I’ve spent the last decade of my life on one stage or another, first as a stand-up comedian and now as a corporate keynote speaker. Those two careers might seem to have nothing in common, but they’re actually closely related. Both require you to build engaging presentations, both demand an ability to capture an audience’s…Details
I don’t know if you know this about me, but I’m pretty incredible. I can do more work than you can, handle more stress than you can, juggle more responsibilities than you can, make a better soufflé, host a better party, negotiate a better business deal, tie my shoes more effectively…
Author’s note: Please don’t take my advice. Awkwardness is really underrated. We spend so much of our lives trying to do the right thing that we have almost forgotten the pleasures of making others uncomfortable. Sure, we indulge in unflattering judgments and ill-informed opinionating online, but the reactions of others are hidden from us. The…Details
Greetings again from the United States! My wife and I recently returned from a visit to her family in Spain, where everyone is constantly eating gelato. In fact, a recent study found that the average Spaniard is 10% hydrogen, 8% oxygen, and 82% pistachio gelato. Lick a Spanish person’s arm sometime and see for yourself…Details
This is the last newsletter you’ll receive! OK, so that’s not really true. But it is the last one I’ll be writing to you from my home in Michigan. Except that’s not true either. But it definitely is the last one I’ll be writing from my home in Michigan for the next six months. My…Details
My wife and I occasionally argue about the merits of napping. She has a hard time switching off and disconnecting, and trying to do so is often more stressful for her than it is to simply keep working. I, on the other hand, try to take a nap at least every day. Except for a…Details
So recently Adobe decided to eliminate their employee performance review. There are probably a lot of reasons why they made this decision, but the biggest is undoubtedly because their employees hated the performance review. They hated it for the same reason all employees hate performance reviews, which is as follows:
Employee perks can be boring. Most companies allow their workers to go to the bathroom, for example, and several have electricity. But sometimes perks are newsworthy. Google makes a huge deal out of offering breakfast bars and nap pods and on-site massages for their employees. And there are even companies that will provide you with…Details
Greetings, my people! I write you today before heading of to Louisville, which I have learned is a city that is properly pronounced by only using the letter ‘l’ and an optional ‘v’. The city should really be spelled Lllllllllllvlllll, which would make it much easier for strangers to fit in. It’s an economy of…Details
History can be annoying sometimes. Usually I like learning about how people and civilizations got to be where they are. It’s supposed to be instructive, and besides it makes me feel like I’m more well-traveled than I really am. Have I seen a Sumerian ziggurat? No, but I know that was once a thing. That…Details
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