4 Ways Your Annual Review Is A Game Of ‘Calvinball’

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Originally posted at Forbes.com As the end of the year fast approaches, employers and employees everywhere are embarking upon the annual exercise of the performance review. For too many, this experience is less like a genuine moment of competency evaluation and improvement insight, and more like a game of Calvinball with a salary increase at stake. For the too young or the uninitiated, …

Why Lead?

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Originally posted at Forbes.com There has never been a better time to ask the question of how to succeed as a leader, as the internet is awash in prescriptive answers. Google the simple query “how to be a successful leader,” and you will receive over 280 billion results, chock full of easily digestible lists: “The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically …

The Truth About Lies

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This past week NPR’s podcast On the Media aired an episode titled “Lies, Lies, Lies,” which it described as follows: This election season has been rife with misinformation, half-truths, and pure deceit… but lying in politics dates back centuries. This week we devote a whole hour to LIES: the ones our leaders tell us, and the ones we tell ourselves and …

Most vs Most Important

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Recently, and very much out of the blue, my 8-yr-old son spontaneously sprouted interest in learning and playing the game of chess. Baffled by the request but happy to oblige, I pulled out our chess set and walked him through the various pieces and how they move around the board. For the most part: castling and en passant will be revelations …

High Fidelity

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21 years ago today, I took vows before God, Family, and Friends that instantly gave me a label that I have worn proudly ever since: Husband. Today’s occasion has me thinking about a word and idea that has all but totally disappeared from our modern vocabulary: Fidelity. Google the word “fidelity” and the entire first page of results is devoted …