Watch Out For Employee Stagnation

Some years back, I was working part time at an insurance brokerage — as a “word processor”.  No, I wasn’t a computer myself (although it seemed like it sometimes).  But back in the day, people were so unfamiliar with MS Word and other word processing programs that they hired people…

Is it possible to be “authentic” at work? (part 2)

Is authenticity at work even possible?  I think it is–but I’m not talking about “blasting” people, cussing them out, calling them names and then saying, “Oh, I’m just speaking my truth…take it or leave it.” Here’s one model for how to be “respectfully authentic at work”: 1)      Check in with…

The term “Teambuilding”: three categories

Friday, July 24, 2009 by Dave Blum I’ve been thinking, of late, that “team-building” is an awfully fuzzy term.  First off, it’s unclear to me how to even write it.  I mean is it: 1) teambuilding? 2) team building?  or 3) team-building? Then there’s the question of what it is.   For…

Upcoming Free Teleclass

Friday, July 17, 2009 by Dave Blum FR*EE Teleclass: “The JOY of Conflict: Three Roles that Trap Us in Conflict — And How to Escape Them.” A conversation with me and Gary Harper WHEN: Thursday, July 23, 2009, 11am PDT FEE: Free REGISTRATION: Send us an email at drclue@drclue.com and…

Dr. Clue News…SF Chron article and Teleclass on line

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 by Dave Blum Warhol wrote about everyone getting 15 minutes of fame.  Well, I  received a few choice minutes yesterday, thanks to reporter Edward Guthmann, who wrote a nice article about me (and Dr. Clue) in the SF Chronicle’s Monday workplace column.  Check it out at: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/06/29/DDHE18EOBI.DTL What do you think? ————————————————————-   Give…

Giving Feedback That Actually Gets Listened To

Monday, June 29, 2009 by Dave Blum My wife and I had a fight yesterday morning — one of those domestic spats that every couple has now and again.  It went something like this: Jen:  When you slid the extra leaf back into the dining room table, did you clean…

Are We Selling Our Clients Short?

Friday, June 26, 2009 by Dave Blum I’ve ventured into a new team building venture this summer — leading “ropes courses” (for the Pacific Leadership Institute). Based here in San Francisco, PLI actually uses the term “challenge course” and describes it as follows: “Challenge Courses (or ropes courses) are a…