Apr 27, 2019 in Blog, Featured | 1 comment

Not Coaching

When I was consulting, I was never hired by an organization to coach a manager. Instead, I was brought in to strengthen a team, improve a process. or change the culture. The work often led to coaching, but not always. Coaching has become a big business over the past 15 years and I continue to have mixed feelings about it. I object to its “cookie cutter” approach.  My first introduction to this term, coaching, came when I was working as an internal consultant at Mattel about 12 years ago. I was offsite trying to bring together two functions that were in conflict. Joining me was an...

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Theater of the Absurd

Posted by on Mar 31, 2019 in Blog, Featured | 8 comments

Theater of the Absurd

My wife, Farn, and I were reminiscing about our early years together recently and all of a sudden remembered an incident that we hadn’t thought about for years. It’s a funny story and I’m in the mood for capturing something with some humor in it. Farn and I were up in St. Paul, Minnesota visiting my grandparents for a week one summer when we were both in college in Wisconsin. We were preparing to head a bit north to White Bear Lake to visit some friends of my grandparents. These friends were extremely proper, so my grandparents encouraged us to dress up and to be on our best behavior before...

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Family Dynamics

Posted by on Feb 26, 2019 in Blog, Featured | 7 comments

Family Dynamics

I was recently chatting with a friend and she asked me what led me into organizational consulting. I thought about it for a few moments and then responded… When I was in high school back in the 1960s, my mother was drinking a lot. My father was successful, on the road quite a bit, and she was responsible for 6 kids. I developed a keen sense of her drinking pattern.  I could find where she would hide her drinks and I knew when I walked in the front door if she had been drinking without even seeing her. My sister and I, the two oldest, would manage the house—feed my younger brothers, put...

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Tapestry of Thoughts

Posted by on Jan 29, 2019 in Blog, Featured | 8 comments

Tapestry of Thoughts

I recently created a book of all of my monthly blogs that I’ve written going back to February 2012. There are 84 of them. I spent several hours reading through the book. As I was reading, I began to discover that the book is like a non-sequential memoir. These blogs contain my values, what I care most deeply about, and who I am. They are just captured more in stories than teaching points. So, as I was reading, I decided to pull out statements that did a good job of defining me.  Here is what I came up with….. I have become convinced that employees need to start sharing more positive...

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Toughest Jobs

Posted by on Dec 31, 2018 in Blog, Featured | 5 comments

Toughest Jobs

I got together with some old friends recently and introduced a fun game for us all. I asked everyone what were the “toughest” jobs that they have ever had in their lives.  Toughest could be the worst, the most difficult, requiring the most strength, or requiring the most intelligence. Everyone could define toughest his or her own way. We got into a wonderful conversation sharing stories. The two stories that I brought up were entirely different. The first was when I worked in a bio-testing laboratory outside of Chicago during college. I was the caretaker for rhesus monkeys and beagles who...

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