Miscellaneous Rants

When a diner drops a fork (A management parable)

Management “parables” seem to have become a bit of a thing in recent decades. Consider such metaphorical management musings as The One-Minute Manager, Who Moved My Cheese?, Our Iceberg is Melting, and that customer service classic: The Fred Factor. So this week, I offer a management parable of my own for your consideration…

The state of the American workplace

This week, the Gallup Organization released a report titled “State of the American Workplace.” So instead of my usual opinions and blatherings, I thought I’d highlight/summarize some of the findings contained in this 214 page report...

Management pablum (#mgmtpablum)

One thing I’ve noticed about Twitter, those silly little inspirational quotes seem to be everywhere. Every business- or management-related account I follow seems to tweet, retweet, and re-retweet these little “pearls of wisdom” almost constantly...

Back to work?

Yes – the holidays are officially over, so this week it’s back to work. Well…for most of us, at least. According to the National Retail Federation somewhere between 640,000 and 690,000 “seasonal workers” were hired for the 2016 holiday shopping season. This includes...

The rancor of Roger Martin

For those of you who follow my blog, you by now know that I don’t think much of management advice books. What you may not be aware of, however, is that when I do take aim at a particular text, I make an effort to contact its author(s) whenever possible...

6½ Answers

Last week, I had some questions for you managers out there. This week, I’m posting the answers. So check them out, see how you did, and by all means, feel free to disagree...