| Jan 28, 2013
I've read about how important it is to be agile in today's workplace.
So I tried typing that first sentence with my toes while balancing on one arm atop a cubicle wall. I fell twice and sprained my ankle.
Fortunately, that's not the kind of agile that...
| Jan 14, 2013
If everyone was just like me, the entire office would be made of Belgian chocolate and we'd watch movies all day, stopping only occasionally to nibble on the walls.
Unfortunately, my workplace is like everyone else's: made of bland, inedible materials...
| Dec 31, 2012
The good news is, the Mayans were wrong, and we get to start a brand new year. The bad news is, we will have to spend most of that year working. (Thanks for nothing, Mayans.)
To keep you from feeling too bummed out about the lack of an apocalypse, I'm...
| Sep 17, 2012
I'm excited for my bosses to read this so they can see what an awesome job I'm doing at column writing and at being handsome and great.
You see, the subject this week is bragging — at which I'm very good — and how it has become a sine qua non...
| Nov 13, 2012
When I was young and naive (approximately 16 months ago), I believed all it took to create a happy workplace were big salaries and free doughnuts.
Turns out, it's a bit more involved. There's this thing called "culture," and the happiest workplaces...
| Sep 24, 2012
A workplace discussion of the differences between men and women can be squirm-inducing.
Fortunately, I was born with squirm-resistant genes and dive into touchy subjects, at least until someone gets angry and I hide under my desk.
Connie Glaser, an...
| Oct 1, 2012
While watching television, the remote control occasionally gets knocked off the couch, presenting an epic quandary.
Do I get up and retrieve the remote, disrupting my carefully crafted "comfort zone?" Or do I wait for a family member — or a...
| Dec 17, 2012
It's holiday office party season, that magical time of year when co-workers spend time together having forced conversations over festive snacks that aren't as good as they were before the economy tanked.
Based on extensive research, here is a...
| Dec 3, 2012
Because I'm a very important man, I carry very important things, including: a smartphone, an iPad, gum (fresh breath is critical when you're important), a huge wad of cash that indicates importance, a slingshot (to ward off unimportant people) and a...
| Dec 10, 2012
One of the best experiences of my life was watching Jamie Smith, a young man with autism, leave his routine in Chicago, travel to the Special Olympics World Games in the chaotic Chinese city of Shanghai — and succeed.
Jamie's success -- managing in...
| Jul 30, 2012
Hello! I want you to know that I'm SUPER excited about this week's column!! It's about exclamation points!!!!
I recently received a work-related email riddled with them, as if it was written by an overcaffeinated glee club. "Well," I said, harrumphing...
| Aug 20, 2012
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Now then, let's talk about accountability.
In the past decade, the...