Job Craft: Change Your Work Into Something You Love

March 1, 2021

If you’re like millions of other people riding the pandemic roller coaster, you’re re-thinking your world of work. You’re likely using technology in ways you didn’t imagine a year ago. Your morning commute may be no more than those 25 steps from the kitchen table to that folding table you set up in the guest…

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Can Your Conversations Use Some ‘Design’ Work?

February 22, 2021

We’re living in a world where civil conversation seems to be a lost art. People are polarized on virtually every issue imaginable. And the talking heads on cable news seem determined to out shout and out insult each other. One-way social media rants merely add to the poison. Fred Dust wants to change that trajectory.…

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In a World of Bad Behavior, a Call for Personal Accountability

February 15, 2021

When I was a boy of about five, I loved thumbing through my grandmother’s nature books. One day I came across a full color photo of a butterfly emerging from its cocoon. I was fascinated by the image, and my grandmother gave me a brief tutorial on metamorphosis. It was the biggest word I’d ever…

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How to Care, Coach, and Connect in Your Workplace

February 8, 2021

What object is several times larger than most homes, can comfortably accommodate enough people to populate a small town, weighs more than 400 tons, and can fly? The answer, of course, is a jumbo jet. By employing laws of physics discovered by Newton, Bernoulli, and others, the jet is able to overcome its own mammoth…

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Character Is a Muscle. Are You Exercising Yours?

January 31, 2021

If it seems that the business news is jammed with stories about churn in the C-suite, you’re not imagining things. In fact, CEO turnover is at an all-time high. If that simple fact were not troubling enough, consider this: for the first time in history (as of 2018), CEO firings for ethical lapses exceeded dismissals…

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Take a Fresh Look at Your Work, Focus on What Fulfills

January 26, 2021

You get what you work for, not what you wish for. That truism is no longer just a motivational poster. It’s the mantra of virtually every industry on the planet. Thanks to the pandemic reality check, people everywhere are reassessing virtually every issue associated with work. The adoption of technology has been accelerated (hello Zoom,…

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How Can You Be Sure Your Work Really Counts?

January 20, 2021

As the great philosopher Forrest Gump once postulated, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” That seems to be true with so many things. Ordering a meal at a new restaurant comes to mind. Or hiring someone to repair that gizmo you bought online. Or trying out the…

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Are You Really a Team, Or Just a Group of People?

January 12, 2021

“None of us is as smart as all of us.” Yes, that’s a cliché. But like a lot of clichés, this one is often true. Much has been written and even more has been said about teamwork. A large percentage of the rah-rah “motivational” posters stuck on the walls of employee lunchrooms promote teamwork. Trouble…

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Can ‘Doing Less’ Be Smart for Your Business?

December 28, 2020

We live in a world of change. That’s nothing new. It’s always been so. And the only way to make sense of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. That’s not to say that change is easy or without risk. Most studies show a 60% to 70% failure rate…

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