It is a chicken-and-egg conundrum: do our words produce our thoughts, or do our thoughts determine our word choice? Yes, and yes. We choose our words based on our thinking of an issue and our thinking is swayed by the words we use to describe issues.
Most of the time, I am fairly unconscious about my word choice. When the result of my communication is not as expected, I will slow down and be more intentional about how I choose to describe things. (more…)
Big business buzz these days is the (long overdue) overhaul of performance management from being a yearly onerous event to one consisting of continuous coaching and feedback. My colleagues and I are rolling our eyes, having been promoting this concept for years. It is good to see such a sensible idea finally get some traction. (more…)
I am sitting in one of my favorite locations to think and reflect: an art museum. I am musing on the challenges of work that I hear from my clients while I contemplate beautiful art. I have had a number of discussions recently about the choice some of us have made to abandon corporate life and to earn our keep as an independent professional. For me, being my own boss frees me from needing to conform to the structured life corporations need to produce results using large numbers of different people with different talents and quirks. (more…)