I will waste a good deal of time today. That's because my workplace culture practically requires wasting time at work. My job as a non-profit executive carries an expectation that I will be present and available for my people. Whether they be employees, clients, donors or volunteers doesn't matter. When someone phones, emails or drops … Continue reading Wasting Time at Work
Photo by Aan Nizal on Unsplash I began training for a half-marathon a few weeks ago. Let's just say the excitement wears off real quick and you face the question "are you up for the challenge?" It's late November, dark by 5pm, cold for Saturday morning long runs, and I get out of breath real … Continue reading Are You Up for the Challenge?
Would you leave your wallet lying around the office? I didn't think so. It would be stupid to invite others to steal your cash, credit cards and personal identification. Yet, there is a commodity much more valuable than than money that we too often allow others to casually steal on a daily basis. Our time. … Continue reading Do You Let Others Steal Your Time?
Photo by Chantal Garnier on Unsplash We have too many interruptions at work. I read recently where the average person experiences seven interruptions at work every hour, with the average interruption taking five minutes. If that math holds up, that means we spend 35 minutes out of each hour dealing with interruptions. That's not a … Continue reading Workplace Efficiency
At first glance, I noticed the picture of the Beatles' Abbey Road album cover on the wall. On second glance, I noticed the picture of Booker T. and the M.G.'s McLemore Avenue album cover hanging below. Both pictures hang on the wall and Steve's Deli in downtown Jackson, MS. Steve's serves a tasty lunch with … Continue reading Who Do You Imitate?
My week was going just fine until I got hit from behind. I had great plans. Places to go and people to see. But that all changed in an instant when a pickup truck slammed into my tail-lift while I was stopped at a traffic light. Fortunately, no one was hurt and the other driver … Continue reading When Life Hits You from Behind
I've decided it's time to write a book. I'm the creative, yet unorganized type and find myself constantly trying to navigate a world designed by the organized people. Thought maybe it was just me, but a couple of "google" searches proved otherwise. I discovered entire professional networks and coaches who help the organizationally impaired. I … Continue reading Time to Write a Book
The bossy co-worker who gets things done; the life-of-the-party co-worker who doubles as the office gossip columnist; the go-by-the-rules co-worker who insists on playing by the book; the best-friend co-worker who is steady and easy-going. What type of person are you at work? Since the days of Hippocrates, smart folks have recognized four basic personality … Continue reading What Type of Person Are You at Work?
Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to the power of mind-mapping. If you are like me and struggle with organization, mind-mapping is a great way to get a hodge-podge of thoughts onto a board where you can turn them into something beautiful. (If your life is expertly organized into properly located and named … Continue reading The Power of Mind-Mapping
This restaurant sign humorously points to the fact that people are different. While there are general personality types, no two people are wired exactly the same. In short, people are different. As an old teacher of mine once said, "it would therefore behoove us" to figure out our own human nature. I'm willing to bet … Continue reading People Are Different