Category: Workplace

When people want to ‘pick your brain’

At a talk recently, someone asked me for the best way to handle a high volume of people asking for informational meetings. You know the sort. The niece of someone you knew at an old job wants to get into your industry. A friend's brother’s friend is looking to start a company. This person was told "oh, you should talk to [you]." An email arrives shortly thereaft… read more »

Trying to understand the phenomenon of Who Moved My Cheese?

"The best laid schemes o'mice and men often go astray." — Robert Burns Spencer Johnson passed away a few weeks ago. He trained as a physician, but he will be forever best known as the author of Who Moved My Cheese? This publishing phenomenon is incredibly short. It took me about 30 minutes to read it the other day, and that's only because the core story is padded… read more »

Avoiding the mommy track

Different people react to parenthood different ways. Some new moms (and dads) want to dial things down professionally for a while. But others do not. Maybe they were on the fast track before and would like to stay on it. Others realize that kids are expensive and it would behoove them to get serious about landing that promotion (with the bigger paychecks). Wom… read more »

What to do when your colleagues do not care about their personal lives

I spoke to the Wharton Women in Business group yesterday. These ambitious women at one of the country's top business schools are always fun to meet with, and this year I decided to do my talk a little differently. Instead of giving my usual speech on time management tactics, I had four women track their time for a week. I talked with each by phone beforehand, and t… read more »

5 ways to hold the line at 40 hours

While many people think of a full-time job as 40 hours a week, white collar jobs can vary wildly in their requirements. In the past, there has often been little accountability, one way or the other. New labor regulations, however, are drastically changing who must be paid overtime for clocking more than 40 hours/week. The salary threshold used to be around $2… read more »