Decisions. Our life is full of them, and that’s why our lives are often very annoying. I don’t remember ever agreeing to become an adult, do you? I never asked for this. I was perfectly happy as a child, being force-fed peanut butter and jelly sandwiches because that was the easiest thing for my mom…Details
Nobody knows the future, of course, but it’s always fun to guess at it. So let’s make some guesses, shall we?
To listen to the marketing world, the so-called “Millennials” are the only demographic worth paying attention to anymore. To be fair, marketers have always targeted the young, and this is a huge group of young people – 80 million to be exact, even more than the Baby Boomers whose tastes and culture have until recently…Details
Let’s start with a quiz. It’s only two questions, so I think you’ll survive.
Welcome to summer! At least I hope it’s summer where you are. So far pretty much every day of my summer has involved a 50% chance of rain, and it’s rained 90% of the time, which means that meteorologists are really bad at math. I’ve been forced to mow my grass twice a week, which…Details
My mother retired just over a month ago. She’d worked with the same company for the last 24 years of her career, and she loved the work that she did. But my brothers ended up getting themselves some children (you can find anything on the Internet), and apparently watching grandbabies poop is a whole lot…Details
The first in our series of videos promoting my newest book, “US vs. THEM!” And you should watch it, even if you hate reading or are illiterate. It’s hilarious, and features children and the worst weight-loss device ever. How did those things make it into a video about my book? You’ll just have to watch…Details
Hello, my aspiring professional speakers! If you’re like most people, then you loathe the idea of doing any public speaking at all. Playing music is one thing, because you can hide behind your drum set or use your guitar as a weapon in case your unappreciative audience decides to rush the stage – but there’s…Details
Hey everyone! Just wanted to give you a heads-up that my new book, Us Vs. Them is officially available for pre-order! . If you’ve seen my keynote by the same name, then you’ll know the purpose of the book – to banish once and for all the idiotic notion that there are four generations in…Details
*originally published in my April newsletter I’ve been speaking about leadership for several years now. I’ve read hundreds of leadership books and articles and case studies and biographies, although I have to space them out because eventually your brain begs you to stop torturing yourself and to go do something enjoyable instead. Why? Because after…Details
Well, there’s no getting around it – summer’s about to arrive. After months of blissful cold and weeks of glorious rain and mud everywhere you look, we’re about to be stuck with sunshine and clear skies for a few months. And trust me, I know how depressing that is. Personally I wish we could live…Details
When it comes to generational differences in the workplace, one of the more common distinctions we tend to make is that Traditionalists and Baby Boomers “live to work,” while Gen Xers and Millennials “work to live.” This is typically presented as a generation-specific quality; in other words, Baby Boomers have always lived to work, and…Details
So I fly a lot, and most of it is with Delta. Part of that is because I’ve never had any problem with them, but part of it is because I live in the kind of sprawling megalopolis where the airport offers a choice of…wait for it…two airlines, and the other one is United, and…Details
I’m sure you’ve heard that ‘less is more.’ I’m also sure you’ve realized how often that theory is completely ridiculous. It’s not like you’ve ever said, “Oh please, give me less cheesecake, for that shall be so much more filling.” When it comes to cheesecake, more is definitely more, and usually more isn’t even enough.…Details
Unleash Your Inner Tyrant TV Episode 13 In this leadership video I’m discussing how you can be perceived as a micromanager by asking ridiculous questions. Don’t do this. Did you like this video? Sign up for my newsletter here and get future episodes in your inbox. Or check out my Unleash Your Inner Tyrant! keynote…Details
A couple months ago, NBC ran an article predicting the potential demise of keyboarding classes. It seems that so many kids are becoming accustomed to texting that they don’t see the need to learn formal keyboarding. It also seems that smartphone manufacturers believe that predictive keyboarding is advancing at a rate that will make the…Details