AT Lesson #7: Be Aware of Informal Communications

AT Lesson #7: Be Aware of Informal Communications
Do. That’s all the message said. A single two-letter word, a command really, scrawled in the loose dirt on the trail. An arrow primitively drawn beside the word directed my attention toward a sparsely wooded and vine carpeted underbrush bisected by a narrow path. Tendrils encroached onto the trail, obscuring much of the footpath and dissuading potential travelers. I looked around for... Read More

Book Review: That’s Not How We Do It Here by John Kotter

Book Review: That’s Not How We Do It Here by John Kotter
“That’s not how we do it here.” Those words, when said by an authority figure such as a boss or team lead, can stifle innovative thinking and cap the creative juices that are necessary for an organization to adapt to a changing environment. I recently listened to John Kotter’s book by that title, That’s Not How We Do It Here! In this... Read More

Failing Your Annual Review

Failing Your Annual Review
  Imagine for a moment being an naval explorer from antiquity. You set sail from the Old World, plotting a course that will take you across the vast and deep sea toward your foreign destination. The trip will be long and wrought with dangers. Head winds will hinder your progress. Cross winds will blow you off course. Storms will rise, tossing the... Read More

Top 5 Books of 2016

Top 5 Books of 2016
I like to read. I find it relaxing, I find it entertaining, and I find it informing. I like a wide range of books. Over the past year, I’ve read non-fiction books on leadership, on behavioral economics, on beekeeping, and on hiking the Appalachian Trail. I’ve read fictional works like Dune, The Old Man and the Sea, and One Year After. Since... Read More