Collaboration and Vulnerability

In a recent article by Ross McCammon in Entrepreneur Magazine, titled “We’re Better Together, the author begins with a most provocative hypothesis: “To collaborate with another person is to admit weakness.   There’s no way of getting around it. If you weren’t in a position of weakness, you wouldn’t need anyone…

The Speed of Change

The Speed of Change Sometime back, I woke up grumpy.  Hey, it happens to the best of us.  Lack of adequate sleep…a disagreement with a vendor …who knows?  But on a grumpy day, nothing seems to go your way. So there I was, mid-afternoon, looking at my calendar and realizing…

Keeping Virtual Teams on Track

There’s a nice article in Inc. magazine (March 2012) called:  “Out of Sight, Top of Mind:  How to keep a business on track when top performers are scattered across the map”   The author (Jason Fried) provides some great tips for creating and maintaining virtual teams.  To summarize: 1) Working virtually…

When Teams Fall Apart

I’ve been reading a lovely little book of late, called “When Things Fall Apart”, by Pema Chodron.  If you’re unfamiliar with Chodron (nee Deirdre Blomfield-Brown), she’s a world-renowned teacher and writer living up in Nova Scotia, Canada.  Although her books tend to revolve around Tibetan Buddhism, I find that her…

Samuel Johnson

I ran across this quote recently, from the English author and critic Samuel Johnson:   “People need to be reminded more often than they     need to be instructed”. How true!  By the time people reach adulthood, they’ve probably heard pretty much everything they need to know in order to succeed…