David, who was mentioned last week, just sent a link on the subject of unhelpful business language. It was a review of the book, Who Touched Base in My Thought Shower: A Treasury of Unbearable Office Jargon by Stephen Poole. Some of the prime offenders for author Poole are; journey, backfill, going forward, leverage, no-brainer, … Continue reading No, it’s not rocket science.
David* (actually that is his real name) once lamented that some of his colleagues would rather die than say ‘we’ve stuffed it up.’ Instead, catchy phrases were used to paper over the cracks of reality. We’re not failing. We’re restructuring. We’re not looking at why we’re a mess. We’re conducting an organizational review. We’re not … Continue reading Failure is an option.
The whole Mindfulness trend was something I ignored for as long as I could. I felt sure it would require yoga pants and Birkenstocks. As it descended into the world of fridge magnets and miniature books full of quotes, I felt quietly justified that I had avoided another fad. Professor Martin Seligman and John Tierney … Continue reading Should we mind if we’re not mindful?
Observing the trial of Adolf Eichmann, Stanley Milgram, Professor of Social Psychology at Yale asked himself the question, could men like Eichmann be ordinary people who were simply following orders? How willingly would an ordinary human being obey an authority figure if they were instructed to perform an act that conflicted with their conscience? In … Continue reading Milgram and Adventures in Obedience
I once saw the perfect job advertised. It called for a Brand Manager for Tim Tams* and I cried out ‘that’s mine!’ in spite of the fact that I hadn’t actually worked my way up through marketing or the world of fast moving consumer goods. I felt that I had been doing the role on … Continue reading Skull Crackers and Stoic Philosophers.
Is there still a place for self-actualization at work? Abraham Maslow’s name became forever associated with human motivation due to his Hierarchy of Needs, but did you ever wonder, what motivated Maslow to look at motivation in the first place? Would you believe he was not remotely interested in workplace ambition or linking a needs theory … Continue reading How’s the Serenity, Maslow?
It’s a good thing to have role models or mentors in our working lives, and indeed in our personal lives, but where do we find the decent ones? What if we pop our heads up like gophers in a cubicle prairie and find we are without the connections, relationships or basic confidence to ask someone … Continue reading Finding Role Models, Wherever We Can