Did you know that June 13 is officially Blame Someone Else Day? I didn’t until recently – and what a relief the knowledge has been! Until now I’ve sometimes been taking responsibility for my actions. Sometimes I’ve even attempted to learn from my mistakes instead of persisting in the comfortable fiction that I have never…Details
Everywhere you look, new hires are endangered. Many of them are about to graduate and start their careers with hearts filled with dreams and rainbows and gummy bears, ready to frolic in the rich fjords of Employmentland. But sadly, too many of them are not prepared for the world they’re about to enter. Some of…Details
Father’s Day is approaching. Everywhere you go, grills and hacksaws and cologne are on sale, apparently since fathers everywhere want to smell their best while they saw their grills in half. I’m sure you’ve also run across a smattering of articles and videos espousing the wisdom that the authors acquired from their own fathers, and…Details
So let’s get one thing straight, Baby Boomers – you’re not babies anymore. You’re in your 50s, so stop lying to yourselves. Oh, and in case you forgot, it was your parents that did all the booming. Stop taking credit for their hard work. That said, you’re not quite the dinosaurs that young people sometimes…Details
Have you complained recently about download speeds for your streaming video? Wondering how you ever survived the fiery hell that was the Age of Dial-Up? Then you have completely (and blissfully) forgotten the days 80s Internet. Watch this 1981 news report about this new-fangled thing called “The Internet” to see how far we’ve really come. And…Details
Photo Credit: Matthew Hurst First off, I hate the word ‘millennials.’ It make them sound either like they were born on the millennium, which would make them all 14, or on the Millennium Falcon, which would make them imaginary. Fortunately for me, I’m pretty sure you hate the word too. I just put it…Details
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Over the years, as things age, they tend to become bitter. Delicious grapes turn into wine, succulent plums turn into prunes – and Kevin Bacon turns into a crotchety old man complaining about all those darn kids and their crappy music. If you’ve ever had trouble with someone from a different generation than you, I…Details
We all hate our jobs sometimes. If you’re reading this on a Monday, you might be hating it currently. Did you bruise your hand punching the steering wheel again while you were stuck in traffic? If only people would simply give you money for being awesome and leave you alone, right? Well, until that happens,…Details
If phrases like ‘circle the wagons’ and ‘all hands on deck’ have you wondering whether you’re in the wild west or sailing the seven seas instead of in a conference room, than you might have a problem with business jargon. Never fear! I’ve come up with a handy chart that will tell you what all that…Details
Ever get trapped by a close talker and wondered if they wanted to talk to you, kiss you, or maybe eat you? Ever try to cheer up a sad mopeypuss (it’s a word now) who seemed determined to suck you into their world of endless sadness? Well I have too, and that’s why we made…Details
My first job was detassling. For those of you who aren’t from the Midwest (and for the 90% of Midwesterners who don’t know what I’m talking about), detassling involves walking up and down rows of corn to remove the pollinating pieces of the cornstalk, so that little corn plants don’t start sprouting up where they’re…Details
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We all get into arguments with others. It usually happens because other people are just being stubborn by refusing to see things exactly the same way that you do. They should, and deep down they know that they’re bad people for being so difficult. But it’s also possible that what I just wrote is a…Details
When I was in 7th grade I had a huge crush on a girl named Christy, or Chrissie or Carla or Maggie – whatever. The point is, I was in love. But she didn’t love me back. So when I called her, she would make up elaborate excuses to get off the phone with me. …Details
Christina Gleason has written an excellent rebuttal to my recent Smart Meetings article, 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Tweet During Presentations. Really. She put the word ‘poppycock’ into her title, which is enough all by itself to convince me that she would be a ton of fun to hang out with. (‘Poppycock” did not make my list of…Details
Hello again! First off, sorry for my absence. I could chalk it up to being busy, but the truth is I was kidnapped by pirates and taken to their jungle hideout. It took me a while to escape and then fashion a raft out of trees lashed together with coconut fibers. But I’m back, and…Details
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There was a time in the world when every day was a vacation, because we hadn’t invented work yet. All of us just wandered around enjoying every moment except for the one when we got eaten by something. But then work came along, and those glory days vanished. Now we have to schedule vacation time.…Details