Feature Articles

Sep 19, 2014

Best Books for Business: Wendell Berry’s Collected Poems

In the late nineties, I was force-fed a steady diet of business books by my business school professors. “Thinking like a businessman,” they said, “requires reading like a businessman.” And so, extracurricular texts were foisted upon me, and book after book from my professors’ personal stacks made their way to...Read more +
Sep 21, 2014

Geniuses Define Genius

A well-known writer named Wilford Funk loved words. He wrote multiple books to help people increase their word power. Once, to understand the idea of "genius," he researched to see how geniuses themselves defined the word. The pianist Paderewski said, "Before I was a genius, I was a drudge." Alexander...Read more +
Sep 18, 2014

"What Are the Important Decisions?" - Steve Norris

"What are the important decisions?" - Steve Norris
The most important decisions I make as a leader are how I treat people. You know, we’re a company, we’re here to make a profit, we’re here to do good work, but really it has to do with relationships.Read more +
Sep 13, 2014

The Evaluation: Can We Humanize a Dehumanizing Process?

It’s getting close to that time of year when you have to sit in your boss’s office and he or she rates your performance on a 1 to 5 scale in various aspects of your job. Oh boy. Or perhaps you're the one who has to pull out those forms...Read more +
Sep 13, 2014

The Evaluation: Lessons from The Apprentice

Years ago, I was on national television. A reality show whereby I arrived in New York City along with fifteen other smart young thinkers in expensive suits, all vying to be an apprentice to Martha Stewart herself. We befriended Martha. We dined with Donald Trump. We felt like Mark Burnett...Read more +
Sep 16, 2014

"How Do We Know We're on the Right Career Path?" - J. B. Wood

"How Do We Know We're on the Right Career Path?" - JB Wood
No one's career is a straight path; it's a more squiggly, circular, spirally type of path.Read more +
Sep 13, 2014

The Evaluation: In the Principal’s Office

"I'll be perfectly honest with you," he says, as he twists his university class ring. "You won't be an effective teacher." Then comes the deep snort and pinching of the nose. So I gird my spine with steel. Because I’m sitting in the principal’s office. And it feels like a...Read more +
Sep 15, 2014

Share Your Story: Best Books for Business

So first, a confession: This week's community link-up falls under the theme "Best Books for Business," but I am not an avid reader of business books. However, I’ve read plenty of books that have deeply influenced my work in the world. My work life has been greatly impacted by books...
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Sep 13, 2014

The Evaluation: Five Kinds of Supervisor Performance Reviews

I have just walked out of my annual performance review. And this one is noteworthy. It’s my last one; this time next year, I’ll be retired. While I believe that supervisors and bosses are important and indispensable, I will not miss those annual evaluations. After 35 years of both receiving...Read more +
Sep 14, 2014

The Evaluation: Performance Reviews

When you think “performance review,” do you start grumbling to yourself? Do your palms start to sweat? Do you roll your eyes and mutter about “The Man?” Or do you stare into the mirror and smile, practicing your best superficial self-report? If you hate performance reviews, you’re not alone. In...Read more +

Daily Reflection From Laity Lodge

Should Christians Drink, Smoke, or Chew or Go With Folks Who Do?

Growing up in a conservative Christian church, I sometimes heard the ditty, “I don’t drink, smoke, or chew, or go with girls who do.” This was usually said humorously, but the underlying message was one we took seriously. There were certain sins of the flesh good Christians should avoid as a matter of high priority. First on the list was drinking alcohol of any kind. What I learned in church was reinforced by my grandmother, who would say to me,...Read more +