High-Performing Teams: Fate, Chance, or Choice?

Friday night we went out with our neighbors to shoot pool and play pinball.  At some point during the evening, the conversation turned to how we’d met our partners.  My husband, Paul, is from Perth, Australia, one of the most remote cities in the world, and we met while he was working on a short-term…Continue Reading

Throughput is a Dirty Word

Let’s face it, if you know me even a little bit, you probably know about the swearing. Yes, mine. Not proud of it, and not making excuses. Growing up in a working class town near Chicago was a little like “The Sound of Music” where the hills (which are nonexistent), were alive with the sound of f-bombs! …Continue Reading

Agile Your Life: It Can Work for the Rest of Us, too

  We work with a lot of technology companies and over the years have come across many “hot new trends” to get stuff done. Some of these are short-lived (remember RUP?) while others linger on longer than they should (waterfall, anyone?). And then there’s Twitter, something I was convinced would be a passing fad. Only it didn’t go away so I jumped on…Continue Reading

Tis the Season to Get Real About 2018

Tis the Season to Get Real About 2018 Recently someone asked me to facilitate a multi-day innovation workshop for a large company. Those of you who know me, would probably say that sounds like a fun, creative project that is right in your wheelhouse!  And it was, except when it wasn’t. In PDX where Santa Rampages and Naked Bike Rides…Continue Reading

Some Changes Feel, Pure and Simple

Some Changes Feel Bad, Pure and Simple “Change is an event; it’s neither good nor bad.”  As soon as someone tells you that, you know they are full of BS! Last month we talked about reorgs and how to survive one.  But what happens when you are the one who gets laid off, or it’s your…Continue Reading

How to Survive a Re-org

How to Survive a Re-org A few years ago, I worked for large, global company near Portland, that is well-known for its products and ubiquitous logo. One day, we were told that headwinds in the economy (remember 2009, everyone?) meant there would be a company-wide reorganization soon. For several months we watched as our leaders went missing…Continue Reading

Owning Your Career Part 2

Owning Your Career – Part 2 Last month we started our conversation on career mapping so that you can ave the career and life of your dreams!  We use a simple 4-step process – Reflect – Assess – Define – Engage – that makes it easier than ever.  Since we tackled the Reflect process already, let’s move…Continue Reading

DIY: Live the Life You Love with a Career Map

DIY: Live the Life You Love with a Career Map The job market has been HOT the last year or so and yet many people feel edgy, like we are living in uncertain times. Maybe it’s the summer heat or the crazy politics in Washington. who knows!  Whatever the reason, there is one thing you can…Continue Reading

Power to the People – It’s Not A Generational Gap

Power to the People – It’s Not A Generational Gap “To Give Anything Less Than Your Best is to Sacrifice the Gift.” – Steve Prefontaine Last month we talked about Millennials in the workplace and debunked a few myths.  I also promised to continue the theme and focus on the other workplace generations this month. Since then,…Continue Reading

The Rise of Millennials at Work

Recently I went to Vegas to speak at an HR Strategy a conference. I was so zero chill about this trip because: Well, it’s Vegas of course, YOLO (You Only Live Once) If I hadn’t accepted the gig it would have led to a major FOMO (Fear of MIssing Out) Okay, okay, some of you probably have…Continue Reading

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