Tag Archives: Getting what you want

  • Between jobs?


    Being between assignments is a frequent challenge for consultants and contract workers. Perhaps you’re between assignments, or just between jobs. The same principles apply. A few years ago a client asked me how to keep herself cheerful between assignments, so I wrote this book. Austin Kleon, whose book Show your Work inspires me daily (in both my […]

  • Tips on psychopaths in the workplace


    Psychopaths are never fun. Especially if you rely on them for work instructions, performance appraisals or day-to-day survival. Many of my clients have had to deal with psychopaths. It’s never fun. I even wrote about it here (Office Politics: Is this hill worth dying on?) and here (Dealing with Toxic CEOs). This is a great […]

  • Secrets to emotional resilience


    Emotional resilience gets you through life’s hardest challenges. If you’re going through a hard time at work (or at home), maybe there are some gems in here to help you. Remember, doing the same things and expecting different results is just the definition of insanity. You’re not insane! Try something new. Here’s what a study of […]

  • Identify the mistakes


    You know how things go wrong at work, but no one wants to admit it? And you end up finding out way too late to fix it, learn from it or even apologise for it? Great tip in this video from Dan Pink for getting teams to tell you what has gone wrong quickly.  

  • Get some sleep!


    How Much Sleep Do You Actually Need? And how do you get the right kind? This video summarises sleep research suggesting you need your sleep to function fully. And if you’re jetlagged or depressed, then this NY times article will give you some ideas on how to use sleep and light to make a dent in […]

  • Why is it so hard to persuade people with facts?


    Invaluable research on Why it is so hard to persuade people with facts. And a New Yorker article on a similar theme: Why facts don’t change our minds. Some tidbits from the latter: As a rule, strong feelings about issues do not emerge from deep understanding… If we—or our friends or the pundits on CNN—spent less […]

  • Make Friends, Not Contacts: 5 Tips for Networking


    If you want to be happy, make friends. If you want to get a head in business network, right? No, just make friends. Here’s why and here’s how. This review of the book Never Eat Alone offers 5 tips for networking: try to Make Friends, Not Contacts. And here’s how to make friends (and why you’d want to). […]

  • I can’t say no to my colleague


    I can’t say no. That’s what it feels like when a colleague asks for help. Saying no to clients is hard, as I’ve discussed before here. Saying no to your colleagues is harder, because there’s that team work thing to take into account. Can’t say no? get ready for generosity burnout Here’s a few tips […]

  • Hell Yeah! or no


    Since I’ve started collecting things about how to make a “no” sound more like a “yes” for this program, I’ve come across a treasure trove of reasons you sometimes need to say no. It’s against the conventional wisdom (of say yes to everything) and against basic improvisation lore (law?) – the answer is always yes. […]

  • Planning for non-planners


    Tis the season for the planning. Here’s a podcast with my friend Ken Burgin that I did on Friday! For more of my take on planning (and some of the research of which I speak), try the link to my “get what you want” blog posts below. and this link on my Consultants’ Consultant blog.