One of my favorite things is meeting and talking with interesting people. People who like to play with ideas far outside status-quo-industry-standard-best-practices. Those who like to create and innovate and debate how to make things better. That’s why I love attending tiny conferences. These are the conferences where the non-conformists and the people who are looking…

I hear a lot about passion these days. Not the NSFW naughty pictures kind of passion, but passion for work. It seems EVERY college student I talk to tells me (or puts on their resume) they must have a job they are passionate about. Interestingly, they often don’t know what they’re passionate about, they are…

A women at work theme on PiC this month? No worries, I know lots of women at work. My wife is a woman at work. She has been in a leadership or entrepreneurial roles since she was 23. My mother is semi-retired and continues running her business on a limited scale because she enjoys it. My…

After a year hiatus, it’s time to get back in shape and I’ve started going to the gym again. The other day my daughter asked me about the exercise journal I use: “So, does everyone at the gym carry a clip board?” The short answer was, “No.” and her question got me thinking about how…

Culture is not a thing, it’s action. Culture is not intention, it’s behavior. Culture cannot be delegated, it’s everyone. There’s a lot that goes into an organization’s culture, but the simplest operating definition I’ve come across is “culture is the way things get done around here.” Culture is a byproduct of behavior, so maybe we…

Got a talent problem you’re trying to solve? Not a problem. A quick trip through the internet should provide an easy answer. Just look at all the blog and article titles: the one secret, five methods, seven new rules, and forty-three time-proven fundamentals… Insightful advice, mindless parroting, or click-bait marketing? (Hint: the answer is “yes”.)…

Today’s post is not sexy, outrageous, provocative, disruptive, innovative, or thought provoking. It’s just about a simple technique to get more work done better. Quick, what’s the purpose of meetings? (No, not the cynical answers about inflating the perceived importance of the person who’s leading it or killing time between doing real work.) Really, why…