The Secret to Failing Well

Our children finished their Little League Baseball (LL) experience long ago. My LL experience goes back to the mid ’60’s but I still remember. My first at-bat ever, I hit a home run.… Continue reading

Five Ways to Master Office Politics

Image source Office politics is not a dirty word; you’ll go further if you can play. Believing good work always speaks for itself is naïve. Sadly, many bosses rise to authority because they… Continue reading

Identifying Dysfunctional Relationship Patterns

“When relationships are dysfunctional, there are three basic roles people play: persecutor, rescuer, and victim,” Marlen Chism. The lists that follow are adapted from, Stop Workplace Drama. Victims: Constantly complain. Resist solutions. Lack… Continue reading

Three Ways to Escape the Rescuer Trap

Dysfunctional leaders play one of three relationship roles, persecutor, rescuer, or victim. “The victim feels helpless, the rescuer has the answer, and the persecutor tells you whose fault it is,” Marlene Chism in,… Continue reading

Finding Your Place of No Exceptions

When I interview someone, I listen for what interest me and explore it. While Marlene Chism chatted in my ear, I scribbled her statement, “If you can find an exception, it’s time to… Continue reading

Dealing with Tattlers, Whiners, and Backstabbers

Tattlers, whiners, and backstabbers wear a path to your office filling your ear with spin. They have one goal in mind; make their world better at the expense of others. Console them and… Continue reading