August 2013

Aug 28 2013

Why Are We Still Discriminating?

Today is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Living just outside of DC at the time, I remember the event well, despite my young age at the time.  While we’ve come a long way from blatant segregation, discrimination is alive and well, especially in corporate America. Why is that?

Aug 21 2013

Using Humor to Help Build Teams

Yes, I have team building on the brain. Maybe it’s because coming back from summer vacations is a great time to think about bringing your team together.   Seeing this article in the Wall Street Journal on effective office humor made me realize that one of the most effective team buildings I was ever part of was based in humor.

Aug 14 2013

Do You Even Know Why You’re Having a Team Building Exercise?

I was speaking with a former colleague today asking him. “Of all the team building events we did, what was the most valuable?”  We both really struggled to find the answer. We listed all the events we had done and narrowed it down to a few.  But we quickly realized the most valuable exercises were the ones where we had a specific purpose in mind.


Aug 07 2013

3 Reasons You Need to Fire the Toxic Employee

I had breakfast the other day with a former colleague who’s now managing his own team.  He asked me. “What do you do when you really don’t like one of your employees?” When asked why, he simply stated, “He treats people horribly and brings down the whole office.” I simply said, “You need to fire him”.