Lessons from My Lay-Off

Posted Thursday, May 27, 2010

May 4th, 2009. One year later I consider it one of the best days of my life but it didn’t start out that way.

I’m hardly alone but last May I was downsized, laid-off, position eliminated, etc… I knew layoffs were coming and part of me hoped that I would be chosen to get the lucrative severance package. I walked out of the building and cried —composed myself enough to call my wife and then cried some more.  Read More »

Getting Punched In the Gut and Ten Things I Did About It.

Posted Friday, February 19, 2010

The job of your dreams. Hmmm. I don’t think you would find a single person in the world that would turn down an opportunity to take the job of their dreams if it was offered to them today.  Read More »

Rules of Authentic Conflict Resolution

Posted Friday, February 12, 2010

Rule #1: There will be conflict
The workplace is a microcosm of the world. Disagreements, hurt feelings, gossip, power-plays, name calling, and misunderstandings happen at work every day. The question is not “if” but “when”—and your response is critical to your career, not to mention your mental health.  Read More »

It's Never Too Late

Posted Tuesday, January 26, 2010

It’s amazing how we absolutely know how to be successful but we hardly ever do it. I did a little research and found a bunch of quotes on the topic. Surely you have heard most of this before:  Read More »


Posted Friday, January 15, 2010

Not that long ago, I worked in the heart of corporate America; in the Chicago suburbs, at a Fortune 500 company, in middle management, in a cubicle. It doesn’t get more stereotypical. I was a real-life Michael Scott.  Read More »


Posted Thursday, January 07, 2010

I was in a coffee shop the other day—absolutely nothing new for me—and a small group of people started an interview session near me. I couldn’t help but hear the conversation and I’m sure glad I did. The culmination of the conversation came when the interviewer asked the interviewee, “So what brought you to where you are today?” and the response was both risky and honest:  Read More »

Authentic Christmas

Posted Wednesday, December 30, 2009

What is an authentic Christmas? This question rolled around in my head as we planned meals and family time over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  Read More »

You're a Thinker

Posted Saturday, December 19, 2009

“You’re a thinker.”  Read More »


Posted Friday, December 11, 2009

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Real or Fake--The Discussion Continues

Posted Friday, December 11, 2009

I am generally a Starbucks drinker—I blame others (you know who you are) for this addiction but nonetheless, I love the white mocha and spend way too much of my money on this particular version of flavored water. However, it just so happens that I have been going to Caribou coffee a couple of times a week over the last few months. For those of you who aren’t in the know, Caribou is the “granola” version of Starbucks. Their marketing is all around the outdoors and I imagine that they would use the phrase “Carpe Diem” in their slogan if they could. Their actual slogan is, “Life is short, stay awake for it.” Recently they went through a major change in how they make their drinks. They are now using “real” chocolate in their drinks. They claim to be the only major coffee place to use “real” chocolate. I found this out as I ordered my standard drink (Turtle Mocha) a few weeks ago and was asked what type of real chocolate I would like to use: Guittard Milk Chocolate, Guittard Dark Chocolate, or Guittard White Chocolate. I wasn’t really sure but I tried the Milk Chocolate and I was not disappointed. My hope was that I would get the drink that I am used to but it turns out that it even tasted a little better.  Read More »

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