My Colleague is Taking Credit for My Work You have put a lot of sweat equity into a new, and even innovative, product for a very large children’s toy manufacturer. It fills a niche for pre-kindergarten in your company’s line. The game doesn’t require as much manual dexterity as those for older children but is more challenging mentally then the regular pre-kindergarten stuff. You can see that it would give bragging rights to parents and this co...

Changing Your Spots: The Extro-Introvert In the previous posts, I’ve discussed how introverts and extroverts can operate successfully in a work environment. But I think that the most successful people are kind of extro-introverts. That is, they can call on either set of skills as the situation warrants. So, I’m doing one final example of a meeting. If you tend to extroversion, you should pay most attention to the left-hand column for tips on b...

Extroversion Done Right In the previous post, your extrovert ways blind-sided you when trying to solve a problem with your colleagues. You thought you had a solution but nobody would implement. What went wrong? Well, there were a couple of things: You assumed leadership: Normally, it’s a good thing to have someone in the group who wants to take ownership of the problem and come up with a solution. But because you are all peers, your automatic ...

When Extroversion Can Do You In As I have discussed previously, extroverts rule the roost in most work places. They earn more, get more promotions, and are generally more valued than introverts because of their willingness to lead and sometimes even their charisma. So, if you are an extrovert, you’ve got it made at work. Or so you might think. But before we get going, let’s agree on our terms. What is an extrovert? It is generally agreed that ...

More Faking Extroversion In the last post, I discussed how, as an introvert, you can up your chances to get extra research money by taking a more active role in shaping how things roll out. There are other ways. Ways to fake extroversion Speak up: There are undoubtedly situations where you have an opinion about how your unit should function. You typically might not engage in the debate or, if you feel really strongly, go to the boss afterwards...

Introduction to the Dark Side
/ April 29, 2016

There are three posts which explain the dark side, The Dark Side of Work Revealed What are the Undercurrents of the Dark Side? Does your company have undercurrents? Read these three posts first if you are new to the site.

The Honest One
/ August 4, 2015

About This book is both a novel and essays about work life. In the novel, David is a young man intent on moving up in the company, Protech, which designs security systems. To do this, he steals an idea for a new product from a junior employee and sells it to senior management as his own. The idea takes off but David has to constantly having to do questionable things to keep his status as golden boy. He spies on another colleague for ...

The 9.17% Solution
/ August 4, 2015

About BOTH A NOVEL AND A BUSINESS BOOK This book has two parts. The first is a novel set in the company Summit, a very large consulting firm trying to recover from a devastating and very public scandal. It has become a pariah, the new tobacco. The best people have fled and it draws in those who are looking to cash in on its weakened state. With few qualifications and fewer morals, Jamie wrangles his way in, aiming for the top with as...

Creating the Innovation Culture
/ August 4, 2015

About Creating the Innovation Culture gives managers practical strategies and hands-on advice for encouraging and managing innovation. This may mean actually encouraging dissent, which is the source of innovation, while avoiding too much conflict, which can paralyze a workplace. • Identifies how to encourage dissent and innovation • Illustrates how managers can inadvertently stifle dissent • Explains how to recognize when healthy dis...

Managing Knowledge Workers
/ August 4, 2015

About Managing Knowledge Workers provides practical, doable strategies for managing, motivating, and retaining knowledge workers, without breaking the bank. Managing Knowledge Workers focuses not just on understanding the value of knowledge in your organization, but on managing the human side of intellectual capital. • Shows how to use other more powerful levers than money to attract and retain the knowledge workers. • Provides hands...