Three Options for Increased Contentment at Work

Three Options for Increased Contentment at Work
  A work environment like The Office where an obtuse boss unknowingly stifles productivity and routinely kills morale makes for a funny sit-com. That series is one of my all-time favorite television shows. However, when fiction becomes reality, it’s not so funny. I’ve seen work environments every bit as dysfunctional as the Scranton branch of Dunder-Mifflin. When an obvious choice... Read More

Are You Hurting Enough to Really Change?

Are You Hurting Enough to Really Change?
  As we enter the last quarter of 2014, I’m reminded of a story by Mike Greene that I read recently in the Business Journals (check it out here). Paraphrasing, the story went something like this: A man walked into an old country store late one afternoon. As he wandered around looking at the merchandise, he was occasionally interrupted by a... Read More

Motivating Your Team: The Importance of Why

Motivating Your Team: The Importance of Why
Because I said so!” Ever hear that growing up? I certainly did on more than one occasion, typically when I had exhausted my parent’s patience with me. Unfortunately, many IT Leaders adopt this behavior as part of their leadership style. What most don’t realize is that using the dictator style of management doesn’t bring out the best in your team. In fact it can... Read More

Understanding Technical Teams Breakfast Workshop in Franklin, TN

Understanding Technical Teams Breakfast Workshop in Franklin, TN
The synthesized voice over the speaker startled the crew, “Ugly, ugly giants bags of mostly water.” Star Trek The Next Generation fans may remember this quote from the “Home Soil” episode that originally aired in February, 1988. Despite the capabilities of the universal translator, much was lost in that translation. Although the words may have been translated accurately, Captain Picard and the... Read More

“Just Hit Somebody!” Developing A Bias Toward Action

“Just Hit Somebody!” Developing A Bias Toward Action
“Come on, hit somebody!” That’s the sage advice I once received from my high school football coach. Later he elaborated to our entire group. I’m paraphrasing here: If you don’t know who to block, that’s a mental mistake. You should know who to block. Period. But if you don’t know who you’re suppose to block, don’t just stand there; block... Read More