Sunday, January 15, 2017

A Reclusive Twin

In the latest of my profiles of people who'd rather be alone, I offer my interview with a 69-year-old twin.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Subjectivity in Performance Evaluations

Often, workplace advice is too pat. For example, "Have measurable goals."
Fact is, quality is difficult to quantify. Can we quantify a psychotherapist’s performance? A musician’s? A writer’s?

In fact, if we attempt to quantify quality, we likely reduce our judgments' validity.  To reduce an employee’s performance to a number is, well, reductionistic. 

That’s true even of the ostensibly quantifiable jobs such as sales. Whether or not a salesperson meets the quota tells only part of the story. To what extent did the salesperson omit details about the product that might have appropriately led the customer to choose a competitor’s product? To what extent did the salesperson spend time helping the customer even though it didn't directly result in more sales? Don't those things count?

My article today presents a dialogue that dramatically addresses the issue of subjectivity in the workplace. Its goal is not to provide a pat answer because none is possible but hopefully to add nuance to your dealing with subjective decisions and to increase empathy for the person on the other side of the table.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A Philosophical Recluse: The latest in my series of profiles of people who prefer to be alone.

My latest profile of a reclusive person tells of a 30-year-old who has concluded that being with people is more trouble than it's worth.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Best and Worst Self-Help Tips

Today is the 1,000th day in a row that I’ve written an article on This seems a good time to offer what I believe are my most helpful self-help tips, and I close with  some popular advice I think is horrible. Here is the link to that article.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Choosing a Calendar

Wall calendars represent the cheapest and easiest way to decorate your walls with a different beautiful image every month just by turning a page.

As I was perusing all the choices, I realized that the process of selecting can be a bit nuanced, incorporating not just aesthetics but what will make you feel good and make the right impression on others. In my case, that's important because I see clients in my home-office.

So, as my article today, I describe what went through my head as I was walking the aisles of calendars.


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Career and Workplace Predictions for 2017

The past two years, I’ve written career and workplace predictions for TIME and they’ve been reasonably accurate. So, my article today offers my predictions for 2017.

“I Thought Being an Introvert was Abnormal”

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My article today offers a distillation of my interview of Darren Love, 21 of  Bellwood Illinois.

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