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Good Timber – from Inspiration in the Cloud

Good Timber – from Inspiration in the Cloud

During our “Inspiration in the Cloud”  Zoom video call today, I shared this poem with all of the participants who joined our weekly 30-minute inspiring conversation. The poem is starkly gender-insensitive, but, remember, he died before I was born!...
How to Be Inspired (and Inspiring) in a COVID-19 Era

How to Be Inspired (and Inspiring) in a COVID-19 Era

You don’t need any message from me about what to do (social distancing, hand-washing, etc.). So let’s look at this a little differently….. We have all been given the gift of time – what will you do with your gift?   We have a golden opportunity to use...
The Myth of Stress

The Myth of Stress

A Buddhist parable tells the story of a monk confronted by a fierce tiger while on a quiet walk. The monk becomes motionless. He knows that just beyond him is a cliff and just below that cliff is the rocky shoreline and the turbulent sea. The monk is caught between...
Why Performance Management Programs Fail

Why Performance Management Programs Fail

Every Performance Management system I have ever seen over the years has typically focused on one thing: employee productivity (aka performance).  In one case, I saw a program developed by a large international consulting firm for a global pharmaceutical company, and...
Reclaiming Corporate Trust and Respect

Reclaiming Corporate Trust and Respect

For centuries the Roman Catholic Church dominated the world. In time, city states, and subsequently nation states, filled the vacuum caused by the decline of the church’s power in the world. More recently, these were replaced by corporations who have come to...
Who Are You Mentoring and Sponsoring?

Who Are You Mentoring and Sponsoring?

When I was 27, with my self-awareness and worldview vastly exaggerated in my own mind, I suddenly became the CEO of Manpower Limited. Possessing nothing but raw ambition, self-confidence and limited skills, I launched into my new role.   The reason I found myself...