Monthly Archives: July 2010

Talking At People – Not With Them

This isn’t really going to come as a shock to anyone but it does make you ask yourself what happens to people when they go to work. there is a new study out this morning from 360i about how companies use Twitter and while their conclusions aren’t really a surprise, they’re a little disturbing. Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Consulting, digital media

Ready To Win

A Trophy With An A++ On It.

You hear the phrase about someone being a “choker” every once in a while.  It’s a negative term meaning that the person had victory within their grasp but let it slip away or that someone performs well most of the time but cracks when facing the pressure of an important event.  It happened this weekend in professional golf and you see it in other sports as well as in business.  Oh sure, sometimes a great performance by a competitor steps up and beats you even when you play well but much of the time, in sports and in business, the person not finishing first wasn’t ready to win. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Helpful Hints, Thinking Aloud


It’s Friday and I’m writing this on a blackberry so I’m going to be briefer than usual. I will, however, have a food-related thought. We were talking at a business dinner last evening about the best dishes we ever ate (and no, it wasn’t triggered by the TV show). My dish involves foie gras (and we’re not going to have the discussion on the ethics of that stuff now) and someone said “oh, I love foie gras but it’s so bad for you.”

At another point, similar language was used about a failed relationship: “I loved her but it was totally toxic and bad for me so we broke up.” That, of course, got me thinking about business.

There are people working on teams with folks they love but are killing them. They’re bad for you and they’re relatively easy to spot. They criticize without the balance of praise. They are always ready to lighten the mood with a joke but never ready with their piece of a project. You probably know someone like this but hopefully not.

As a manager, your biggest responsibility is the health of your team just as you, as an individual, are responsible for not eating the stuff that’s bad very much no matter how much you love it. Everyone has a bad day – that’s the odd occasion during which you indulge in the bad stuff. But a steady diet of bad food – or bad people- no matter how much they’re loved can be fatal.

What’s on your love/bad food list?

Leave a comment

Filed under Helpful Hints, Thinking Aloud