Colleagues Seeking Advice

When a valuable employee approaches you (as an indirect manager) about leaving with no definitive timeline, what do you do? Help them put their exit plan in place? Tell their manager? As an outspoken advocate of freedom (flexibity) at work and employee empowerment, I suppose it’s no wonder why employees have sought my advice on […]

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Fierce or Chicken?

How often do you have extremely polite conversations with someone at work about a controversial topic, that then turns into email-war? There are two words that come to mind: chicken shit.  I realize that this falls under the “emotional honesty” category of trends in 2011 and 2012. So here I am, calling a spade a […]

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When is it OK to be an Impostor?

Agent M1’s post about using someone else’s voice (or wanting to) got me wondering… are there times when it IS productive to try to emulate someone else?  There are times when I do… In the course of my career/working life/whatever, I’ve been lucky enough to have worked for 2 managers that I really respect, NS […]

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Believe in Your…

Ever have one of those days when you are sitting in a brainstorm meeting and suddenly a thought or phrase jumps at you (but you can’t always say it out loud)? Well, the phrase that jumped out at me was “believe in your own b.s.” Confidence reigns at work, and Steve Carrell in “Office” shows […]

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Introducing Agent S1

Hi there… I’m Agent S1. My colleagues and fellow agents have been working hard to convince me I have something to say. And they’ve finally succeeded. So, time permitting, I’ll find my voice and you’ll be seeing more posts and responses from me soon. A little background: I’ve worked in highly functional teams and in […]

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