Turning employee survey results inside out

Making sense of employee survey results. This week I reviewed the 2018 employee survey results with my department. I’ll be honest; deciphering survey results is a challenge for a variety of reasons. Questions are interpreted differently. Similar questions with slight nuances yield measurably different answers. Survey results are influenced highly Read More …

All I ever needed to know about information security awareness training

This week I completed the annual information security awareness training module. This material is now required for every employee of the company as part of the growing compliance controls for information security. Over the past several years, the core content in the training has changed little. So I’m thankful the Read More …

More or Less?

Truth. There will always be more work to do than is possible to accomplish by my team. Think more. Whine less. Earlier this year I penned some thoughts about thinking through resource contention, Do more with what you have!, because I was looking for better ways to address resource contention Read More …

Revisiting – What are you known for?

Deja Vu I recorded a few rambling thoughts one day after work this week. That’s how many of my blog posts originate. Things happen through the course of a day that stick with me into the evening. When I jot down my thoughts, I see interactions with people, process observations, Read More …

Work with a rhythm

So many things provide rhythm to life. Music Dance The seasons Waking strides Heartbeats Speech Faith What rhythm means to me. Before I ever thought about my daily routines mapping to a rhythm, I was following patterns. Looking back, I remember specific practices I used during high school to complete Read More …

IBM reverses course on work-from-home

We can improve business results with this change! IBM recently announced the end of work-from-home for the Marketing department as it moves towards regional offices for co-locating the Big Blue workforce. They aren’t the first to do this. Yahoo reversed course in 2013 by banning work-from-home and Best Buy followed Read More …

Conflict advice – It’s how you say it

A few years ago when my kids reached adolescence they began to push-back on certain household rules. It was a very natural, if not expected, phase of their upbringing. On a few occasions the conversation escalated to an unhealthy tone. During those times I spoke about an important principle to Read More …

Corralling your task list and action items

The Chaotic Symphony. Throughout the course of a typical week in the office I attract action items and tasks like mosquitos on a summer night. They appear from every direction and often without notice as part of what I call organizational entropy. Most professional workers today have this dilemma because Read More …

Special Sauce

Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun. I remember that McDonald’s commercial like it was yesterday. Now, decades later, I’m still fascinated with ‘special sauce’, just not the sauce on a Big Mac. The topic is universal. What makes companies and groups successful? Read More …