The closest thing to a magic wand

Leadership and management development touch every aspect of your company. Including “hot topic” items such as burnout and mental health. Think about it. What keeps people happy at their jobs? Their manager. What creates and maintains a good company culture? Leadership from top to bottom. And the first-line manager is where the rubber of the culture meets the road of the …

Ten cats, one mouse

Once upon a time, I had ten cats. It wasn’t intentional – they just kept showing up until I said, out loud and firmly, “Enough!” And yeah, it was very furry. But the ten cats aren’t the story here. The one mouse – that’s the story. At the time, I lived in a rural town in south central New Jersey, …

Pizza, pineapple, and cilantro?

These are three things people feel strongly about: pizza, pineapple, and cilantro. There are those who are adament that pineapple should never be anywhere near a pizza, and then there are those who are fans of Hawaiian pizza (ham and pineapple). And there are those who love cilantro, and those who think it tastes like soap and hate it. I’m …

I never played team sports in school

My brother, ten years (almost to the day) younger than I am, played soccer when he was a kid. I’m part of the pre-soccer generation. Though I was a killer on the singles badminton court, and a crack archery shot in high school gym class. And I hated volleyball. Ugh. That Bitmoji image here? Completely untrue and unrealistic. But the …

My college classes wanted papers, not exams

In college, I mostly took classes requiring me to write papers, rather than taking exams. Which is why I never really “got” the cramming-for-exams thing. Cramming: the act of stuffing things (people, objects) into a too-small container (a room, a box). Or too much information all at once into your head. As adults, we might still be cramming, although in a …

When Bonnie caught the groundhog (no blood, I promise)

We have a groundhog problem. It’s a big, fat groundhog that has figured out how to go under the low fence around the bean patch. We just got a hav-a-hart trap on loan from a friend. But I haven’t had time yet to set it up. So when I saw the groundhog squeezing under the fence this afternoon, I let …

A harda** in a pastel floral dress

Once upon a time, I wore pastel dresses, some of which were floral. I can’t quite believe it myself. I seldom even wear dresses now, never mind pastel anything. Though I do have a couple of (not pastel) floral Hawaiian-style shirts. Dress notwithstanding… … a consultant at the company I was working for at the time called me a hardass. …

Roofs, motorcycles, and the Middle Ages

Back when I was in college, a group of us decided to climb up onto the roof of one of the dorms to watch the sun rise. These were old three-story stone buildings with steeply-pitched roofs. (No, we weren’t drunk!) What possessed us, I have no idea, but we did it, and we all got back down safely. Chalk it …

Cats, dogs, leadership, and learning

This is Flicker. Also known as The Flickerator. He’s an excellent trainer of humans. His specialty is Stupid Human Tricks. He’s taught me to … Open the sliding door onto the deck to let him out So he can go around the house and come up to my office window and ask to come in So I open the window …

The oriole and the window

Every spring, Baltimore orioles migrate through this area. Usually they land on the hummingbird feeder, as you can see in the photo. (Taken through a window-screen, so slightly fuzzy.) For some reason, last Friday there was a very – and I do mean very – determined female oriole who was absolutely certain that if she just tried hard enough, she could come into …