Monthly Archives: May 2007

Deliver bad news early and often

Sometimes, these things just write themselves. Or I write them, when I’m doing something else. Either way, this little ditty I composed seem worthy of inflicting upon the masses. I’m going to elaborate a bit on a problem with which … Continue reading

Posted in Communication, Failure, Fear, Honesty, Management, Mistakes, Tips, Transparency | 3 Comments

Alma Pater

Follow me, if you will, through a little scenario. Let’s say you get a job offer. This job entails your spending four years attempting to complete a project. You can take longer. You can take less. But four years is … Continue reading

Posted in Corporate Culture, Employment, Loyalty | 3 Comments

Performance Reviews – Then What?

You’ve had your review. Hopefully with feedback from many, likely with input and reflections just from your manager. No one becomes “valued” doing just their one thing – we are all replaceable when we fail to differentiate against our stereotype … Continue reading

Posted in Communication, Develop, Execution | 2 Comments

Top 5 physical requirements for working from home

As more and more of us move from the corporate office to the home office, I find that we’re all battling with a workspace-within-my-personal-space issue. By working from home, you just increased your accessibility–to both clients and your family–by tenfold. … Continue reading

Posted in Career, Culture, Tips, Workplace | 13 Comments

Negative motivation

Some people call me “underwhelmed,” but fact of the matter is I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve. Negative feedback or lack of progress or failure often crushes me. At first. But then, it becomes the seed of … Continue reading

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Some Days…

You ever wonder when the wagon wheels are going to go spinning off? I’m home today with a sick child, even as I try to wrap up a few management tasks on a current project and throw myself bodily into … Continue reading

Posted in Agility, Career | 1 Comment

Please leave a message after the beep

Sorry for the lack of posting, as of late. I submit, for your consideration, the following excuses: Amy is on vacation Toby is on site with a client I’m at a tradeshow Hopefully, we’ll get back to posting a bit … Continue reading

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Making mistakes: Providing too much information

Sometimes, you can provide too much detail. What? Rick? Mr. Over explain everything? Surely you jest. No, I’m serious. (Re-reading this post, I realize I have committed this sin, yet again.) Let me give you an example. If you are … Continue reading

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Singing the Praises of Momentum

Whew. I’m about pooped out. As we try to get the final touches on Kumquat, I’m also kicking off a consulting project for a client in which I’m emotionally invested. Exciting things are afoot, but it feels like there are … Continue reading

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