Merit Badge Recognition

June 28, 2021

My perspective about recognition has two dimensions.  The first is to mark an achievement, milestones or culture events. The second is for the physical symbol or award to have artistic originality. In other words, to have meaning beyond the intrinsic cost. One of my favorite recognition program concepts is the idea of honoring success that […]

Making Culture Visible

April 27, 2021

Care to consider something today about people at work that was equally true hundreds of years ago? An idea or principle not whiplashed by windblown trends, fads or even 21st century global pandemics? In essence, my hunch is that people go to work to make their mark. The catch then is:  how do they know? […]

2020 Hindsight at Work

January 5, 2021

In a conflict, you lose a lot of battles, but still win the war.  Covid-19 is a war … and with casualties.  However, it is a war that we will win and I’ll let history weigh-in on the efficacy of our medical and governmental leadership. The benefit of hindsight will help us with future pandemics, […]

When Work Has Its Own Reward

December 5, 2020

This past week did you catch the news coverage of the UPS and FedEx semis hitting the road with the initial shipments of vaccine? Clouded by the severe economic hardships created by the COVID-19 virus in 2020 … I’m not sure that we instantly grasp or appreciate the medical achievements of developing and delivering this […]

Keeping Score: Arena-Factory Parallels?

October 5, 2020

There are some parallels between sports and work in this “season” of unprecedented human interruption.  In sports, many professional athletes are playing shortened or rescheduled seasons with restricted arena attendances.  Or even worse, consider the diminished satisfaction of winning the World Series on a far-from-home neutral ballpark.  At work in business, we are limited in […]

Roll Credits

September 5, 2020

Years ago I listened to a recording of John Maxwell telling a Hollywood story to Darren Hardy, publisher of Success Magazine on a CD insert in each monthly issue.  Maxwell, a former pastor, “preaches” leadership and my favorite quote of his is “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you […]